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New: Shaderlight 2020 released today

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ShaderlightSketchUp 2020 Support

Shaderlight Ltd, the developers of Shaderlight for SketchUp, the popular rendering plugin for Trimble SketchUp, are pleased to announce the release of Shaderlight 2020. The new release fully supports the release SketchUp 2020, released yesterday.

In addition to SketchUp 2020 support, Shaderlight 2020 (v8.0) now offers a new way to accurately render light emitting objects such as television screens or neon signs.

Light Emitting Material Type

The new material type combines the features of the old Self Illuminating material type and an associated area light and both visibly glows and emits light that illuminates other surfaces, making it much easier to achieve the desired lighting result.

Designed with workflow in mind, the Light Emitting material type has two modes of operation – one that uses the underlying SketchUp material to define the emission colour and another that allows the colour to be specified in terms of correlated colour temperature.

Kate Jackson, Commercial Director at Shaderlight Ltd, said:

“Once again the Shaderlight team have worked hard to provide a seamless transition for users moving to SketchUp 2020 and using Shaderlight as their chosen rendering engine.  We are pleased to include a much requested new feature to this release which will make rendering light emitting objects easier and more accurate.”  Kate continued, “Light Emitting is intended to replace both Self Illuminating materials and area lights because they produce the most physically accurate results for less effort. The old material type and area lights have been retained so that existing models continue to work and to support particular non-physical effects (such as invisible light sources).”

In addition to this new tool, Shaderlight 2020 has some feature fixes reported by users in earlier versions. These include dialog layout problems in Windows and incomplete exports of models with certain texture types.

Full release notes are available here

Shaderlight 2020 (v8.0) is available to download today and is free to trial for 14 days. Log in to the Toolfarm dashboard and download a trial version on the right side of the page.

Get Shaderlight 2020 (v8.0)

  • Shaderlight 2020 (8.0) is available as a free update to users who purchased or upgraded to Shaderlight 2019 on or after January 1st 2020.  Please contact support@toolfarm.com for more details.
  • Existing users of Shaderlight 2019 or earlier can upgrade here: Shaderlight 2020 Upgrade
  • New Shaderlight users can purchase this latest release from our website.

Posted by Michele Yamazaki