Saturday, May 21, 2016

Create More Realistic Renderings with IES Profiles

IES Light Profiles are illumination standards developed by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the recognized authority on illumination. The profiles enhance IRender nXt renderings with light distribution that is more accurate. IRender nXt includes 30 IES Presets and many lighting manufacturers provide IES profiles for their fixtures.
Download the latest version of IRender nXt or 3D Design Studio to try the IES LIghts
Images of our IES Presets and a more comprehensive description is available: IES_Lights

Sunday, February 28, 2016

IRender nXt Videos

We have a new page with all of our videos organized into categories - e.g getting started, advanced techniques, etc.

Check it out to see if there are any you have missed. Videos

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rendering Tip - Use Layers to Reduce Rendering Times

In this rendering tip I want to help you reduce rendering times for your SketchUp models by using layers to group light fixtures. When any of the lights in your model do not illuminate the scene your rendering, turn the layers off and you'll be rewarded by a significant reduction in rendering time. 


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SketchUp Rendering Case Study, RSD / Total Controls

Tyrone Tucker from RSD / Total Controls recently shared his experience with ArielVision, a Render Plus rendering extension for SketchUp. Tyrone incorporates completed renderings into a browser enabled interface for his customers.


In Tyrone’s own words: I work for RSD / Total Controls. We provide parts and smarts for the HVAC and Refrigeration industry. In the Total Control division we build 508 UL listed industrial control panels and provide control systems for Building Automation. 
This includes controls for operating:
  • Air Conditioning Units
  • Fan Coils
  • VAV’s
  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Pumps
  • Built Up Systems, and others

The information is networked back to a head end device called a Supervisory Controller. The end user can access the system locally or remotely over the Internet with any web browser. The interface enables a view of the graphic images that I rendered. For example, below is a stacked view of a building in Los Angeles, CA. I created the model with SketchUp and renderings with ArielVision.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SketchUp 2016


SketchUp 2016 was released in November 2015.

Click HERE to see waat's new.

All Render Plus products have been tested with SketchUp 2016. If you have purchased or renewed

your license in the past 12 months, you can download the latest version and install it for use with SketchUp 2016.

Download new Version

If your license is current, (purchased withing the past 12 months), it will work with SketchUp 2016.

If your license is more than 12 months old you will need to renew your license to download the latest version. See: Renewals

Monday, November 9, 2015

Rendering the Month - October 2015

Kestrel House by Mike Atkinson

Mike was kind enough to share some of his thoughts with us:
Kestrel House was designed by a local Architect who had seen my work and needed visuals preparing for his client and the planning officers at the local council. I worked off CAD drawings in Sketchup and prepared an accurate 3D model. This is a crucial stage in preparing photoreal visuals. Architectural detail must be accurate. (My background as an Architectural Technician helps as I can read and interpret construction drawings). The planning officer wanted to see the building in context to the site so we had to make it look as realistic as possible. I went to site and took some shots of the views that I wanted to re-create.
The architect had specified materials and supplied me with photos of particular colour and texture choices. I have built up a vast library of textures and bookmarked several key sites that offer realistic images that render well. At the SU stage we tried several material and colour changes until we had a natural looking palette to compliment the rural setting.
The pond is actually there on site and I took a photograph across the water from a low vantage point.
We liked this rendering because the perspective incorporates an actual site that allows the client to see their proposed building and the proximity to the pond.
The reflection of the building in the pond is a very nice attention to detail and the natural lighting on the model matches the sky and site photograph very well.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Christmas Contest 2013

We ran a contst in 2013 for people to create a SketchUp model and render it with IRender nXt or nXtRender for AutoCAD

This was the winner by Daniel Hargreaves