SketchUp Studio: Advance your workflow

April 7, 2021 SketchUp Team

We've been busy evolving the Studio offering to make it [even] more robust for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) professionals. We are excited to announce two features that will have your workflow more enriched and streamlined than ever before. Welcome to the Studio family, V-Ray and Scan Essentials! 

Import point cloud data with Scan Essentials (Windows-only)

Similar to PreDesign and Add Location, Scan Essentials is, well, essential from the very start of your workflow. By giving you the tools to import, view, and model directly on point cloud data in SketchUp, it serves as a blueprint for a solid 3D foundation. Whether you’re retrofitting or delivering a new build, you don’t need to start from scratch. Some features to help support your workflow include importing point clouds from drones, terrestrial scans, photogrammetry, lidar sensors, and mobile mapping; modeling directly on point clouds; comparison functionality to ensure your model is aligned with your point cloud; alternate views; as well as the ability to zoom on specific sections, and alter colors and transparency. Your context is ready for 3D primetime! Once you're done with your 3D model, it’s time to go to 2D with a direct LayOut integration. Save modeling time by exporting contextual scan data directly into LayOut for professional documentation.

Ultimately, the point cloud visual is the richest data of all, but the benefits it brings to your entire workflow are invaluable; for example, increasing modeling accuracy and efficiency. With Scan Essentials, you can better integrate project stages, from site surveys to design, construction, and then post-construction, supporting greater success on complex projects.

Learn all about Scan Essentials here.

Real-time & photorealistic rendering with V-Ray 5 

Visualization is without question a huge part of the AEC professionals’ workflow — whether that be during design reviews with your team or client, or when you are presenting your design for final approvals. With V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, you can now take your design from idea to photorealistic render by tweaking lighting, adding shadows, touching up reflective coatings, selecting global illumination settings — and so much more. Get started by exploring Chaos Cosmos, V-Ray’s robust, smart 3D content library. Download render-ready content, such as vegetation and people, directly into your SketchUp design — saving you time and modeling energy.

Even better, you can also take advantage of real-time rendering capabilities with V-Ray Vision. Compared to slower, traditional rendering processes, V-Ray Vision lets you quickly make edits on the fly — while modeling in SketchUp.  With instant rendering at your fingertips, you can quickly present ideas to clients and drastically shorten project timelines — either in the office or completely remote. Flexibility at its finest. Once you’re done modeling, export screenshots, animations, and panoramic images for virtual reality viewing. Talk about elevating your design visualization process!

Learn more about how V-Ray can fit into your workflow. Heads up: SketchUp Studio is a Windows-only offering and includes V-Ray 5 as part of your subscription.

All of this greatness comes wrapped [with a bow] in a Studio subscription — at a killer price of $699 for one term! That’s right, you get V-Ray, Scan Essentials, plus everything from SketchUp Pro for just $699! As our premier subscription offering, SketchUp Studio offers the tools you need to design better projects. Studio harnesses the power of SketchUp Pro with the addition of new features to enhance your professional workflows. 

Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself...

As we continue to grow our Studio subscription offering, we’ve also decided to remove Sefaira from this subscription. But fear not! You can still purchase Sefaira separately and it will continue to work seamlessly with SketchUp Pro. Contact sales to purchase.

Let us know what you think about the new Studio subscription in our forums.

Please note that SketchUp Studio is a Windows-only offering, but is available for Bootcamp on MacOS.

SketchUp Studio for Higher Education subscriptions will continue to include Sefaira, but will not include V-Ray or Scan Essentials. For more information, contact your local reseller, or check out our website.

 

 
 

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SketchUp Team

We’re the folks who work on SketchUp, so we spend most of our time thinking about how to make drawing in 3D better. We also enjoy nerf gun wars, disc golf, board games, coffee, beer, donuts, and looking at mountains. A few of us eat quinoa.

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