ArielVision Features

ArielVision Features
  • Light Wizard to create many standard lights and lamps.
    Ceiling Lights, Spot lights, etc.
  • Uses SketchUp Sun, Sky, and background colors.
  • Self glow - for special items such as monitors or lighted signs.
  • Laptop seat - second license for use on your laptop.
  • Unlimited resolution. (very large resolution requires more RAM in CPU)
  • Automatic use of multi-processor and multi-core CPUs.

ArielVision Features

Ease of Use Features

Fully integrated into SketchUp

IRender nXt Toolbar in SketchUp

This means that the IRender settings are stored in the SketchUp model, so you do not have to make changes if you reload the model, or for subsequent renderings of the same model.

Rendering settings and rendering functions are all available from a SketchUp toolbar.

Lighting Presets

The Presets lets you choose predefined settings for the most common lighting situations.

There are a lot of settings to create special lighting effects. The presets make it easier to get a good rendering without having to make all the setting manually.

Standard Presets

Indirect Lighting

Incorporate the effects of reflected light, such as the reflected cove lighting above this suspended ceiling.

Indirect Lighting refers to the IRender nXt feature of processing light reflected from mirrors and other surfaces.

This creates a realistic lighting effect which improves with each successive rendering pass. Indirect should be used with most interiors scenes to soften the lighting effects.

Auto Reflection

Auto Reflection wizard

Auto Reflection makes materials reflective by using a matching word pattern method in the material name. The reflection values for intensity, sharpness, index of refraction, and bump are preset, so reflection values for materials do not have to be individually set.

For example, you can specify that all material names that match the pattern "steel" will be 90% reflective and metallic.

Any assigned materials with names that match the list of patterns, and for which you have not already set specific reflection values, will render with the preset reflection values from Auto Reflection.

(If you do set reflection values for an assigned material, your settings will override the Auto Material settings.)

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Library Features

SketchUp Materials

SketchUp materials are automatically rendered with colors, textures and transparency.

SketchUp materials are automatically rendered as materials in IRender nXt.

You can set reflection and other rendering properties by right clicking on a face containing a materiel to set its rendering properties.

IRender Ready Content

IRender Ready content in 3D Warehouse

Our special collection in the Trimble SketchUp 3D Warehouse includes lights, mirrors and other components that are ready for use with IRender.

Lighting, Reflection and other render settings are already stored in the the components, making these components IRender Ready.

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Materials Features

Reflections and Mirrors

Add mirrors and glossy surfaces

Make any SketchUp material reflective with a simple right click edit.

You can start with a default Reflective Material and use a slider bar to change the amount of reflection.

You can also add other special features - such as Sharpness/(blurriness), glossiness or metallic reflection.

Material Wizard

Set reflection and other material settings

Applies reflection and transparency directly to SketchUp materials. Changes are made easily with a slider bar.

IRender nXt sets multiple settings for a single material - such a setting both transparency and index of refraction for glass materials.

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Lighting Features

Create Lamp or Light Fixture

Spotlight component - generated at proper size and angle.

Adding lamps and light fixtures will provide lighting for your Interior Scenes or Nighttime Scenes.

  • SketchUp lamps - many SketchUp lamps are automatically used as light sources.

Self Glow

Television with 10% self-glow

Self Glow illuminates a surface as if it had light shining on it, without actually making it a light. For objects which you want to appear bright, but which don't need to illuminate other objects, this is much faster than making lights out of them.

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Exterior Rendering Features

HDRi Skies

HDRi skies for background, illumination and/or reflection

HDRi Skies are special images to represent skies which contain extra information about intensities of the colors.

HDRi (high dynamic range imaging)is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRi is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.

IRender nXt offers support for HDRi Skies - used as visible skies, as sky reflections and for illumination from the Sky.

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Transparency Features


SketchUp transparency selected for entire model

IRender nXt automatically uses SketchUp transparency settings. It includes refraction, reflection and illumination through the transparent surface.

You can edit the transparency settings with a slider-bar, change the Index of Refraction.

Daylight Portals

Daylight effect through windows.

a special transparent face placed over an exterior opening or window which causes exterior light to be processed better.

The left half image on the left has a normal (non-Daylight Portal) opening. It took hundreds of passes to resolve properly. The right half has openings marked as Daylight Portals. The lighting looked this good after just a few passes.

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Post Processing Features

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Visual Features

High Resolution

Image courtesy Mike Halls

With IRender nXt you can render a high-quality, high-resolution image suitable for creating posters, etc.

Very high resolutions will require more RAM, and a 64-bit processor.

Two Point Perspective

Two Point Perspective in SketchUp

Keep vertical lines parallel while panning the view. Perspective views set in SketchUp are rendered properly in IRender nXt - This makes your exterior view more realistic.

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Advanced Tools Features

Create 3D PDF

Create 3D PDF

Create PDF is a feature to create an interactive 3D PDF Presentation using your model and your Rendered Image.

Both the 3D Model and the Rendered Image are displayed on the first page of the PDF file, with a set of buttons for the user to choose between the two.

How to use it

  1. Render your model, and use the Save Image icon on the toolbar to load the Save Image Wizard. Revit save image button.png
  2. Select Create PDF from the bottom of the Wizard.
  3. Enter the PDF settings on the next dialog.

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Other Features

Laptop Seat

Get a free Laptop Seat with ArielVision.

An additional license for your laptop is included with ArielVision at no additional charge.

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See also