Is V-Ray 2.0 Compatible with SketchUp 2016?

An update will be released tomorrow (25th Nov) which will include full support for SketchUp 2016. This is a free update for all existing V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp users and will be available from the downloads section in your Chaos account.

The update will include improvements to animation, batch rendering and support for Skatter and ArchVision RPCs.

Keep an eye out on our blog tomorrow for further news of the update!

Get A Free Upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp..

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Purchase or upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp today and get a free upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp when it releases early next year. Users who have purchased a license from 1st November will be eligible for the free upgrade.

Chaos will also be releasing a free update tomorrow (25th Nov.) for all V-Ray for SketchUp users which will include full support for SketchUp Pro 2016.

Last Day to Save on V-Ray for SketchUp!

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Calling all V-Ray for SketchUp users! Today is the last day to save 15% on additional licenses.
Take advantage of the amazing offer while you still can!

To buy, simply select the additional license promo option on our product page, call us on 01206 804984 or drop us a line at sales.support@cadsoftwaredirect.com.

When will V-Ray be Compatible with SketchUp 2015?

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At the time of writing (6th Nov. 2014), the current version of V-Ray for SketchUp does not officially support SketchUp 2015. However, Chaos are in the final testing phases of an update which will include support for the new version including a 64bit version of V-Ray for SketchUp to match the new 64bit version of SketchUp. Although we can not say for sure when the update will be available, we can assure you that Chaos are doing everything they can to both make it available as fast as possible and make sure it’s working.

The free update will be available for current V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp users (Educational customers, will need to email sales.software@chaosgroup.com for update information).

If you are unable to work without V-Ray we would recommend delaying your upgrade to the new 2015 release until the update has been made available.

(Chaos are unable to guarantee that scenes that have been worked on in SketchUp 2015 will still work if opened with V-Ray and SketchUp 2014.)

We will continue to work with Chaos and keep all SketchUp and V-Ray users up to date with any new information we receive on the release.

V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service Pack 2

The V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service pack 2 is now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page.

This is a free update for all current V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp users.

What’s New in V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp SP2?

V-Ray Express: Users can easily access more than 200 materials and interchangeable lighting setups to create realistic studio scenes and illuminate models faster than ever.
V-Ray Express will be available separately from the downloads page.
Frame Start animation option: You can now render individual frames or ranges of frames. e.g.: 5,100-110, 200, 352.
Pack all V-Ray Materials: Archive your V-Ray for SketchUp materials and all external files into a single ZIP for easy sharing and back up.
Improved support for using V-Ray Frame Buffer Channels
Improvements and fixes to the Batch Render tool
New and improved product documentation

See the full list of features in V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp SP2.

Become V-Ray Famous!

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We’re currently working with Chaos Group, looking for case studies and showcase renderings to feature in a wide variety of situations where V-Ray for Sketchup is promoted. This includes the Chaos Group website, CAD Software Direct and printed and online media worldwide. Featured work is credited by company and with watermarked logo. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your company’s work. Why not get in touch today?

Email us today at casestudies@cadsoftwaredirect.com with your V-Ray for Sketchup images, animations or case studies.

How to Upgrade V-Ray for SketchUp

As most of you already know V-Ray for SketchUp 2.0 has recently been released (see our blog post “V-Ray for SketchUp 2.0 Release” for a list of all the new features). The new version is now licensed with a USB dongle to ensure optimum security and reliability meaning you can take your license with you wherever you go. New licenses of V-Ray for SketchUp bought between the 15th May 2013 and 15th September are eligible for a free upgrade. If you purchased before the 15th May the upgrade price is £195 +VAT plus your V-Ray Dongle (£23.50+VAT). For a more detailed explanation on how to upgrade please see the steps below:

 

I purchased between the 15th May – 16th September

  1. Visit our V-Ray Dongle page.
  2. Purchase a V-Ray Dongle
  3. Reply to your order confirmation with previous order details.
    (If you bought your license from us simply send us your order number or, if your license was bought elsewhere please forward your name and license details)
  4. Sign into Chaos (once you have received your login details) and download version 2.0
  5. Wait for your dongle to arrive, once you have this you are ready to go!

 

I purchased before the 15th May

  1. Visit our V-Ray for SketchUp page
  2. Choose the Upgrade option

  3. Choose a dongle option
  4. Sign into Chaos (once you have received your login details) and download version 2.0
  5. Wait for your dongle to arrive

 

 

V-Ray for SketchUp 2.0 Release


V-Ray for SketchUp 2.0
is available to buy now!

 

New to Version 2.0

GEOMETRY

V-Ray Proxy – an indispensable tool for managing scene memory and efficiently rendering massive amounts of geometry. V-Ray Proxy objects are dynamically loaded and unloaded at render-time, saving
vital RAM resources. Use V-Ray Proxy to render millions of polygons at maximum memory efficiency and increase the amount of detail and complexity of your SketchUp scenes.

Faster Parsing Times – major speed improvements have been made when processing the SketchUp scene for rendering with V-Ray.


RENDERING ENGINES

V-Ray RT CPU & GPU – a revolutionary rendering engine providing instant feedback and streamlining scene setup. Because V-Ray RT is built upon the same robust core as V-Ray, it is seamless to transition between V-Ray RT and production rendering. For the everyday user this s a very powerful interactive rendering solution that allows them to simultaneously work and render inside of SketchUp. The
instant visual feedback makes for quicker design, material, and lighting decisions.

Retrace Threshold – reduce Light Cache artifacts and improve the appearance of glossy reflections and refractions when using the time saving feature – Use light cache for glossy rays.


LIGHTS

Dome Light – creates simple, artifact-free image-based lighting using the Dome Light. Its powerful importance sampling analyzes HDR images and optimizes light tracing and GI precision. This new feature will streamline your workflow when using image based lighting in your scenes. It will not only save you setup and rendering time but it will also increase the quality of the image based light and shadows.

Lights as Components – V-Ray lights can now be part of a SketchUp component, making the process of changing the design and settings of multiple lights at once much easier.

Sphere Light – create spherically shaped area light.

 

MATERIALS

V-Ray Materials – a new compact and optimized material that includes diffuse, reflection, and refraction parameters with the ability to change the BRDF.

Wrapper Material – can be used to specify additional properties per material. Most importantly you can now create true matte materials which show the background as opposed to the base material.

VRMats Library – a new library contains an extensive collection of ready to use and photo realistic V-Ray materials.


FRAME BUFFER IMPROVEMENTS

Render History – this option allows you to save your rendered images and load them directly in the V-Ray frame buffer.

Compare Tool – a new option to easily compare two rendered images directly in the V-Ray frame buffer.

V-Ray Lens Effect – allows you to achieve bloom and glare effects in your renderings.


OTHER

Rendering Presets – with our collection of interior and exterior rendering presets you can quickly switch between draft and high quality rendering settings. You can also create and save your own presets to customize and streamline your workflow.

Camera Presets – with camera presets you can quickly switch between different exposure setups for illumination scenarios like cloudy sky, after sunset, interior natural light, etc. You can create and reuse your own custom camera presets.

Set Camera Focus – you can now setup depth of field with ease by simply picking a point in the scene where you want to focus the V-Ray camera on.

Lock RT – the SketchUp scene can be edited without changing the view in RT.

64-bit Rendering – 64-bit rendering is now supported locally and via distributed rendering.

Distributed Rendering – offload renders to other computers and continue working in SketchUp by using the option “Don’t use local machine.”

Normal Mapping – add more accurate simulation of detailed 3D surfaces in SketchUp.

Environment Mapping – matching your SketchUp model to a background image is now easier than ever before with the additional Screen, Cylindrical and Shrink Wrap environment mapping types.

Pack and Go – archive your SketchUp scene and all external files into a single ZIP for easy sharing and back up.

Multi-Session Support – OS X users now have the ability to set the current model that V-Ray will render.

Animation Support – the ability to produce animation for SketchUp projects has been streamlined, ensuring a cleaner and easier creation process.

Opacity Mapping – the option “use color texture as transparency” is available for all SketchUp materials. This is important when using PNG or TIFF textures with built-in transparency channels.

Procedural Texture Mapping – we added more texture mapping to allow you create different effect on the materials. Now you have more freedom on the materials creation.

 

Purchase V-Ray for SketchUp 2.0 now!