updated 04:15 pm EST, Mon December 14, 2009
Enhances visuals of SketchUp designs
Visual Dynamics has uncovered plans to bring the V-Ray rendering engine to the Mac edition of SketchUp, Google's 3D modeling tool. SketchUp is oriented towards object and architectural design, and can import and export using a variety of formats, or else tap into a library of free models. The V-Ray engine improves on the visual quality of SketchUp output, supporting techniques such as high dynamic range (HDR) and per-material global illumination.
Also added are caustics, and a physical presence for the sun, sky and cameras. When handling original SketchUp materials, the engine integrates them alongside native content. V-Ray for SketchUp Mac Edition is scheduled to ship on January 2nd; the software will normally cost $799, but can be pre-ordered for $599 until December 18th.