e-on software has begun shipping LumenRT, its real-time visualisation plug-in for SketchUp and SketchUp Pro.
As well as stills and animations, the software exports LiveCubes: standalone executables that can be explored without the need for player plug-ins to be installed on the viewer’s computer.
The introductory price of $195, rising to $295 after the initial offer period, places LumenRT somewhere in the middle of the existing third-party rendererers for SketchUp and considerably less expensive than standalone tools such as Lumion.
According to the initial news release, the SketchUp edition will be the first in a new line of real-time products.
PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
e-on software has announced introductory pricing and immediate availability of LumenRT Review for SketchUp, the company’s revolutionary new product for the visualization of architectural projects in real-time 3D with accurately simulated lighting.
LumenRT Review for SketchUp works with both the free and the Pro versions of SketchUp. Sample LiveCubes™, pictures and videos uploaded to the lumenrt.com website showcase the amazing quality of the real-time visualizations produced by the product.
Beyond static renders: high-fidelity immersive visualization
Thanks to LumenRT, architects no longer have to choose between high-quality images and real-time visualization: They can walk or fly through their designs and experience the true quality of light in fully interactive 3D!
Designed to provide high fidelity visualization with accurately simulated lighting including Global Illumination, shadows and reflections, LumenRT is the ideal solution for:
- Creating exciting virtual interactive showrooms
- Demonstrating and sharing design concepts with associates and customers
- Creating attention-grabbing client presentations
- Exposing projects in fully real-time photorealistic 3D
LumenRT provides a number of revolutionary capabilities to breathe life into 3D designs including:
- A More Engaging User Experience which allow clients and co-workers to interact with designs in a much more immersive and exciting manner.
- No Need for Specialized Viewing Software since LumenRT LiveCubes™ are shared as self running files that play on PC and Mac platforms. Just click and run – it’s as simple as that.
- Seamless Background Processing allows models to be transformed into LumenRT LiveCubes with a single mouse click, rendering in the background while you continue to work.
Accurate lighting, shadows and reflections are an essential component of most architectural projects. LumenRT captures all the subtleties of natural illumination by performing a physically accurate simulation of the light in the scene which produces vivid, life-like results.
LumenRT’s incredible ease-of-use, immersive navigation, and high-fidelity imagery is the result of many years of intensive research at e-on software. E-on holds a number of patents on the key underlying technologies which serve as the framework for LumenRT.
Pricing and wvailability
LumenRT Review for SketchUp and SketchUp Pro currently retails for $195 (introductory price – SRP: $295).
LumenRT is a 32 & 64-bit application, designed for the Windows® 32/64 bits XP, Vista and 7 as well as Intel Mac OS X platforms (v10.6+).