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LumenRT 2 released, melds Vue technology Google's SketchUp

updated 07:00 pm EST, Tue February 7, 2012

New rendering engine simulates environment, time

Architects can take their designs to the next level, creating fly-throughs that offer physical simulation of light, reflections, time-of-day adjustability, water and sky renderings to achieve extremely realistic presentations based on Google SketchUp drawings with e-on Software's LumenRT 2, now available for Mac and Windows. The plug rendering solution for SketchUp uses an entirely new rendering engine that brings Vue environmental technology to design drawings.

The program features state-of-the-art real-time rending that includes advance material rendering, precise anti-aliasing and motion blur, along with software shadows and accurate reflections. It supports exporting renderings in SketchUp time-lapse animation mode, and uses its own materials editor be used directly inside SketchUp. LumenRT 2 also offers lower-quality real-time rendering for slower or older graphics cards.

E-on says it will port LumenRT 2 to other major 3D platforms over time, and is offering a free trial version (fully functional for 15 days, but output is watermarked) for both platforms now. It works with both the free and pro versions of SketchUp, and users of LumenRT can upgrade to the new version for free until February 29th, 2012.

The software sells for $295, but for a limited time is being offered at $195. It requires an Intel Mac (10.6 or higher) or Windows XP, Vista or 7.





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  1. facebook_Albert

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    Must improve navigation controls

    All looks fine in their promotional movies but Lumen RT has some serious navigational flaws. The most basic of those is that walking around a scene can be compared to flooring the gas pedal of your car. You start of slow but other than releasing your foot from the gas pedal you keep accelerating. Why not some simple setting for a constant speed with easing in and out at the start and end? This at once would make the application much more usable for real walk throughs and not just to wow the audience with nice visuals.

    Also on the Mac the function keys don't work right off the bat. You need to switch around the functions in your system preferences to get that working.

    On the Mac the navigational circle that shows a spot in front of where you click is a blurry mess. Not sure why that is but it is ugly and distracts in a presentation.

    The quality apart from some light leaks is usually superb. But as a presentation tool I'd like to see better navigation controls.

  1. facebook_Albert

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    Must improve navigation controls

    All looks fine in their promotional movies but Lumen RT has some serious navigational flaws. The most basic of those is that walking around a scene can be compared to flooring the gas pedal of your car. You start of slow but other than releasing your foot from the gas pedal you keep accelerating. Why not some simple setting for a constant speed with easing in and out at the start and end? Same goes for looking around you. Once the mouse is moved in the viewing area your head jerks left and right. Why no ease settings to soften that. Take one simple look at how the best first person shooters solve navigation and learn from that. This at once would make the application much more usable for real walk throughs and not just to wow the audience with nice visuals.

    Also on the Mac the function keys don't work right off the bat. You need to switch around the functions in your system preferences to get that working.

    On the Mac the navigational circle that shows a spot in front of where you click is a blurry mess. Not sure why that is but it is ugly and distracts in a presentation.

    The quality apart from some light leaks is usually superb. But as a presentation tool I'd like to see better navigation controls.

  1. facebook_Albert

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    Ignore the first posting...

    Ingnore the first... The second one is the full version report.

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