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Shaderlight gets animated with the launch of v2

7 September 2011

For the first time, Shaderlight Pro users can render animations directly from SketchUp, developing their 3d concepts into animated photorealistic presentations. They will also benefit from the unique new feature called ‘Replace Me’, which enables users to render detailed models without the associated slow down when using large amounts of geometry.  ArtVPS has linked with leading provider of software for landscape design professionals, DynaSCAPE, to offer a selection of detailed models for this exciting new feature.

The animation tool will appear as a new button on the Shaderlight toolbar and access a simple interface that enables users to render SketchUp scene transitions as a sequence of photorealistic images for animation. Shaderlight v2 supports the camera positions, object and layer visibility in SketchUp scenes. It will also render animations created using the SUanimate and Keyframe Animation plug-ins; both tools that create a separate scene for each frame of the animation.

Replace Me rendering allows users to substitute complex models, such as people and trees, within their scene for simple billboard models. Shaderlight cleverly renders the full 3D model without slowing SketchUp down. This smart proxy rendering feature is unique to Shaderlight and is being launched with a selection of proxy models supplied by DynaSCAPE.  An authoring tool that allows users to create and share their own models through Google’s 3D Warehouse is also included and accessed via SketchUp’s plugin menu.

Kate Marshall, Marketing Director at ArtVPS, said: “We are really excited about these new features in Shaderlight v2. We’re in close communication with many Shaderlight fans around the world and their feedback has helped to shape these developments. We‘ve retained the simple rendering process that helped to make the original product so successful whist adding fantastic new features that will continue to transform how people use Google SketchUp. This new version forms part of our ongoing development work and provides us with a firm platform on which to continue growing the product’s success across the globe”.

Both new features are only available in Pro version, which can be trialed free for 14 days.  Existing users can upgrade for $25 in September 2011, saving 75% on the full upgrade price.

Also for September, new customers will receive a 25% discount on Shaderlight Pro v2’s $299 list price. 

A $99 discounted educational version is also available for students and teachers using Google SketchUp in schools.  Network licensing for educational and corporate use are also available.