Render with Kerkythea
Kerkythea is a freeware software that can produce high quality renders without spending a cent on software licensing. Kerkythea is using physically accurate materials and lights, aiming for the best quality rendering in the most efficient timeframe, with target to simplify the task of quality rendering by providing the necessary tools to automate scene setup, such as staging using the GL real-time viewer, material editor, general/render settings, editors, etc., under a common interface.
Kerkythea 2008 Echo is a full staging application for rendering your models. And now it’s available for all major platforms Windows, Linux and MacOSX! It accepts .3ds or .obj models, as well as having powerfully developed free exporter for SketchUp.
Kerkythea to SketchUp
Download Kerkythea plugin for SketchUp
See the available Kerkythea material libraries.