Testing Beta software is always something that I encourage people to get involved in.
A major upgrade to V-Ray for SketchUp (now in version 1.6) has just hit public beta. This is a free open beta that you can tap into. There are 16 additional features in this beta offering.
Some of the intriguing features include:
V-Ray RT® – a CPU-supported rendering engine that might streamline scene setup and provide instant visual feedback directly in SketchUp for quicker design, material, and lighting decisions.
V-Ray Dome Light – Creates simple, artifact-free image-based lighting using importance sampling of images.
V-Ray Proxy – Manages scene memory and efficiently renders large amounts of geometry to increase detail and complexity in scenes. V-Ray Proxy objects are dynamically loaded and unloaded at render time, which saves vital RAM resources.
If you have time – you might want to get involved and see what is coming.
The free open beta of V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp is available for SketchUp 8 on both the Windows and OS X platforms – 32bit only. It can be downloaded right now by applying for the public beta program on Chaos Group’s website.