With our copies of Vray for Sketchup coming any sec now, we are hoping to see even more inspiring student work. Some of the students have already been using it and it lifts the quality of the stunning work they produce in sketchup.
Anyhow, via the Digital Urban blog we have another player in the field that turns Google's mighty little piece of software into a more realtime lit visualisation. This new functionality is coming from the beta of LightUp. This new plugin from the UK gives us lightning fact ambient occlusion, instant compositing with textures, area lighting calculations and full skydomes. The videos on youtube tell the story for us: