Thea for SketchUp 1.5.9

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#1

We have just published a new release of Thea for SketchUp. It introduces the plugin’s User Interface & User Manual Translations in 8 Languages. Additionally, we have added Global Medium in the Environment tab with a new Fog Preset that allows control of fog density, base and top level. There is also a new Cloud material Preset for volumetric effects defined by a solid group/component. We have also prepared a blog article with two example scenes explaining the new fog functionality. Find more details and download links here.

I have attached below my own quick rendering of a very simple model found in 3d warehouse. I have been playing with the feature and produced it with a very little effort. It is interesting how the geometry gradually appears in a rendering when the fog is dense. I even prefer stopping the rendering before it completely clears to keep the noise still present. It looks more natural this way.


#2

Is Thea integrated into SketchUp or do you have to export your 3D model out of the program to render it?

P.S. That first render is just wonderful! :thumbsup:


#3

Yes, it is “very integrated”. :slight_smile:
Check from 0:24. It would be hard to integrate it more, unless Trimble would buy TheaSDK.


#4

Nice. Quite impressed. I remember I tried Thea many many years ago, when I was choosing a renderer for myself but I settled on V-Ray in the end. I can’t remember what held me back from choosing Thea. I have trouble finding out whether the renderer is biased or unbiased, meaning - does it automatically stop rendering a scene like V-Ray or does it keep rendering infinitely until you stop it yourself?


#5

Thea is both Biased and Unbiased. It has three types of rendering:

  • Biased - Adaptive(BSD) - works with walk-through animatons and very large renderings
  • CPU based - Unbiased (TR1/TR2/AMC) able to solve very hard models - like a laser lab.
  • CPU/GPU based - Presto (AO/MC) engine currently supporting Nvidia cards - used most often by users, because of the speed

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