Trimble SketchUp Pro 2020 [Annual] and V-Ray Next for SketchUp [Annual]. 3D modelling, drawing and rendering power bundle for Architects, Artists, Designers & Visualisers.
V-Ray Next for SketchUp features greatly improved workflow, making it easier and faster than ever to interact with your SketchUp scene, organise your assets, set up lighting, and render your best work. Smarter tech like 3D Scene Intelligence can now automatically analyse and optimise your renders for you, plus take advantage of many performance optimisations for both CPU and GPU rendering. What’s more, on average GPU rendering has been accelerated to be twice as fast as before.
V-Ray rendering technology is recognised by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In 2017 V-Ray received a Sci-Tech Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of photorealistic ray tracing in feature film. V-Ray has been used on over 150 films, such as blockbusters Beauty and the Beast, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnorok. The same core technology used to render these films is used to power V-Ray for SketchUp.
V-Ray Next for SketchUp, update 1 features an improved user experience for some of your favourite V-Ray tools, faster interactive rendering and powerful new functionality to make it much easier to manage your scenes.
Power: V-Ray gives you the power to render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.
Creative Control: Focus on design, with a full suite of creative tools for lighting, shading and rendering.
Easy to use: Easy to learn, easy to use. V-Ray is designed to get you up and running in no time.
Render fast, design faster. V-Ray lets you spend more time being creative and less time waiting.
Quality: V-Ray lets you create the highest quality renders possible.
The Industry Standard: 92 of the top 100 architecture firms in the world render with V-Ray every day.
Viewport rendering: With new Viewport rendering, you can easily select and render multiple regions at once, and quickly blend between your V-Ray render and SketchUp model using +/- hotkeys to control opacity.
Powerful GPU rendering: Faster, more powerful GPU rendering with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.
Hybrid GPU+CPU rendering: V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of all available hardware, including CPUs and GPUs.
Adaptive Lights: For scenes with lots of lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can help you cut render times by up to 700%.
Smart UI: The entire V-Ray for SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors.
File manager: Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.
V-Ray Color picker: New colour picker that’s simple and powerful. Select colour values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) colour space.
V-Ray Scene import: Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit
Sunlight studies: Create sunlight & shadow studies with SketchUp sun animation.
Fog: Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.
New texture maps; Fine-tune the look of your scene with new gradient, colour temperature and procedural noise texture maps.
2D displacement: Quickly add surface detail without extra modelling with optimised 2D displacement — perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.
Animated proxy objects: Easily add pre-animated 3D objects like walking people and trees blowing in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.
Proxy previews: Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the SketchUp viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), and the new low poly Proxy preview mode.
Better viewport materials: Get a more accurate preview of your V-Ray materials in the SketchUp viewport.
Better denoising: The V-Ray Denoiser is now easier to set up and you can refine settings even after you render.
V-Ray Next for SketchUp is immediately compatible with the new SketchUp 2020, as well as versions 2016-2019.
What’s new in SketchUp Pro?
The SketchUp Pro Annual Subscription includes SketchUp Pro for Desktop, LayOut, and Style Builder along with the premium online modeller (SketchUp for Web) and Trimble Connect for Business. The subscription also includes augmented reality features within SketchUp Viewer for iOS and Android and viewing apps for the following XR devices: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
New for 2020:
A BIG model organisation change: Outliner. In an effort to increase model performance, you no longer have to create Layers upon Layers. Manage and organise your model straight within Outliner. Use the friendly eyeball icon to toggle between the major sections of your model, such as main floor plans and furniture.
New grips on bounding boxes
When you grab a point that is obscured in an object (such as a back corner or centre point) and start to move it, your object will automatically go transparent when something in your model interferes with the object you are moving. This works with both the Rotate tool and Move tool. This will literally ‘transform’ your workflow. Don’t take our word for it: start positioning objects in hard to reach places to see what happens!
Better control of hidden objects
You’ll notice in your drop-down menu that we separated hiding objects from hiding geometry. How will this change your workflow? Well, this will give you the ability to better manage hidden geometry and hidden objects for an even easier modelling experience. For example, let’s say you want to edit hidden edges in a landscape or smoothed surface, but you still want to be able to hide objects that are nearby (like trees, bushes, or a building)…well you can do that now!
Updates to your SketchUp dictionary
We have a few updates to the naming conventions we use when talking about SketchUp. This won’t change your workflow…but we want to make sure you know we are saying a few things differently now.
Objects are now a collective term for: groups, components, and dynamic components. This just means we don’t have to say “groups (slash) components” anymore. Also, Layers are now referred to as “Tags”. Keep in mind that these two terms are merely naming conventions and won’t influence your workflow.
LayOut 2020: document control
It’s all about taking back control…document control that is! The focus for LayOut was on improving the interaction between SketchUp & LayOut to save you time and [brain] energy. This means way less back and forth in SketchUp updating scenes to ensure your drawing comes out perfectly. Now you have more editing ability, directly in LayOut
More power to adjust model views
LayOut now understands a lot more about your SketchUp model and what you’ve overridden. This means you can safely change a style or camera angle directly in LayOut without accidentally losing your changes.
How do you know what’s different in your LayOut viewport versus your model? When you make changes in LayOut, parts of the menu bar will go dark grey, alerting you that you’ve made an override. Keep in mind: just because you made some changes in LayOut, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with those. You can always resync your viewports back to your SketchUp model if needed.
Improved customisation of your drawings
Take those LayOut docs to the next level with different models and views. If you have one SketchUp model that exists across several viewports, you can now relink just one of those viewports to another SketchUp model. Previously, you had to delete that viewport, insert a new SKP model, and reset all your scale settings and viewport sizing. More efficient now?
And that’s not all! You also have the ability to toggle Tag visibility — straight in your LayOut doc! What does this mean for your workflow? You don’t have to create extra scenes just for your LayOut files, saving you a ton of time going back and forth between LayOut and SketchUp.