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Thea for SketchUp v3.5 available

Thea for SketchUp v3.5 available!

A new version of Thea for SketchUp (version 3.5) is now available for download. The upgrade for this high-end render plugin contains the following improvements:

  • UV Randomizer
    UV Randomizer is an extra option in the Coordinates panel which helps in removing the repetition and randomizes the material for all instances sharing the same one. A good use case here is a parquet floor as seen in the following example.


     
  • Bitmap Randomizer
    To make the UV Randomizer more powerful, Thea also introduced the Bitmap Randomizer option. Bitmap Randomizer provides an additional way to add variation to the scenes. You may now assign multiple bitmaps to a channel which will then be applied randomly to all instances sharing the same material. One additional option with the Bitmap Randomizer is that the probability of each texture is now controlled by the weight percentage of each loaded bitmap. As one would expect, the Bitmap Randomizer is not limited to images but includes procedurals too. Finally, the Bitmap Randomizer can be combined with the UV Randomizer and create smart materials with small effort.
     
  • Random Glints
    With the addition of Random Glints, it is easier than ever to create glittery surfaces containing small mirror-like flakes that react to the light. While this result can be achieved with the use of normal maps, the new feature is well integrated in the material setup workflow and can be turned on with a single click.


     
  • Substance 3D Materials Support
    In version 3.5 of the Thea Render integrations, native support for Substance 3D materials has been added. There is no need to convert Substance 3D materials to Thea Materials since .sbsar files can now be opened from within the Thea material editor and get access to the Substance 3D parameters.
     
  • Global Coordinates
    Global Coordinates is a workflow enhancement that will make the coordinates handling a lot easier. Global Coordinates remove the hassle of going through each one of the bitmaps of a material and allows one to change them all at once.


     
  • More updates
    • SketchUp 2022 support (on macOS, M1 is not supported)
    • Intel Open Image Denoiser updated to v1.4.1 with improved fine detail preservation
    • Material Editor redesign
    • Smart coordinates synchronization (Helps with adjusting coordinates only in textures sharing the same values in the whole material.)
    • Point Light Intersection (Makes point lights visible when Soft Radius is enabled and speeds up caustics from highly reflective materials.)

Availability

If you are new to Thea for SketchUp, you can request your demo version here. If you are already having a valid term license of Thea for SketchUp, you can download the full version here to get your latest full version of Thea for SketchUp for free.

Buy / Upgrade

If you are convinced by the possibilities of Thea for SketchUp, you can buy your term license through one of our dedicated resellers

Happy Rendering!


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