For those of you that have been rendering for years, you know the name Maxwell. Using their Render Suite, which connects to SketchUp, you can create some amazingly realistic models. The problem has been that you were required to have the full Maxwell Render Suite, which is fairly expensive but produces amazing results.
The great news is that they’ve just released “Maxwell for Google SketchUp” — and it’s free! It works on both Windows and Mac and it works with both SketchUp and SketchUp Pro. Here’s a quick video showing how it works:
If generating photorealistic models from SketchUp is something you’re looking to do, you should also check out the Shaderlight and LumenRT plug-ins. For more about Maxwell, check out their Maxwell for SketchUp page or read more about this new plug-in on the Google SketchUp Blog.