All the features you need for great renderings:
By offering just the options you need, and just the settings you need ArielVision makes it easier to learn to Render then it was to learn SketchUp
ArielVision uses sun, sky, shadows, lights, transparency and reflections to create Photorealistic renderings from SketchUp models at an affordable price.
ArielVision uses a simple dialog to set properties on SketchUp materials such as reflections, and has a Wizard to create many common lights. Many good renderings can be created with a single button click and no changes to the model at all.
ArielVision is the perfect combination of high-quality rendering while still being extremely easy to use. ArielVision is a low cost, easy to use rendering package which makes very good results. It is easy to use because it contains only the features you need for good renderings.
How should I decide which Renderer to try and purchase?
If you want to have all the high-end features available even if you dont use them right away, then you should choose IRender nXt. If you want to create better hi-res images from your SketchUp model, but dont want to have to learn how to use advanced rendering features like Depth-of-Field, Special Reflection Settings, Special Transparency Settings, etc. then ArielVision is the right choice for you.
If you are using SketchUp and Rendering as part of your professional offering, and are using it to increase or support your business, then IRender nXt should fit within your budget. If cost is your primary concern, then ArielVision may be the right choice for you.
Fully Integrated into SketchUp
All renderings settings reflection, lights, etc. are stored in you SketchUp model and the rendering is created with a single click on the ArielVision Toolbar which starts the rendering. You can return to the model and re-render it without having to define materials and lights or make make other renderings settings everything is remembered and stored in the model.
How it works
ArielVision gets its rendering information from SketchUp materials. colors, transparency and textures are set normally in SketchUp and used for rendering. Reflection and Glow settings are assigned to materials by right clicking on any surface which already contains the material, and setting the properties. (You do not have to drill into groups and components. ArielVision will automatically find the proper material for you.
ArielVision can render the scene using as many rendering passes as desired. (Rendering passes use additional lighting samples from the sun, sky, and lights to make smoother shadows and more realistic effects. Initially, while you are learning, a limit of 40 passes is used. Later you can increase the number of passes as desired.
You can render at any resolution or render quality desired. Higher resolutions and higher render quality takes more time per pass and more time for the complete rendering. Initially, ArielVision is set to use a medium resolution so you can preview your model quickly and increase the resolution later if desired.
ArielVision defines material properties and rendering settings inside of SketchUp and saves them in you SketchUp model. One button click is all that is necessary to create and view the rendering.
There are additional settings for HDRi skies (360 degree, images which enhanced illunination and brightness information stored in the image), and for other background images.