Rayscaper - A new render extension for SketchUp

Hey folks :wave:

My name is Thomas. I’m the developer for a render extension named Rayscaper.

I have been working on Rayscaper for the last couple of months, but it’s now becoming pretty usable, and I am looking for SketchUp users who are interested in testing Rayscaper and providing feedback. Disclaimer: Rayscaper is still alpha software (see here what that means), so it might not be for everyone yet. Currently, it’s for free, but I plan to sell Rayscaper in the near future.

Rayscaper is currently available for Windows (Mac coming soon), and you can install Rayscaper via the SketchUcation tools extension. If you don’t have the extension, you can get it here. We have detailed instructions on how to install Rayscaper in our documentation - Registering with SketchUcation and installing the SketchUcation tools extension is free.

We have a quick start guide here: Rayscaper Introduction - Rayscaper for SketchUp - The rest of the manual is still a work in progress.

Let me know how it goes or if you run into any bugs or issues :beetle:.

Here’s a screenshot of Rayscaper in action (courtesy of Rich 'O Brien from SketchUcation):



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Ehm … thought i could give it a try, but after installation i get a Load Error message

  1. downloaded the extension from Sketchucation
  2. installed extension using Extension Manager
  3. didnt see any changes, popups, new extensions listed
  4. restarted SU and got the following message at startup:


  1. found no new extensions listed, no new toolbars listed, no new icons in sight

So unfortunately could not continue testing (yet).
Any suggestions how to fix this?

First thing I would try is make sure you have the most up to date version of the Sketchucation Tool.


Hey there,

Kudos for trying Rayscaper!

Rayscaper requires the installation of SketchUcation tools for the licensing system. You can download the SketchUcation tools here. We have installation instructions for the SketchUcation extension here.

I think we should update Rayscaper to detect this because if the first user trying this runs into this issue, it will probably happen frequently :confused:


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Cheers! That seems to work :wink:


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Various surveys have found that between 56% and 75% of people do not read instructions or manuals.

It is rather silly that you must coddle users especially when you gave them the requirements in the first post …

Yes i am a man, i do not need/read instructions … unless i need to assemble furniture from ikea :wink:

PS back to the QuickStart video …

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Reminds me of…

Off Topic

Many years back while living in Germany my girlfriend and I were heading from Dresden to Lubeck to catch a ferry to Finland for work. We climbed in my Audi, which had a Nav system well before we had them on phones, and off we went. Me being a man decided the Nav was too much bother to start with as we only needed to head for Berlin and then continue north from there, once closer we might bother to put in the ferry terminal. Girlfriend looked at me askance but said nothing.
Suffice to say, an hour or 2 later we found ourselves in the queue to cross the Polish border, for those of you without a degree in geography that means we had driven several hours East instead of North. A quick about face and Sat/Nav programed allowed us to get the ferry with seconds to spare. (The is a rather harrowing story about trains and level crossings in the port that I could put in here but that’s another story on its own, the bell clanging still makes me break out in a cold sweat and I see the front of the locomotive looming in my peripheral vision.)
You would think that the end of the story, man proves to woman that he should have asked directions, woman lords it over him for time immemorial. But there is a twist in the tale.
Some months later my girlfriend find herself bogged in a field because she slavishly followed the Nav down roads and goat tracks that couldn’t possibly be correct. She was minutes from home but thought it was a shortcut she didn’t know about. It was in fact a failed gps unit.
To this day, neither of us wins the RTFM argument.


To be fair, I only added that after @AnnoNiem reported the issue. Also, if we can remove user friction right within the product, I’m all for it.


… Oh okay. I did not notice the edit. We’ll give 'em a break this time. :wink:


You may want to remove the bit about downloading the .rbz and just go with installing it via the Extension Store.
And point out that registering with SketchUcation and installing the Extension Store is totally free.

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I’m just posting ‘issues’ i encounter randomly …

Somehow managed to cash the program.
I tried to (randomly) change a setting for the (dragged and dropped) enviroment.
This happend when changing this setting shown below to “Checkers, Mix, Perlin noise and UV”.
No problems found with the “Color and Image” options.

That’s a good suggestion, I updated the original post, and wrote down detailed instructions here: Installation Guide - Rayscaper for SketchUp

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Yup, that’s definitely a bug, thanks for reporting and keep them coming!

I should remove these options. Currently we only support a fixed color or an image texture for the environments. Procedural textures are not supported.

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< rant<

Now I get how you come to get working with stained glass.

I understand that too needs some serious nerve. You cut a fragile material, some of which is TERRIBLY expensive, depending on colour. My father designed and “painted” some large stained glass windows.

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We just released version 0.8.4 with more bug fixes. You can find the release post on the SketchUcation forum.

Will you let us know when the Mac version is available?

Sure thing will make an announcement post once it’s available.

I’d be interested in the Mac version as well, once it’s ready.

Now that Twilight render is no longer supported, I need to find a low-maintenance alternative.

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