iRender nXt for SketchUp is a rendering system that allows you to enjoy the AccuRender Ray Trace engine directly from SketchUp. Materials, lights, reflections and scene settings are all stored in the SketchUp model so that the model can be rendered as a photorealistic image without having to redefine the scene after the 3D Export. iRender nXt for SketchUp expands these capabilities by adding fractal plants, solid materials, Radiosity, and other advanced rendering settings.
IRender nXt will improve client presentations of your SketchUp models. High quality architectural renderings created with IRender nXt from your SketchUp models can be an important addition to your client presentations and proposals.
IRender nXt is a premiumSketchUp rendering solution:
Easy to learn
Fast high quality photo quality rendering
Large high quality material library
Pre-built custom component you can use directly in your 3D models to save time
Used in 100+ countries by industries including architecture, stage design, manufacturing, and more
Key Features and Benefits
Fully integrated into SketchUp - This means that the IRender settings are stored in the SketchUp model, so you do not have to make changes if you reload the model, or for subsequent renderings of the same model. Rendering settings and rendering functions are all available from a SketchUp toolbar.
Lighting Presets - This feature lets you choose predefined settings for the most common lighting situations.
Indirect Lighting - This feature allows processing of light reflected from mirrors and other surfaces to create a realistic lighting effect, which improves with each successive rendering pass. Indirect should be used with most interiors scenes to soften the lighting effects.
Auto Reflection - This feature makes materials reflective by using a matching word pattern method in the material name. The reflection values for intensity, sharpness, index of refraction, and bump are preset, so reflection values for materials do not have to be individually set. For example, you can specify that all material names that match the pattern "steel" will be 90% reflective and metallic.
nXt Material Libraries - There are more than 5,000 materials in the nXt Material library. You can select any material from the library and place it on a SketchUp face to create a similar SketchUp material. In many cases the SketchUp material is an approximation of the full fractal material which will be created when you render the model.
SketchUp Materials - SketchUp materials are automatically rendered as materials in IRender nXt. You can set reflection and other rendering properties by right clicking on a face containing a materiel to set its rendering properties.
IRender Ready Content - A special collection in the Trimble SketchUp 3D Warehouse includes lights, mirrors and other components that are ready for use with IRender. Lighting, Reflection and other render settings are already stored in the the components, making these components IRender Ready.
Material Wizard (Advanced) - Sets multiple settings for a single material - such a setting both transparency and index of refraction for glass materials.
Reflections and Mirrors - Make any SketchUp material reflective with a simple right click edit. You can start with a default Reflective Material and use a slider bar to change the amount of reflection. You can also add other special features - such as Sharpness/(blurriness), glossiness or metallic reflection.
Material Wizard - Apply reflection and transparency directly to SketchUp materials. Changes are made easily with a slider bar. IRender nXt sets multiple settings for a single material - such a setting both transparency and index of refraction for glass materials.
Light Balancer - This is an important new feature of IRender nXt which lets you quickly adjust light sources. By assigning channels to sun, sky, and groups of lights, you can quickly adjust the intensity of each channel with a slidebar and immediately see the effect on the final rendering. You can quickly adjust the intensity of each channel with a slide bar and immediately see the effect on the final rendering. This will saves time both in determining the relative intensities to use for light sources and in fine tuning the final image before publication.
Create Lamp or Light Fixture - Add lamps and light fixtures to provide lighting for your Interior Scenes or Nighttime Scenes.
Self Glow - Illuminates a surface as if it had light shining on it, without actually making it a light. For objects which you want to appear bright, but which don't need to illuminate other objects, this is much faster than making lights out of them.
HDRi Skies - IRender nXt offers support for HDRi Skies - used as visible skies, as sky reflections and for illumination from the Sky.
Translucency - Translucency is the ability for light to pass through a material that is not transparent.
Transparency - IRender nXt automatically uses SketchUp transparency settings. It includes refraction, reflection and illumination through the transparent surface. You can edit the transparency settings with a slider-bar, change the Index of Refraction , or add other special effects such as Translucency and Caustics
Daylight Portals - This feature is a special transparent face placed over an exterior opening or window which causes exterior light to be processed better.
Image Layer Wizard - This feature makes it easy to scale and position foreground and background images with your rendering.
Post Processing Wizard - IRender nXt includes several post processing features to make changes to your rendered image without the need of using other third party software.
Animation - High quality animations of SketchUp models can be made with IRender nXt . In IRender nXt animation is created by rendering scenes, moving the camera, and rendering the next frame. We pass the rendered scenes to QuickTime to create a .AVI movie. (Or as an option, you can create a .JPG image for each frame and assemble them into a movie later.)
High Resolution - With IRender nXt you can render a high-quality, high-resolution image suitable for creating posters, etc. Very high resolutions will require more RAM, and a 64-bit processor.
Two Point Perspective - Keep vertical lines parallel while panning the view. Perspective views set in SketchUp are rendered properly in IRender nXt - This makes your exterior view more realistic.
Visible Light Paths - View spot light beams as if shining in a hazy room. This feature creates a transparent lamp beam with a pattern to emulate light passing through a smoky or foggy room. You can define a visible light beam on the spot-light creation wizard.
Remote Rendering - External Rendering exports the model to a file, and then renders the file in a separate process. This allows you to make changes to the SketchUp model without having to wait for the rendering to complete.
Create PDF - This feature allows you to create an interactive 3D PDF Presentation using your model and your Rendered Image.
Laptop Seat - An additional license for your laptop is included at no additional charge.