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Rendering News: LightUp and Octane Render updates

Mac CAD and 3D News: Rendering updates to Octane Render and LightUp for Google’s SketchUp.


LightUp for SketchUp – Updated

A plugin-renderer we have written about before for Google’s SketchUp has been updated to version 1.10a. A complete list of the new features or capabilities or fixes have been listed here. Highlight include:

  • New Ambiant Occlusion shader supports color bleeding between surfaces
  • New Material attribute for “Shadow Catcher”
  • Better Load Balancing on multiple threads

You can read the complete list here. In the previous version on sale v.1.9a new features included IES file browser, fogging and sky rendering, new export to LightUp Player, new color dialog for setting up colors and performance improvements. To learn more about LightUp go here:

Octane Render Updates

Following an Octane Render release earlier this fall, Refractive Software has announced the availability of the fifth intermediate Octane Render live testing release, for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. The pre-release beta is available only for customers, version 2.3 v5 beta. A final/public demo version will be released soon, says the company.

A highlight of the new beta is a brand new PDF Manual for the software, completely redesigned from scratch with over 120 pages, in widescreen format and with chapters and bookmark hotspots.

Octane Render is a GPU based renderer available for Mac OS X as well as Windows. To learn more visit them here.

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