Act-3D has released Lumion 11.0, the latest version of its real-time architectural visualization software, which adds a new orthographic rendering mode, support for custom IES headlights, and a RAL color picker.
The Pro Edition features a new animated phasing effect for creating renderings of buildings that assemble themselves, a volumetric fire, a rain streak effect for windows and a new car paint shader.
A user-friendly real-time tool for the visualization of architectures
Lumion was first released in 2010 and is now one of the top three renderers used for Arch Viz work. It creates renderings of architectural scenes in near real time.
The software is intended to offer architects with little background knowledge of visualization an easier way to create realistic still images and animations than conventional DCC apps.
Users import building models from other software, either in standard 3D file formats such as FBX, OBJ, SKP, and MAX, or via built-in live links to major CAD applications.
They can then edit materials in Lumion, set up lighting and weather effects, design the scene with ready-made models from the associated asset library and create simple camera animations.
New in the Lumion 11.0 standard: New orthographic views as well as updates to lighting and color selection
In addition to the existing perspective view, the new functions in the basic version of the software include a new orthographic view for rendering plan and elevation views of a building.
It works for both still images and animation, and according to the release notes, it can also render isometric views as well as actual orthographic views.
Lighting changes include the option to set up custom fixtures in scenes by importing IES profiles of real lights, and support for "micro-shadows" when rendering the lighting created by fixtures.
The update also introduces a RAL color picker that can be used to select colors for scene materials in accordance with the European RAL color standard for paints and plastics.
Lumion's LiveSync function, which provides a live connection to CAD and BIM applications such as AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino and SketchUp, now supports BricsCAD 18 and higher.
Other changes include a new high-quality preview mode in the theater view and the option to apply the new artistic rendering styles introduced in Lumion 10.0 to panoramas.
Pro Edition only: New animated phase system as well as fire and rain streak effects
Pro Edition users get some bigger features including an eye-catching pre-made animated phasing effect that creates effects like in the video above.
Users can apply a number of transitions to turn the constituent parts of a building and its surroundings into a scene, e.g. B. when objects fall from the sky or grow up from the ground.
Epic Games recently added similar functionality in Twinmotion 2020.2, the latest version of its competing real-time visualization software.
Other changes in Lumion 11.0 Pro include a volumetric fire system to mimic chimneys and bonfires.
The shape of the flames can be controlled through texture maps or by setting simple properties for size, turbulence, and intensity.
Lumion's precipitation system now also includes a rainstrip option, which uses the PureGlass material to create raindrops on surfaces in a scene. The drops are dynamic and move under gravity.
The update also adds a new metallic auto shader that allows car paints to be made more realistic.
Other changes concern the support of satellite maps in the OpenStreetMap system, with which real terrain can be restored with both elevation and surface color data.
Updates to the asset libraries
The asset libraries included with the software have also been updated. Standard Edition users get 108 new 3D objects and 401 Pro users, including plants, people, cars and interiors.
Pro Edition users will also get 63 new pre-made materials for indoor and outdoor scenes.
Pricing and system requirements
Lumion 11.0 is available for 64-bit Windows 10. The standard version of the software costs € 1,499 (about $ 1,780). The Pro Edition costs € 2,999 ($ 3,560). A comparison table can be found here.
For a full list of what's new in Lumion 11.0, see the online release notes
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