I downloaded the new version of Google's SketchUp yesterday and am now running SketchUp Pro 7. This thing is a wonder, believe me. There's a free version available that's great to use to get your feet wet in the pool of 3-D architectural rendering. If you want to wade in deeper still, the Pro version is available for $495. When I stop to consider how much other professional-grade rendering software costs, that $495 is all but inconsequential. It's practically a nominal fee when consider further how horribly most other rendering programs work. SketchUp works, it does everything I need it to do and more and it makes me look good. What's not to love?
I've seen the future gang, and the future has an icon on my desktop.