The market innovation leader in interactive rendering solutions has announced the all-new Lumion 10, the latest release of the popular rendering platform for AEC and related design professionals.
Used by over 70 percent of the top architectural offices in the world, the latest release of Lumion adds a wealth of key new features. Let’s take a look.
Lumion 10’s New Features
Lumion 10 was already very good at providing lush landscapes but the company has added new Fine-Detail Nature models into the software package. These new nature models add substantially more realistic detail for bushes, shrubs, trees and more. Bark on trees and leaves on trees come to life with super fine detail.
Related to nature objects, Lumion 10 now lets the user paint with a brush large swatches of nature objects in your project, perfect for background neighborhoods, parkland, and mountains and hills in the distance. This feature, however, is not new to the renderer genre.
Other key features include:
- Displacement Mapping — now materials with relief and detail like wood grains will come to life in a three-dimensional sense thanks to displacement mapping. This makes rough surfaces like brick and gravel come to life.
- Real Night Skies and Aurora Borealis — new night skies show shimmering star-filled skies including the ability to show auroras like those in northern Sweden.
- New Content — Lumion’s models and material library continue to be advanced and added to. Humans can move and mimic social interactions, breathing realism into building and environmental scenes with human interaction. There are new cars, more models and furniture, etc.
- New Photomatching technologies aide designers abilities to marry up imagery in their 3D scenes, locating models in real life context provided by real-life photos.
Lumion 10 also features new high-quality preview, photo matching, height maps for OpenStreetMaps and many other items. To learn more visit them here.
Lumion has been an award-winning solution for new interactive rendering for architects for a few years now but the solution is decisively not supported on Apple’s macOS, which unfortunately means many architects on the Mac cannot run this outside of Apple’s Bootcamp environment. Lumion is too demanding on virtualization. A remote desktop access with a Mac client would also be a good solution for Mac-based architects but that too is not supported and the company’s website says it has no intention of supporting that at this time.
With Epic behind Twinmotion our guess is that the competition in this segment will be too intensive to allow for the development resouces of a macOS version. Potential customers will just have to speak up (loudly!) and cross their fingers. The company says they have no plans for a macOS version.