(Okay lets try this again)
After a long delay thanks to Covid-19 complications (myself and loved ones are safe but there were other complications) i finally managed to play with the plugin!
Like i pointed out over at the Sketucation forums, it was a bit of a challenge to get the navigation of the scene under control, but that being said, after a few mins, i think i got the hang of it….
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I love the quality of renders coming out of Bella and i am really excited to see where you take the plugin next! hopefully we can get an integrated plugin in the near future!
A couple of things i noticed :
1) You need to switch on the Shadows in Sketchup and then press export to make bella start rendering with the sun shadows. This is a minor thing which you may consider changing for the plugin version?
2) in sketchup, as you probably know the best way to make a different material is to duplicate an existing material and change the color. (for example two shades of plaster). However, Bella referenced the original texture and not the edited one, even though the res folder had it. I had to manually find the texture from within bella. A bug perhaps?
3) Does Bella support only normal maps for bump mapping? Over the years i have a collection of textures with its bump maps (BW images). Maybe its something you can consider?
4) Please consider support for Skatter plugin. Architects love to put grass in their external renders! 😀