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V-Ray 3 for SketchUp – Now compatible with SketchUp 2017

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V-Ray for SketchUp comes with all the lighting, shading and rendering tools you need to create professional, photoreal imagery and animations.

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is a brand new rendering experience. It’s been redesigned from the ground up. The new user interface is clean and simple. With quick presets and streamlined controls, 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.


Key Differentiators


  • Easy to use: Easy to learn, easy to use. V-Ray for SketchUp is designed to get you up and running in no time.
  • Quality: V-Ray lets you create the highest quality renders possible – directly in SketchUp.
    Power: V-Ray gives you the power to render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.
  • Speed: Render fast, design faster. V-Ray for SketchUp lets you spend more time being creative and less time waiting.
  • Creative control: Focus on design, with a full suite of creative tools for lighting, shading, and rendering.
  • The industry standard: 92 of the top 100 architecture firms in the world render with V-Ray every day.


Key Features


  • Twin-engine performance: V-Ray includes two powerful rendering engines. With CPU or GPU acceleration, you can use the best engine for your project and hardware.
  • Interactive rendering: Render interactively while you design. Fine-tune lights and materials and see the results right away.
  • Global illumination: Render photorealistic rooms and interiors with V-Ray’s powerful and fast global illumination.
  • Accurate lights: Render natural and artificial lighting using a wide range of built-in light types.
  • Environment lighting: Light your scenes using a single high-dynamic-range image (HDRI) of its environment.
  • Physical sun & sky: Simulate realistic daylight for any time and any location.
  • Real-world cameras: Work like a photographer, with controls for exposure, white balance, depth of field and more.
  • Physical materials: Create great looking materials that look exactly like the real thing.
  • Advanced textures: Create realistic and unique materials using any texture map or one of V-Ray’s many built-in procedural textures.
  • Proxy objects: Bring more detail to your project with memory-efficient proxy models of complex objects like grass, trees, cars and more.
  • Render elements: Render your scene as separate passes for more artistic control in your image-editing software.
  • Frame buffer: Track render history and fine-tune color, exposure, and more directly in V-Ray’s frame buffer.
  • Network rendering: Use the full computing power of your network to render single or multiple images all at once.
  • V-Ray Scene export: Share complete, ready-to-render V-Ray 3 for SketchUp files with any V-Ray 3.4 or higher application.



What’s New


  • New UI: Introducing a redesigned, designer-friendly user interface for faster workflows.
  • Material library: Select from over 200 drag and drop materials to speed up your next project.
  • V-Ray Swarm: Introducing a powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast.
  • Denoiser: Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.
  • One-click VR: Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • Section cuts: Easily create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper.
  • Aerial perspective: Quickly add realistic atmospheric depth and haze.
  • Grass: Create realistic grass, fabrics, and carpet with V-Ray Fur.



Licensing, Pricing, and Promotions


Price reduction

With the launch of V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, prices for licenses have been reduced. Your clients can now save more than 13% on purchases of new or upgrade licenses!


New licensing policy

Our licensing policy has recently changed and V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Workstation licenses now comprise of 1 GUI and 1 Render Node license. This change makes it possible for your customers to use their licenses seamlessly across multiple 3D platforms.


New rental license option

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

  • Short Term Rental (1 month) license
  • Long Term Rental (12 months) license


New price list (effective March 7 once the new price list is live on chaosgroup.com)


Perpetual GBP
V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Workstation £430


Upgrades GBP
Upgrade from V-Ray 2 to V-Ray 3 Workstation for SketchUp £170
Upgrade from V-Ray 2 to V-Ray 3 Workstation for SketchUp + 5 V-Ray 3 Render Nodes £430
Upgrade from V-Ray 2 to V-Ray 3 Workstation for SketchUp + 10 V-Ray 3 Render Nodes £600


  • A complimentary 6-month V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp license will be provided with each upgrade.


Bundles GBP
V-Ray 3 Workstation for SketchUp + 5 V-Ray 3 Render Nodes £1080
V-Ray 3 Workstation for SketchUp + 10 V-Ray 3 Render Nodes £1570


Rentals GBP
Short-Term Rental V-Ray 3 Workstation for SketchUp (monthly) £30
Long-Term Rental V-Ray 3 Workstation for SketchUp (annual) £220



Online licensing

With the release of V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, we will now offer an online licensing option. With online licensing, there is no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed. Online licensing is fast and secure, and your customers will be able to access their new software much faster – without the back and forth of WBC and RTU files.


Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.


Free upgrade from V-Ray 2 for SketchUp

Anyone who purchased a new license or upgraded from V-Ray 2 for SketchUp, within the validity period, qualifies for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3 for SketchUp. This free upgrade includes one workstation license plus one render node.


Due to high interest in this offer, free upgrades can take up to 10 business days to be processed.


In order to speed up the free upgrade process, please enter upgrade requests for your clients directly in the Partner Portal with WBC file/s attached.


Upgrade licenses will be eligible for online licensing later in 2017.

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