Here are some plugins that are taking it over the edge. The journey was not an easy one, it its rise to competent modeling program has been aided by its compatibility with some of the most powerful plugins and pieces of rendering software the market offers. SketchUp is here to stay, and might be just what you need to get your feet wet in the 3D modeling, rendering, and visualization industry.
Master these plugins, and be on your way to producing images and animations the Rhino bullies on your block only dream of. And no matter where you stand in your skill level as a computer-savvy rendering artist, SketchUp has something to offer. The user-friendly nature of its parts and pieces lend themselves to be easily approached by beginners, and fun to master for professionals.
Here are the best plugins for Google Sketchup. Better yet? VRAY serves up a base set of tools and materials to you for free, with the option to put a bit of skin in the game for their full bevy of options and setting.
JointPushPull is a modeling plugin that features 6 specific tools for turning your model into a digital gumby. The tools are joint, round, vector, normal, extrude, and follow. Curviloft consists of 3 tools: This is next level. Tools like CurviLoft should really be packaged in with the base software.
But since Google is too busy trying to map the entire world universe? Podium offers a vast material library off the bat, and like VRAY, offers a free trial that gets you started without ponying up any cash. Do this. Every renderer has a specific taste and tolerance for their software, so taking the Porsche out for a test ride before forking over a second mortgage is probably your best course of action. Take it from me: Podium is great.
Purge All is a simple, yet essential plugin that pretty much does exactly what you think. It purges all. Purge often. Good talk.
All praise Frank Wiesner. It advertises an easy-to-use interface with a simplified toolset but plenty of rendering power under the hood. Brighter delivers, offering seamless SketchUp integration and a snappy preview tool that give you an accurate sample image in a matter of seconds. It uses unbiased rendering technology to produce lightning fast results. The future is brighter, indeed.
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