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Skalp 3.0 compatible with SketchUp 2018

November 16, 2017

The developer of Skalp 4 SketchUp comes with a new version of Skalp, version 3.0, which is now compatible with SketchUp Pro 2018.

Availabilty

Free upgrades
The update for Skalp 3.0 is a free update for users who bought Skalp version 2.x in 2017. Upgrading is very simple: download Skalp 3.0 here and install it on your machine. Submit your current license info and go!

Paid upgrades
If your version of Skalp has been bought before 2017, you can buy an upgrade through the software itself. Upgrading is very simple: download Skalp 3.0 here and install it on your machine. Submit your current license info and your upgrade options will automatically be presented!

New licenses
If you are new to Skalp, you can download Skalp 3.0 as a trial version. If you are excited about Skalp 3.0, you can obtain your license through one of our dedicated resellers.

Happy Modeling!

 

SU Podium 2.5 Plus compatible with SketchUp 2018

November 15, 2017

The developer of SU Podium comes with a new version of SU Podium V2.5 Plus, which is now compatible with SketchUp Pro 2018.

Availabilty

The update for SU Podium V2.5 Plus is a free update for all existing users of SU Podium V2.5 Plus. Updating is very simple: download SU Podium V2.5 Plus here and install it on your machine. Please be adviced to uninstall previous versions of SU Podium from your machine first!

If you are a user of SU Podium V2 or even new to SU Podium, you can download SU Podium V2.5 Plus as a trial version. If you are excited about SU Podium V2.5 Plus, you can obtain your (upgrade) license through one of our dedicated resellers.

Happy Rendering!

 

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp is here!

November 15, 2017

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp is officially available for download now. The update for this high-end render plugin for SketchUp Pro contains the following improvements:

  • SketchUp Pro 2018 support
  • Streamlined UI - The entire V-Ray for SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors.
  • Viewport Rendering (VPR) - Render live directly in the SketchUp viewport, select and render mutiple regions, and quickly blend between your V-Ray render and SketchUp model using the +/- hotkeys to control opacity.
  • Powerful GPU & Hybrid Rendering - Faster, more powerful GPU rendering capabilities and V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA taking full advantage of all available hardware (CPUs and GPUs).
  • VRscans - Now compatible with real-world scanned materials from VRscans with over 600 photorealistic, drag-and-drop materials to bring a new level of realism to any scene.

Availability

If you are new to V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp, you can download demo versions here. If you are already using V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp, you can go to your login page at Chaos Group's website to get your latest full version of V-Ray for SketchUp.

Happy Rendering!

 

SketchUp Pro 2018: work that makes you proud

November 15, 2017

SketchUp Pro 2018 is here! With this release, SketchUp Pro offers you several improved tools to make SketchUp Pro even easier and better than it already was.

SketchUp Pro - New Features

  • Smarter Sections
    • Filled Section Cuts;
    • Section planes have names and symbols, making them easy to find, organize, and edit;
    • Section planes are now an entity in SketchUp Pro: search for them in the Outliner, group them and control visibility at the Layers panel.

  • Exchange Information
    • Components now feature attribute fields like price, size, URL, owner and status;
    • Aggregated Reports: 'Generate Report' now aggregates component data so you can do things like configure reports to sum parts and quantities for schedules and cutlists, or create detailed estimates by adding up prices by layer;
    • BIM: improved IFC export to collaborate even beter with other 3D applications.

  • And much more
    • Draw rectangles from its centre, just like polygons and circles;
    • STL import and export for 3D printing;
    • Anti-aliasing on Mac;
    • Improved upgrade: settings and preferences will be taken over from an older version.

LayOut - New Features

  • Scaled vector drawings: no more recalculating, select the scale and draw 1:1 on A4 format for example;
  • Direct DWG import;
  • Editing groups works the same as in SketchUp, so the visibility of the rest fades away temporarily;
  • Accuracy until 6 digits behind the comma;
  • Multi Viewport: display a dimension between 2 views of the same design;
  • Label information will also show the new advanced attributes;
  • Lock entities for better control over the document;
  • Improved drawing tools.

 

Upgrading

Users with a valid Maintenance
Everyone who has an active SketchUp Pro Maintenance, will receive a free upgrade to SketchUp Pro 2018! Please contact your reseller for obtaining your new license. But, please also have some patience. The 30 day trial will do for your first work in SketchUp Pro and within that period you will receive your new license codes.

Users with an expired Maintenance (until 3 years)
Users with an expired Maintenance (until 3 years) can upgrade as well. They will need to purchase maintenance and pay an extra compensation for the period without having Maintenance. Please see this page for the actual pricing.

Users with an expired Maintenance (more than 3 years)
If you have a Maintenance expired more than 3 years, you can no longer renew your Maintenance and need to buy a new license. Please see this page for the actual pricing.

Pricing

Click here for the most recent pricing.

More Info

Click here for buying SketchUp Pro 2018 and Maintenance.

Click here to download the free SketchUp Pro 2018 demo.

Click here to read everything about SketchUp Pro 2018.

All frequently asked questions about the v2018 release can be found here.

 
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