Cherry Chest Of Drawers RenderingIMSI/Design, LLC, makers of TurboCAD, offers plug-ins for other 3D drawing applications. Their IDX Division offers a plug-in for Google SketchUp called IDX Renditioner which provides photorealistic rendering and material and lighting controls. This plug-in works totally within SketchUp; it adds nine icons to the tool bar: three levels of rendering, four buttons for environment & lighting, save and help button. There are two editions; IDX Renditioner Express which is free, and IDX Renditioner which costs $199.95. The free version is limited in render size and speed, 640 x 480 pixels and at the current time is only available for PC platforms, though a MAC version is expected in the future. IDX Renditioner will render images up to 4096 x 4096 pixels, 24-bits per pixel (16 megapixels), and supports multithreading for higher performance necessary for large images. IDX Renditioner is available on both the PC and MAC.

Close-up renedering - back.I have installed IDX Renditioner on my machine. Installation was quick and easy. I have not had time to give it a test drive. However, William Manning, Senior Director, IDX Division of IMSI/Design contacted me to ask permission to use one of my Free Plans as an example of what IDX Renditioner can do for woodworkers like myself. Above left is William’s rendered version of my Cherry Chest Of Drawers design (click on image to enlarge). Two additional renderings are shown right and left.To see actual photographs of the same design, go to Cherry Chest Of Draws on my Gallery page. William didn’t model the hardware, but I think you will agree this Close-up renedering - top.rendering is indeed photorealistic. What is nice about this is not only that you can see what the final product will look like, but with very little effort you can texture the model with different wood species and grain figures and decide which you, or your customer, likes best. William estimates that he can render 6 – 7 different species in a few hours. This is a very powerful tool for a custom furniture designer like me, and it is a great addition to an already powerful tool such as SketchUp. On my next design, which will be a custom wall hanging clock, I will use IDX Renditioner to render several wood species and give you a first hand accounting of IDX Renditioner.

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9 Responses to “IDX Renditioner for Google SketchUp”

  1. Woodiespassion says:

    I’ll look into that render package – looks like it’s fantastic

  2. David Standard says:

    To bad you don’t have a Mac version!

  3. Joe says:


    There is a MAC version available. Go to .


  4. kvedros says:

    I found your site this morning. I was looking for cabriole leg plans to use in a band saw demonstration for a local boyscout troop. You have some very fine pieces and Sketchup instruction. I am an avid Sketchup fan (though not as knowledgeable as you)as well and just purchased nxtrender. Neat site.

  5. Joe says:

    Hi Kim,

    Thank you, and you too have an interesting site. What lathe do you use? I have been wanting to get a good one and get serious about turning for table leg and other ornaments.

    By the way, I have a whole series of SketchUp tutorials on my Google SketchUp page above.


  6. Michael says:

    I just found your website and this Blog today. Fantastic amount of great information on how to use Sketchup. The link on Part 6 and 7 of the Beginners Tutorial, Dimensioning and Texturing are broken. Do you have a new location for these sections?

  7. Joe says:

    Hi Michael,

    I think I have repaired Part 6. Give it a try and let me know. Part 7 should be fixed in about an hour.

    Ever since hurricane Sandy, my video server host has had server problems. I don’t know when they will get it all resolved, but please let me know if you have any further problems. Thanks,


  8. keith says:

    I just came across your site and will be buying your bundle to learn more about sketchup and the “proper” ways of using it correctly. I also noticed that this rendering plugin is no longer available… Am i correct? anything else that is close to this i should look into?


  9. Joe says:

    Hi Keith,

    I wasn’t aware that IDX Renditioner is no longer available. You can try this link for a list of other SketchUp renderers:

    I don’t personally do a lot of rendering because I am not in the custom business (purely a hobbyist). Hope this helps.