ArtVPS today unveiled Shaderlight v2 with a host of unique and innovative new features for architects and designers. For the first time, Shaderlight Pro users can render animations directly from SketchUp, developing their 3d concepts into animated photorealistic presentations. They will also benefit from the unique new feature called Replace Me, which enables users to render detailed models without the associated slow down when using large amounts of geometry.
The animation tool will appear as a new button on the Shaderlight toolbar and access a simple interface that enables users to render SketchUp scene transitions as a sequence of photorealistic images for animation. Shaderlight v2 supports the camera positions, object and layer visibility in SketchUp scenes. It will also render animations created using the SUanimate and Keyframe Animation plug-ins; both tools that create a separate scene for each frame of the animation.
Replace Me rendering allows users to substitute complex models, such as people and trees, within their scene for simple billboard models. Shaderlight cleverly renders the full 3D model without slowing SketchUp down. This smart proxy rendering feature is unique to Shaderlight and is being launched with a selection of proxy models supplied by DynaSCAPE. An authoring tool that allows users to create and share their own models through Google's 3D Warehouse is also included and accessed via SketchUp's plugin menu.
"We are really excited about these new features in Shaderlight v2. We're in close communication with many Shaderlight fans around the world and their feedback has helped to shape these developments," said Kate Marshall, Marketing Director at ArtVPS. "We've retained the simple rendering process that helped to make the original product so successful whist adding fantastic new features that will continue to transform how people use Google SketchUp. This new version forms part of our ongoing development work and provides us with a firm platform on which to continue growing the product's success across the globe."