Vi­su­al­izer for SketchUp

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In the vast forests of soft­ware filled with wide-reach­ing prod­ucts, some­times a sprig gets lost in the fo­liage. But that doesn’t de­tract from its el­e­gance.

Vi­su­al­izer is kind of that sprig. The soft­ware has an in­ter­est­ing evo­lu­tion from its seeds in Brazil R/S, to a view­port ren­derer in both Maya and 3ds Max ac­cel­er­ated by a ray-trace ac­cel­er­a­tor card, to now some­thing that pro­vides an amaz­ing fea­ture for a de­mo­graphic that may not be as shiny as Hol­ly­wood, but oh, is it vast.

The SketchUp com­mu­nity is huge, driven by a user base that loves to con­trib­ute to the pop­u­la­tion of mod­els in Google Maps, but also as a tool used by ar­chi­tects, the­atri­cal set de­sign­ers, land­scap­ers — you name it. Some­times peo­ple just sim­ply don’t need a work­horse like Maya when they just need to fig­ure out the lay­out for the new kitchen cab­i­nets.

So what were they miss­ing?: A pho­to­re­al­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their de­sign. This is the niche that Imag­i­na­tion chose to fill. And in my kind-of-ed­u­cated

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