Rendering for SketchUp

From http://aecnews.com/news/2008/06/18/3561.aspx but too interesting to just reference. However, I had to make some corrections, such as indicating the free but not Open Source applications.

Commerical Products

Podium, www.suplugins.com, $178, Direct SketchUp Integration.

IDX Renditioner, www.idx-design.com, $199, Direct SketchUp Integration, formerly TurboSketch.

Vue 6 xStream, www.e-onsoftware.com, $695 and up, imports .skp files.

Vue 6 infinite, www.e-onsoftware.com, $895 and up, imports .skp files.

Piranesi, www.piranesi.co.uk, $750, non-photorealistic, requires plug-in for SketchUp.

Artlantis, www.artlantis.com, $795, requires SketchUp exporter plug-in.

Vray for SketchUp, http://asgvis.com, $799, Direct SketchUp integration.

Maxwell Render, www.maxwellrender.com, $995, requires SketchUp exporter plug-in.

FryRender, www.fryrender.com, $1240, requires plug-in.


Free Products


Indigo, www.indigorenderer.com, unbiased renderer, requires SketchUp exporter plug-in. Free, but not Open Source.

Kerkythea, www.kerkythea.net, biased renderer, requires SketchUp exporter plug-in. Free, not Open Source.

POV-Ray, www.povray.com, Requires SketchUp plug-in found at www.crai.archi.fr/Ruby/LibraryDepot/Ruby/su2pov.html.
Free and Open Source.


Other Products of Interest


LuxRender, http://luxrender.net, open source, high quality unbiased render engine, no direct SketchUp integration, but can be integrated with the open source product Blender.

Sunflow, http://sunflow.sourceforge.net, open source, high quality biased render engine, no direct SketchUp integration, but can be integrated with Blender.

iClone, www.reallusion.com/3dx.asp, $199, non-photo-realistic animation using SketchUp models.

--RSN