updated 07:00 pm EST, Tue February 7, 2012
New rendering engine simulates environment, time
Architects can take their designs to the next level, creating fly-throughs that offer physical simulation of light, reflections, time-of-day adjustability, water and sky renderings to achieve extremely realistic presentations based on Google SketchUp drawings with e-on Software's LumenRT 2, now available for Mac and Windows. The plug rendering solution for SketchUp uses an entirely new rendering engine that brings Vue environmental technology to design drawings.
The program features state-of-the-art real-time rending that includes advance material rendering, precise anti-aliasing and motion blur, along with software shadows and accurate reflections. It supports exporting renderings in SketchUp time-lapse animation mode, and uses its own materials editor be used directly inside SketchUp. LumenRT 2 also offers lower-quality real-time rendering for slower or older graphics cards.
E-on says it will port LumenRT 2 to other major 3D platforms over time, and is offering a free trial version (fully functional for 15 days, but output is watermarked) for both platforms now. It works with both the free and pro versions of SketchUp, and users of LumenRT can upgrade to the new version for free until February 29th, 2012.
The software sells for $295, but for a limited time is being offered at $195. It requires an Intel Mac (10.6 or higher) or Windows XP, Vista or 7.