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V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp – Now compatible with SketchUp 2018

System Requirements

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Release Notes

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is a brand new rendering experience, redesigned from the ground up. The new clean and simple user interface have quick presets and streamlined controls so you can focus on being creative, without worrying about the technical stuff. Now, it’s faster and easier than ever to create great looking renders right in SketchUp.
V-Ray 3 is the smartest and fastest rendering solution for SketchUp. Its twin-engine rendering architecture is built to take full advantage of the latest CPU and GPU computing technology. With a full suite of creative tools, V-Ray lets you render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.

New Features

viewport rendering

Viewport rendering

With new Viewport rendering, you can easily select and render multiple regions at once and quickly blend between your V-Ray render and SketchUp model using +/- hotkeys to control opacity.

powerful GPU rendering

Powerful GPU rendering

Faster, more powerful GPU rendering with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.

Hybrid GPU+CPU rendering

Hybrid GPU+CPU rendering

V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of all available hardware, including CPUs and GPUs.

Adaptive Lights

Adaptive Lights

For scenes with lots of lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can help you cut render times by up to 700%.

Smart UI

Smart UI

The entire V-Ray for SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors.

File Manager

File manager

Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.

V-Ray Color picker

V-Ray Color picker

New color picker that’s simple and powerful. Select color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.

V-Ray Scene import

V-Ray Scene import

Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.

Sunlight Studies

Sunlight studies

Create sunlight & shadow studies with SketchUp sun animation.

Fog

Fog

Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.

New texture maps

New texture maps

Fine-tune the look of your scene with new gradient, color temperature, and procedural noise texture maps.

2D Displacement

2D displacement

Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling with optimized 2D displacement — perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.

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Animated proxy objects

Easily add pre-animated 3D objects like walking people and trees blowing in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.

Proxy previews

Proxy previews

Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the SketchUp viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), and the new low poly Proxy preview mode.

Better viewport materials

Better viewport materials

Get a more accurate preview of your V-Ray materials in the SketchUp viewport.

Better denoising

Better denoising

The V-Ray Denoiser is now easier to set up and you can refine settings even after you render.

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Major Features

CPU & GPU rendering modes

CPU & GPU rendering modes

V-Ray includes two powerful renderers in one. With CPU or GPU acceleration, you can use the best engine for your project and hardware. New Hybrid GPU+CPU rendering now available.

Interactive rendering

Interactive rendering

Render interactively while you design. Fine-tune lights and materials and see the results right away.

V-Ray Denoiser

V-Ray Denoiser

Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%. Now supports denoising after rendering.

Global illumination

Global illumination

Render photorealistic rooms and interiors with powerful and fast global illumination.

VRscans materials

VRscans materials

Now compatible with real-world scanned materials from VRscans, a subscription service that provides access to a library of over 600 photorealistic, drag-and-drop materials.

Accurate lights

Accurate lights

Render any type of natural or artificial lighting with a wide range of built-in light types.

Environment lighting

Environment lighting

Simply light your scenes with a single HDR (high-dynamic-range) image of its environment.

Physical sun & sky

Physical sun & sky

Simulate realistic daylight for any time and any location. Now supports SketchUp sun animation.

Fog & Aerial perspective

Fog & Aerial perspective

Quickly add realistic atmospheric depth and haze. True 3D fog with realistic light scattering is now available.

Real-world cameras

Real-world cameras

Work like a photographer, with controls for exposure, white balance, depth of field and more.

Virtual reality

Virtual reality

Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.

Physical materials

Physical materials

Create great looking materials that look exactly like the real thing.

Material library

Material library

Select from over 500 drag and drop materials to speed up your next project.

Advanced textures

Advanced textures

Create realistic and unique materials using any texture map or one of V-Ray’s many built-in procedural textures.

Frame buffer

Frame buffer

Track render history and fine-tune color, exposure, and more directly in V-Ray’s frame buffer.

Render elements

Render elements

Render your scene as separate passes for more artistic control in your image-editing software.

V-Ray Swarm

V-Ray Swarm

Introducing a powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast. Get an extra speed boost with V-Ray Render nodes.

Proxy objects

Proxy objects

Bring more detail to your project with memory-efficient proxy models of complex objects like grass, trees, cars and more. Now supporting animated proxy objects.

Grass

Grass

Create realistic grass, fabrics, and carpet with V-Ray Fur.

Section cuts

Section cuts

Easily create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper. Now supporting Intersection mode.

V-Ray Scene support

V-Ray Scene support

Export complete scenes from V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp and render with other V-Ray 3.4 (or higher) applications.

Now in V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, import and render V-Ray Scene (.vrscene) files from 3ds Max, Rhino and Revit.

Free 30-Day Trial

Users can try V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp free for 30 days even if they have previously downloaded a V-Ray for SketchUp trial! Please note, the offer is only valid for trial users who haven’t purchased a commercial license, and for users with NFR or EDU licenses.

Please note that with the launch of V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, we will no longer support V-Ray 1.49 for SketchUp. V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp will not support SketchUp 2017.

Licensing policy

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp is a free update for all V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

Our new License Server introduces flexible licensing for all Chaos Group products, without the need for any physical devices to be plugged into the machine. The license can be activated or released in a floating license environment. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp is available through a new streamlined installer combining installations for SketchUp 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Rental licenses

In addition to our standard perpetual licenses, Chaos Group offers two new types of rental licenses:

Short Term Rental (1 month) license

Long Term Rental (12 months) license

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