Visualizer for SketchUp

Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby adkelley » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:37 pm

Visualizer 1.1 just announced yesterday. Shipping this month. Includes custom images size, progress indicators, and more. Details here, including a video - https://getvisualizer.com/blog/big-news
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby driven » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:44 pm

the latest download is crashing both v13 and v14 on my mac...

are any of the dev team members here?

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby adkelley » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:41 pm

Visualizer 1.1 is now available for download and purchase. Adds custom image sizes, picture development timer, and more. Still only $19.99 and a free upgrade for existing Visualizer customers. Details:https://getvisualizer.com/blog/visualizer-1-1-upgrade
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:25 pm

Im one of the software engineers on the Visualizer team.
John has been in touch with us and we are investigating. For immediate support users should go to the link below.
https://getvisualizer.com/contact

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby valerostudio » Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:22 pm

Definitely a cool toy. Reminds me of Maxwell Fire without lights or materials.
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:59 pm

Our goal is to make realistic image creation instantly available to Sketchup users.

Actually there are 2 lights, the sun and the sky.
Also in the current version there are two materials.
One is a none shiny material.
The other is a shiny "glass" which the artist indicates by reducing opacity below 100.

We have received many requests from customers for more features and the team is working hard to add them. The challenge is to keep it easy to use.

Hopefully we have succeeded in making the Visualizer interface so intuitive that you can be productive within minutes of installing the extension.

Thanks for the positive comparison considering Maxwell is over 40 times the purchase price.

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby Krisidious » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:00 pm

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby bob bean » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:13 am

Wondering if there are any tricks to lose the shadows.
When doing an interior render without a ceiling/roof i get the sun/sky shadows and with a ceiling it is pretty dark in there!

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby Krisidious » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:21 am

I noticed too... I went to 12:00 noon sun over o,o,o located model.
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:01 am

Hi Bob and Krisidious,

Yes with the sun and sky currently being the only light sources, interiors can be pretty dark.
For now you can open Window/EntityInfo for an object or group and toggle off the "Cast Shadows" option.

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby Krisidious » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:13 pm

I'll try that Willanie
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:32 pm

Hi john,

Please try out the latest Mac download which fixes this issue.

https://getvisualizer.com/downloads

driven wrote:the latest download is crashing both v13 and v14 on my mac...

are any of the dev team members here?

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Fri May 08, 2015 2:03 am

Visualizer1.3 has an enhanced materials mode ... its the icon at the top of the window that looks like an arrow line reflecting. Enhanced material mode recognizes many of the built in Sketchup materials and assigns appropriate reflection settings. As always ease of use is the goal so its all auto magic settings but if you want to tweak things take a look at this link for a brief but concise description.
https://getvisualizer.com/blog/enhanced-materials.html

Attaching an example image render with enhanced mode on.

When enhanced mode is on the glossy reflections will sometimes propagate bright speckles also called fireflies. For this you can use the de-noising modes to filter them out. The de-speckle icon looks like random dots and is next to the enhanced mode icon.

As was mentioned in another post Visualizer1.3 is the last version of this renderer and is now free.
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby pilou » Fri May 08, 2015 9:06 am

https://www.getvisualizer.com/

That is one of the more easy free in use that is existing for SUre...! :thumb: :fro: 8-)

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby pilou » Fri May 08, 2015 10:06 am

OK It's so cool that I will make for the fun the French Version of your blog/ FAQ site! ;)
I have made yet some other render sites! :roll:
Podium , Twillight
LightUp Manual The official site of LightUp (will appear in French only following your geographic position! )
etc...
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby pilou » Fri May 08, 2015 12:13 pm

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby easykhan » Fri May 08, 2015 2:05 pm

Hello guys,

Is there a way to change the color rendered by Visualizer 1.3 for foreground, for sky and ground ?
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Fri May 08, 2015 4:49 pm

Hi easykhan,

There is no way to change the color of the sky and ground. Its based on a procedural sun_sky shader that changes based on time of day and year. However you can use a large sphere or cylinder with a sky image. You may want to turn off shadow casting for that object.
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Fri May 08, 2015 10:16 pm

Another example of enhanced mode with de-speckling.
This sketchup file was posted to the warehouse by user Rollie W. called GLASS TABLES IN HOUSE DISPLAY. I changed to the floor from a light carpet to the built in Tile-Ceramic-multi material. Rendered for about 20 minutes on my desktop computer.
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby pilou » Tue May 12, 2015 1:49 am

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Tue May 12, 2015 5:44 am

c'est cool Pilou
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby vidy » Tue May 12, 2015 8:32 am

Hi Willanie,

Just want to confirm about transparent background saving, when reduce noise and suppress speckle activated, i unable to save the transparent background. Is it just me or it's from visualizer v1.3?

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby pilou » Tue May 12, 2015 11:32 am

when reduce noise and suppress speckle activated, i unable to save the transparent background

Same result than you but I suppose that is normal, as you can have the background on the more speedy mode!

Something funny seems the Icone of the "Folder" is used only for choose (and remember) name's text beginning and format
but not for save the file itself! Even the button "Save" is shown! ;)
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Tue May 12, 2015 4:25 pm

Hi Vidy and Pilou,

Yes unfortunately the alpha channel is disabled when using the de-noising or de-speckling.
The save file dialog (the icon is a small arrow head pointing down next to the file folder icon) is greyed out indicating no alpha is produced.
One terrible workaround is to render without de-noising to obtain an alpha channel and render again with de-noising for the RGB channels.

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby pilou » Tue May 12, 2015 6:54 pm

One terrible workaround is to render without de-noising to obtain an alpha channel and render again with de-noising for the RGB channels.


So what is the solution ?
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Tue May 12, 2015 8:57 pm

Sorry pilou that's the only workaround.
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby driven » Tue May 12, 2015 9:14 pm

if your using the locked view for Visualizer, it's quite easy to make a png alpha mask with SU 2d export to the same folder for post composition?
or set the layer color to black and use the color by layer export, maybe...
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Tue May 12, 2015 9:33 pm

Hi Driven,

Interesting suggestions, but I don't think they are a better workaround then rendering Visualizer twice.
In fact, making an alpha channel outside of Visualizer may result in some edge mismatch.
The creation of the alpha channel in Visualizer was refined to the point where compositing in paint software like Gimp or Photoshop works without any edge fringing.

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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby driven » Tue May 12, 2015 10:15 pm

the color by layer ones is a Visualizer export...

Layer setting 'Color by Layer'
Vis setting export png trans background...
model0019.png

only the window glass still shows...
EDIT:
this is color by layer, use view size 2d png export non-transparent bg...
10x12Shed_Shared.png
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Re: Visualizer for SketchUp

Postby willanie » Tue May 12, 2015 10:49 pm

Hi Driven,

I didn't think of using color by layer set to black.
Problem is, this mode doesn't effect the background sky in Visualizer.
So you could get something like the attached image.
Even if you use Visualizer a second time, as I suggested, could potentially result in edge fringing. Visualizer processes a saved image with alpha to minimize edge fringing and this would not happen in a de-speckled render.

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