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V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp Open Beta

Posted by Torgeir Holm on 15.5.2013 | Category: V-Ray news

The much anticipated update to V-Ray for SketchUp is under way and an official public open beta program is about to start.

This massive upgrade to V-Ray for SketchUp includes a series of new feature introductions that enhance visualization workflow and render quality (V-Ray RT®, V-Ray Dome Light), and streamline scene complexity (V-Ray Proxy).

V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp Key Features

Rendering Engine Upgrades:

  • V-Ray RT – This CPU-supported rendering engine streamlines scene setup and provides instant visual feedback directly in SketchUp for quicker design, material, and lighting decisions.

  • Lights:
  • Dome Light – Creates simple, artifact-free image-based lighting through importance sampling of HDR images and optimization tools for light tracing and GI precision.

  • Lights as Components – V-Ray lights can now be part of a SketchUp component, making the process of changing the design and settings of multiple lights at once much easier.

  • Sphere Light – Creates spherically shaped area lights.

  • Geometry:
  • V-Ray Proxy – Manages scene memory and efficiently renders large amounts of geometry to increase detail and complexity in scenes. V-Ray Proxy objects are dynamically loaded and unloaded at render time, which saves vital RAM resources.


  • The open beta program will be open to everyone who wants to take part in it and users will not need a dongle to participate. More details here: www.chaosgroup.com/en/2/vrayforsketchup_beta.html
    The Beta program will run for approximately 3 months. The official release is expected beginning of August.

    Dome Light


    V-Ray Proxy


    V-Ray RT


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