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Moofe throws extra light on new version of Shaderlight for Google SketchUp

3 May 2011

The latest version of the render plug-in to Google SketchUp, Shaderlight, will include new lighting environments from leading supplier of high dynamic range images (HDRI), Moofe. 

The partnership will, for the first time, make advanced lighting images available to every SketchUp user looking to take their visualisations to the next level.

Moofe is well established as a leading provider of HDRIs and background images to the advertising industry. It brings six new photo-realistic lighting environments to Shaderlight, enabling users of the rendering software to position concepts in realistic environments. 

Shaderlight offers Google SketchUp users an incredibly simple way to use image-based lighting as part of its feature set. The six new lighting environments will be added to the existing selection of presets available in the Pro version of the software with one also added to the free, basic version of Shaderlight. In addition a selection of background images to match the lighting environments will be available to users of the Pro software.  

The Moofe images will be incorporated into the next release of Shaderlight, due to be announced in detail at 2011 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition next week

Eoin O’Connor, CEO at said: “It is great to work with the team behind Shaderlight to make Moofe imagery available to a wider audience. We have been really impressed with Shaderlight and the high quality renders that can be achieved from Google SketchUp, so look forward to a long and successful working relationship with the Shaderlight team”.   

Kate Marshall, Marketing Director at Shaderlight, said: “Shaderlight has won fans all over the globe for its ability to render a high level of photorealism. The addition of these fantastic images supplied by Moofe will really enhance the quality of lighting that can be achieved using Shaderlight. We’re really pleased to be working with Moofe and look forward to seeing some of the great images rendered using Moofe environments”. 

The basic version of Shaderlight can be trialled for free, with no registration required. For the Pro version, a trial is available for 14 days, with a cost of $199 thereafter. 

Full details of version 1.3 will be announced next week - to try the existing software for yourself, please go to:


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