updated 03:50 pm EDT, Mon June 23, 2008
Architosh: New 3D tools
A updated rendering application and a new 3D plug-in for Google Sketchup have been announced, according to Architosh, a site for Mac-based architects and CAD/3D professionals. IMSI/Design has unveiled IDX Renditioner, a plug-in for photo-realistic rendering in SketchUp. Architosh is also reporting the release of Maxwell Render 1.7, bringing new features and improved realism to that company's rendering software.
IMSI/Design says its new plug-in is "designed for novices but powerful enough for professionals, according to Architosh. The company says IDX Renditioner supports multi-threading and can produce "emotionally powerful renderings" of up to 16 megapixels. The plug-in allows users to add natural lighting effects and apply various textures to modeled objects. IDX Renditioner works with SketchUp for Mac and Windows, and costs $200.
Maxwell Render 1.7 adds a host of new features, according to Architosh. Spain-based Next Limit Technologies says its updated rendering engine includes a new, more realistic "Physical Sky System," an revamped material editor, better texture handling and improved memory optimization. The new version supports free plug-ins for various 3D and CAD applications, including SketchUp. Maxwell Render 1.7 costs $1000, with node licenses available for $400.