IRender nXt - New Version

New Version of IRender nXt


Next Version (still in development)


  • Fix Shadows settings for animation, when they are not saved with a scene, use last...or next settings saved.
  • Start a new mesh when Casts Shadows changes
  • Synchronize SketchUp Animation settings, especially transition time
  • do something to fix model origins that are way off in France, see emails from
  • Check for auto_daylight when assigning transparent materials with glow
  • Improve Groundcover interface, remember last saved ground cover,
  • Add Magnify factor for Farm display
  • Add Brightness filter for Background Image to Filter dialog
  • Is there a way to render quickly to just get lighting settings?
  • Add Crop Image (not in current version yet)
  • Fixed bug when rendering trees which had been scaled in the Tree Editor. (Al needs to check this)
  • Added feature to convert layer names into materials for DWG files. See: Create Materials from Layer Names
  • Fix Mosaic Tile ArMaterial - we don't get the "Blend" size and our materials are incorrect - we probably don't want to use UV coords here

In process

--- RICH --- move any of these up which are done already ---

New Version:

  • Read and process the Active Section Plane properly for SketchUp 2014 and later versions.
  • Added SketchUp Version to IRenderBatch stats:
Appl: IRender nXt
Version: OF29nxt
SketchUp Version: 14.1.1282
Resolution: 600 x 484
  • Added button to Batch Settings to open the batch folder in Windows.
  • Added a right click edit for plant components to save a .ArPlant file. See: Save .ArPlant
  • Added an overall brightness control to the Lighting Channels dialog, and allowed lighting channels to lighten or darken the rendered image, overriding the Automatic Luminance feature.

New version posted - OG06 - July 2, 2015

In this version we:

  • Made the automatic creation of the .rpcs file for RPCs an option, and put the routine that does that in a try/catch loop, in case it causes any problems for users.

New version posted - OG02 - July 2, 2015

In this version we:

  • Fixed a regression for RPC components, where the RPC DLLs were being omitted from the install

New version posted - OG01 - July 1, 2015

In this version we:

  • Added support for the new ArchVison plugin RPC components
  • Added ways to save ArPlants more easliy, as a right-click choice and as a button on the Edit Plant dialog.
  • Started having the SketchUp version appear in the rendering statistics.

New version posted - OF12 - June 12, 2015

In this version we:

  • Fixed a problem a 'soft edges' error reported on certain surfaces.

New version posted - OD22 - April 22, 2015

In this version we:

  • Fixed a problem with Materials which used Texture Displacement, suck as grass textures. (toolkit 0354 - distrubuted and toolkit 0353)
  • Fixed text position on the Section Plane option section
  • Move Image Size limit to the IRender2 tab

New version posted - OC20 - March 30, 2015

In this version we:

  • Fixed the Edit function on the Select Material dialog

New version posted - OC13 - March 13, 2015

In this version we:

  • Fixed Spot lights and Beam lights, whish were throwing errors
  • implemented 352 toolkit

New version posted - OC09 - March 9, 2015

In this version we:

  • Improved rendering time, implemented 0351 nXt toolkit
  • Fixed RPCs to display as monocolor images in SketchUp, per request from ArchVision.
  • Made Presets the first Option Dialog tab again

New version posted - OB19 - February 19, 2015

In this version we:

  • Fixed some problems with RPC objects and 3D PDF files
  • Removed a RPC licensing message that would interrupt batch rendering

New version posted - OB17 - February 17, 2015

In this version we:

  • Added new Plants Option tab for RpTReeMaker plants.
  • Internal: Fixed a problem occurring when both ArielVision and IRender nXt were loaded at the same tine. Now using NOSAVE_EXTERN_NO_RESET for certain globals

New version posted - OB03 - February 3, 2015

In this version we:

  • Added new Option tab, Render2, to display other advanced rendering settings.
  • Added a feature to set all or some TreeMaker plants to render as simple 2D Images. All plants may be set using a new button on the new Render2 tab. Individual plants can be set using the right click edit, Edit Plant.
  • Fixed a regression where transparent images, like 2D tree images, where not rendering correctly.
  • Fixed a problem where where very large batch files, over 2GB, could not be read

New version posted - OA28 - January 28, 2015

In this version we:

  • Fixed the Save ArPlant choice under Edit Plant.

New version posted - OA27 - January 27, 2015

In this version we:

  • Added the Option/Styles tab and the new Auto Reflection dialog

New version posted - NJ29 - October 29, 2014

In this version we:

  • 1. Added support for SketchUp 2015, 64 bit

New version posted - NJ15 - October 15, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a problem loading Material Styles in SketchUp 2014. Material Attributes were not getting read correctly. Needed "each_line".

New version posted - NI30 - September 30, 2014

In this version we:

  • Added VS2008 redist to the install for the Advanced material Editor
  • Fixed a regression in RPC placement.
  • Fixed the Change View function in the rendering window, which had stopped working.

New version posted - NI26 - September 26, 2014

In this version we:

  • Implemented the latest 0344 nXt toolit, which had a fix for the Hybrid engine (memory leak?) and a fix for reflective decals sent to the render farm
  • Fixed a regression in the Advanced Material Editor which was no longer working in the NI19 version.
  • Fixed Create Material which was not longer working due to a rps_trace statement for a that was not defined

New version posted - NI19 - September 19, 2014

In this version we:

  • Added the ability to find a Render.ini file, just for reading the License and Authcode, if there is one placed in the ProgramData folder. This will allow people to use that file location to authorize everyone who use a machine, such as in a computer lab.
  • Fixed the Trial period, which apparently was no longer expiring.

New version posted - NH06 - August 6, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a problem with still shot animations with a clipping plane was used.

New version posted - NH05 - August 5, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a problem placing RPC objects when the name of the RPC object contained a character which could not be used in a file name, such as a "/".
  • Added an option to the Layer Wizard to save "In Position" Planar HDRi images in their original resolution.

New version posted - NG16b - July 23, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a regression which kept the TreeMaker tool from working.

New version posted - NG16 - July 16, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a problem where the nXt Libraries were not automatically being located after installing them.
  • Fixed a few problems with the Select and Place material dialog, where the Add and Edit funcions were not working properly.
  • Added a new Add and Edit choice to the Library and SketchUp material lists on the Select and Place material dialog.
  • Improved the Install to notice better in SKP 2014 was installed on the machine and added a routine to remove the AppData ruby files if it was now being installed into ProgramData

New version posted - NF27 - June 27, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a problem editing some materials in SketchUp 2014. Ruby material.count functionality had changed.

New version posted - NF05 - June 5, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed the 3D PDF dialog, from the Save PDF dialog on the Render Window
  • Fixed the install to not allow installation of Plugin file into Program Files for SketchUp 2014
  • Added more text to the licensing debug message for GetPrivateProfileString results

New version posted - NE20 - May 20, 2014

In this version we:

  • Added a link to the license dialog to the support dialog, so that we could get some debug output to help determine why license numbers and authcodes are not being read from the disk correctly.

New version posted - NE05 - May 5, 2014

In this version we:

  • Started installing into Program Files again, so that there is just one install location and to avoid non-ascii file path problems.
  • We now save the plugin ruby files into ProgramData for SU 2104, if there is no Plugins folder found in the User AppData folder.
  • We now always reset the Registry location after a reinstall.

New version posted - ND07 - April 7, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a new bug where too many material files were being saved for a rendering with textured materials, slowing down the rendering.

New version posted - ND02 - April 2, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed ArchVison RPCs, which were were not working at all anymore after a new ArchVision Dashboard was updated.

New version posted - NC13 - March 13, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed the Sample File download links that had broken when the 2014 Warehouse was updated
  • Fixed the install to install both the old redist and the new redist for VS2005.

New version posted - NC05 - March 5, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed the install routine to work with SketchUp 2014
  • Change the version number to 6.0
  • Fixed a problem with material textures with non-ascii texture file names which appeared in SketchUp 2014
  • Fixed a problem editing materils in the rendering windows, when the materials had special characters in the material name

New version posted - NB06 - February 6, 2014

In this version we:

  • Added a new template for creating Ornamental Grasses in the Tree Editor
  • Improved the installer to make it easier to re-install into different versions of SketchUp.

New version posted - NA28 - January 28, 2014

In this version we:

  • Fixed a bug that was keeping the last version posted, NA27, from rendering on a 32 bit machine.

New version posted - NA27 - January 27, 2014

In this version we:

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