Altair Thea for SketchUp
Academic Lab License (30‑seat)

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Thea inside SketchUp
Thea 2.1 for SketchUp is a combination of powerful rendering engines of Thea with the simplicity of SketchUp. Biased, Unbiased and Interactive Render modes with the joy of rendering inside SketchUp view. Enrich your models with highly detailed content, with no limitations.

Features

Back Face Material Support
Different materials can be applied to the front and back face of a surface allowing the creation of unique effects like fabric, leaves and more.
Interactive Render Overlay
Thea 2.1 for SketchUp allows you to run interactive rendering either inside Thea window or directly inside the SketchUp view, a feature that we call interactive render overlay. Additionally, with the use of interactive region rendering, you can select and render a region of the SketchUp view, providing ultra-fast feedback for complex scenery. It is a valuable tool in the workflow as it gives you an immediate visualization of modifications to the geometry, environment, depth of field, reflections, light distribution, material properties and external Thea models.
Advanced Material Editor
The advanced Thea material editor has been fully integrated in SketchUp, bringing all the advanced and unique features of Thea materials. The user interface has been redesigned from scratch following SketchUp's simplicity and ease of use.
Adjust Exposure
The Adjust Exposure button takes away the manual process of finding the correct exposure of the rendered image with one click. On top of that, three new exposure presets have been added for different scene types (interior, interior with sunlight, exterior).
Proxy Creation from FBX
In Thea for SketchUp it is possible to import FBX files and convert them to Proxy Models. While importing an FBX file the user is able to adjust the proxy materials.
Online Repository
The Online Repository can now be accessed directly from the Thea content browser. To download an online material, double-click the thumbnail. After the download is complete, the material can be applied with the Bucket tool. Since downloaded materials are saved locally, there is no need to re-download them.
Stereoscopic Rendering
Stereoscopic image output exports two 360-degree images for both eyes, letting you see the model in 3D using simple red-cyan glasses or VR headset.
Fog & Cloud Presets
With Thea 2.1 for SketchUp you can adjust the Global Medium of your scene, via the settings at the Environment tab. The Fog preset allows you to control the fog density, the bottom and top positions, and create unique photorealistic renderings.
Additionally, there is also a Cloud material preset for adding volumetric effects on defined solid groups or components.
Custom Scene Update
The Custom Scene Update buttons allow the user to control the update of materials, geometry, lights, and proxies every time the scene starts rendering. This makes it possible to turn off geometry updates when you only want to edit materials or lighting.
Section Cuts
Section cuts are now supported in SketchUp 2014 (and newer versions). Section cuts allow you to cut through buildings and rooms maintaining the same interior lighting as if the external walls were still in place.
Light Editing Tool
Thea 2.1 for SketchUp has its own point lights. The Light editing tool not only allows precise light positioning, but it can also give live feedback while rendering interactively in the main window.
Advanced Shadow Catcher
Integrate your models into a scene with a background image, introducing realistic shadows produced by IBL, Sun and Thea Point Lights. It can also produce real reflections on the ground-plane.
Photoshop PSD/PSB support
Thea for SketchUp supports Photoshop PSB/PSD files (8, 16 and 24bit). This makes it possible to save multi-layer images in large formats.
Resume Rendering
Any rendered image can be saved as an .img.thea file. This file can be reloaded inside Thea Rendering Window at any time allowing the user to resume a rendering.

More Features

  • Spectral Renderer
  • Batch Render Tool
  • Point Lights (Omni, Spot, IES)
  • Access many ready-to-use high quality materials.

Quick Tip

The Control Bar
Custom Presets for the Adaptive BSD Engine
Rendering in Full Resolution
Thea Cursor
Thea Toolbar & License Activation
Light Tool

Latest Thea for SketchUp Webinar from Novedge

Educational License Features

Thea for SketchUp Academic Lab License (30-seat) is a combination of powerful rendering engines of Thea with the simplicity of SketchUp. Biased, Unbiased and Interactive Render modes with the joy of rendering inside SketchUp view. Enrich your models with highly detailed content, with no limitations.

Features

Back Face Material Support
Different materials can be applied to the front and back face of a surface allowing the creation of unique effects like fabric, leaves and more.
Interactive Render Overlay
Thea for SketchUp allows you to run interactive rendering either inside Thea window or directly inside the SketchUp view, a feature that we call interactive render overlay. Additionally, with the use of interactive region rendering, you can select and render a region of the SketchUp view, providing ultra-fast feedback for complex scenery. It is a valuable tool in the workflow as it gives you an immediate visualization of modifications to the geometry, environment, depth of field, reflections, light distribution, material properties and external Thea models.
Advanced Material Editor
The advanced Thea material editor has been fully integrated in SketchUp, bringing all the advanced and unique features of Thea materials. The user interface has been redesigned from scratch following SketchUp's simplicity and ease of use.
Adjust Exposure
The Adjust Exposure button takes away the manual process of finding the correct exposure of the rendered image with one click. On top of that, three new exposure presets have been added for different scene types (interior, interior with sunlight, exterior).
Proxy Creation from FBX
In Thea for SketchUp it is possible to import FBX files and convert them to Proxy Models. While importing an FBX file the user is able to adjust the proxy materials.
Online Repository
The Online Repository can now be accessed directly from the Thea content browser. To download an online material, double-click the thumbnail. After the download is complete, the material can be applied with the Bucket tool. Since downloaded materials are saved locally, there is no need to re-download them.
Stereoscopic Rendering
Stereoscopic image output exports two 360-degree images for both eyes, letting you see the model in 3D using simple red-cyan glasses or VR headset.
Fog & Cloud Presets
With Thea for SketchUp you can adjust the Global Medium of your scene, via the settings at the Environment tab. The Fog preset allows you to control the fog density, the bottom and top positions, and create unique photorealistic renderings.
Additionally, there is also a Cloud material preset for adding volumetric effects on defined solid groups or components.
Custom Scene Update
The Custom Scene Update buttons allow the user to control the update of materials, geometry, lights, and proxies every time the scene starts rendering. This makes it possible to turn off geometry updates when you only want to edit materials or lighting.
Section Cuts
Section cuts are now supported in SketchUp 2014 (and newer versions). Section cuts allow you to cut through buildings and rooms maintaining the same interior lighting as if the external walls were still in place.
Light Editing Tool
Thea for SketchUp has its own point lights. The Light editing tool not only allows precise light positioning, but it can also give live feedback while rendering interactively in the main window.
Advanced Shadow Catcher
Integrate your models into a scene with a background image, introducing realistic shadows produced by IBL, Sun and Thea Point Lights. It can also produce real reflections on the ground-plane.
Photoshop PSD/PSB support
Thea for SketchUp supports Photoshop PSB/PSD files (8, 16 and 24bit). This makes it possible to save multi-layer images in large formats.
Resume Rendering
Any rendered image can be saved as an .img.thea file. This file can be reloaded inside Thea Rendering Window at any time allowing the user to resume a rendering.

More Features

  • Spectral Renderer
  • Batch Render Tool
  • Point Lights (Omni, Spot, IES)
  • Access many ready-to-use high quality materials.

Quick Tip

The Control Bar
Custom Presets for the Adaptive BSD Engine
Rendering in Full Resolution
Thea Cursor
Thea Toolbar & License Activation
Light Tool

Latest Thea for SketchUp Webinar from Novedge


Proof of Academic Status

Installation Requirements

In order to work properly, your copy of Thea for SketchUp — Academic Lab License (30-seat) requires SketchUp 2019.

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