Welcome to the Studio family, V-Ray 5 and Scan Essentials!

The Studio subscription is evolving! Over the past year, we’ve been working hard to incorporate features that make this subscription even more robust than ever before. With that, we’re excited to announce that V-Ray 5 and Scan Essentials are now included in a SketchUp Studio subscription — at a great price of $699* for one term.

Scan Essentials


Last year we announced the integration of Trimble’s Scan Essentials with SketchUp — and with such a positive response, we decided to make it official. Bringing point clouds into SketchUp has never been easier.

Never heard of Scan Essentials? Buckle up, you’re in for a ride! Scan Essentials is an extension that works great early on in your workflow as it lets you import, view, and model directly on point cloud data in SketchUp, allowing you to capture existing contextual details such as topography. There’s also a direct integration with LayOut! Don’t need to model on all of your point cloud data? No worries. Export point cloud data straight into LayOut to create professional 2D documentation quickly and easily. With Scan Essentials, the need to start a project from scratch is eliminated. Supporting the import of a wide range of file formats (E57, RWP, LAZ, TZF, LAS, PLY), Scan Essentials truly unlocks point cloud data for everyone.

The rich point cloud data brings bountiful benefits to your workflow including increasing modeling accuracy and efficiency. With Scan Essentials, you can better integrate project stages, from site surveys to design, construction, and then post-construction, enabling greater success on complex projects. Learn more about it here.

V-Ray 5

We know how valuable visualization is to your workflow. So much so, that we decided to partner with Chaos to bring V-Ray into the Studio subscription!

With V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, you can now take your design from 3D model to photorealistic render in a matter of minutes. V-Ray enables you to tweak lighting, add shadows, touch-up reflective coatings, select global illumination settings — and so much more. Even better, you also have access to real-time rendering capabilities with V-Ray Vision so you can tweak conditions on the fly.

Whether you’re prepping for design reviews with your team or client, or presenting your design for final approvals, V-Ray will help get your project across the finish line. Learn more about V-Ray 5 here.

The inclusion of these two valuable products in the Studio subscription created a great opportunity to better serve a wide range of AEC professionals. With that, Sefaira will no longer form a part of the Studio offering but will now be offered as a stand-alone purchase for professionals who require it as a vital part of their workflow. Contact sales to purchase.

You can subscribe to the all-new, feature-packed Studio for the limited price of $699* for one term (offer ends July 30, 2021). Now, that’s something to be excited about. Interested in seeing the new Studio workflow in action? Sign up for our webinar.

To learn more about Studio, check out our product page.

Please note that SketchUp Studio is a Windows-only offering and includes only a Windows installer for V-Ray and Scan Essentials.

Terms & Conditions

*SketchUp Studio pricing offer is valid through July 30, 2021 11:59 PM MST. Discount only applies to one term of a SketchUp Studio subscription. If you are a current SketchUp Studio subscriber, you can renew at this price for one term only. Not valid on subsequent terms. Offer not valid in Mainland China, Israel, and South Africa. Does not apply to previously placed orders. May not be combined with other offers. Other restrictions may apply.


Olivia, congratulations on this release!

(to be honest, I thought that maybe some “basic” version of Trimble RealWorks could be included in Studio. But V-Ray - definitely not bad!)


This is definetely an interesting move.

But what about Sefaira? It used to be included in Studio, but I don’t see it anymore.

Hi thanks for your feedback. What is it about this new Studio you find interesting? Sefaira has been removed from the Studio subscription offering but you can still buy it as a standalone product. Check out the Sefaira on Sketchup page for more info :slight_smile:

I find it interesting that you are trying to make Sketchup Studio a more compelling product for your users. It’s more bang for the buck and I think it justifies that Studio subscription tier for the majority of users: in AEC, at least, Sketchup is mainly seen as a sidekick for 3D modeling and mostly for presentation purposes.

It also looks like you have been betting on more things that interest me like parametrics with mattermachine and pen and touch input with tablets. These are not AEC exclusive and might be useful for a lot of users in a lot of industries and might give Sketchup Studio a wider scope, inline with what will happen with Vray.

Sketchup is pushing it’s higher subscription plan to more people.

So, I find it interesting that you stroke this deal with one of the major players in Sketchup world. People, sometimes only use Sketchup as a bridge for rendering and Vray is the heaviest player in that scope. Many of your clients are also vray clients and I think this is good news for them, and therefore, for you.

Of course, for other smaller players in the render market, this is not welcome, I guess. For me that’s a concern as I’ve seen render engines that were serious alternatives to vray, coming and going from the Sketchup world. This will facilitate their going but won’t facilitate their coming. That is unfortunate and I think it could eventually lead to a poorer Sketchup world for all of us.

Moving away from that feeling I also find it interesting that it seemed to me that Trimble was clearly aiming at better Sketchup integration with AEC industry over the years with Trimble Connect, Sefaira, Scan Essentials and some of your other developments.

Now, I’m unsure where the growth is pointing because of the Sefaira move.

I know most people were stating that it was a useless piece of software that didn’t justify the cost of Studio as only a few would use it.

If clients are unhappy, you have to make them happy.

I think Sefaira had great value, but even if I’m in AEC it seems I might be a niche use.

I think having access to Sefaira on our subscription was a good thing. I loved that Sketchup offering included something conscious and forward looking and in line with one of the World’s major needs.

For us Architects energy efficiency is a top concern. However, for clients, the concern is only there until they are faced with costs. Cost issues start with fees and integrating energy efficiency processes into design it’s not fit for most client’s culture as most want environmentally conscious solutions but don’t want to support the costs of developing them. As this kind of software and studies are either expensive or complex we become kind of limited.

With it I could help clients understand the usefulness of investing some time and money on this kind of studies. I was closer to getting there, I could feel it. I had Sefaira as one of my studying subject priorities for this year.

My opinion about Sefaira is that it was introduced in Sketchup ahead of it’s time.

Sketchup is widely used by architects but it’s not central to most of them. I believe architects that use Sketchup as the main architectural software are a few. As said before, it’s mostly for presentations.

For Sefaira in Sketchup to be reaching it’s full potential, Sketchup would have to assume itself as the central software for developing projects and Sefaira integration should be even more streamlined in the architectural workflow with Sketchup.

For this better workflow to occur in Sketchup we would need better BIM tools like IFCx4 seamless integration, better Layout, better section management, data tagging and report generation from a 3D model, etc… As this is not fully developed Sketchup doesn’t make the full statement it could make in the process and Sefaira can’t take advantage of Sketchup as Sketchup isn’t used at the stage Sefaira becomes useful.

Betting in Vray, is betting on what Sketchup is already strong with. Betting on what still lacks so it becomes excellent is what Sketchup should do to become a serious contender.

I’d really like you to reconsider integrating Sefaira again and I’d really want you to consider what should be done to Sketchup for it to become a much more valid and central tool for Architecture.

If I compare Sefaira with Vray, I’d say that Sefaira could allow us architects to do a better service to the world and that’s much more that can be said about rendering sofware.

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