E-on software has released a new version of LumenRT Review, its real-time visualisation tool for SketchUp.
LumenRT 2 expands the quality spectrum of the plugin’s output: at the high end, introducing physically accurate lighting; at the low end, a low-quality rendering mode for slower computers.
In addition to the summary below, a full list of new features can be found on the LumenRT site.
LumenRT 2 Review is available now for Windows XP and above and OS X 10.6 and above. The SRP is $295, but the plugin is currently on sale for $195, and no time limit has been announced for the offer.
Users of the original version can upgrade for free until 29 February.
PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
E-on software, the leader in 3D sky, light and nature technologies, today announced the immediate availability of LumenRT 2 Review, the second generation of the company’s revolutionary product for the interactive visualization of architectural projects with full physical lighting. The product, currently compatible with SketchUp, is being ported to other platforms. To support this major release, e-on software also publishes a free trial version of LumenRT 2 for Macintosh and Windows, immediately available for download from try.lumenrt.com.
LumenRT 2 Review: A New Media for Architects Is Born!
With last year’s successful introduction of LumenRT, e-on software made a noticeable entry into the real-time market. This first version was immediately recognized as a significant advance by the architectural industry (including a nomination to 3D World CG Awards 2011 for Plugin of the Year), leading to many prominent ArchViz companies embracing LumenRT’s revolutionary approach. The ability to create accurately lit, immersive 3D visualizations of their projects and to share them with their clients was indeed considered a substantial asset.
LumenRT is the only solution that combines real-time rendering with a full, physical simulation of light, letting architects and their clients accurately experience the true volume and lighting of their designs.
Thanks to LumenRT 2 Review, architects no longer have to choose between high-quality images and real-time visualization. They can create high quality real-time visualizations of their models, explore them with any standard or 3D mouse and share them with their clients as self contained executables.
With a completely new, state-of-the-art real-time engine, LumenRT 2 hoards a plentiful number of new features and enhancements:
- Complete physical simulation of light
- Physically accurate reflections
- Adjustable time of day
- Precise anti-aliasing and motion blur
- Soft shadows with varying softness
- Superb water and underwater effects
- Advanced material rendering
- Photo-realistic skies
- Low quality mode for optimized performance on slower boards
Sample LiveCubes, pictures and videos are available on the lumenrt.com website, showcasing the amazing quality of the real-time visualizations produced by this software.
Pricing, Availability, Special Offers and Free Upgrades
LumenRT 2 Review for SketchUp works with both the free and the Pro versions of SketchUp.
LumenRT 2 Review for SketchUp is immediately available from e-on software’s online store and currently retails for $195 (introductory price – SRP: $295).
LumenRT is a 32 and 64-bit application, designed for the Windows 32/64 bits XP, Vista and 7 as well as Intel Mac OS X platforms (v10.6+).
Users of the first generation of LumenRT Review for SketchUp are eligible for a free upgrade to LumenRT 2 until February 29, 2012. Ordering and download instructions are sent individually.
Visit lumenrt.com/purchase for detailed system requirements and purchasing options.
LumenRT 2 Review Trial Version
The release of LumenRT 2 also marks the release of the first Trial Version of LumenRT, immediately available from try.lumenrt.com
The trial version of LumenRT 2 Review for SketchUp is a fully functional version of LumenRT 2, valid for 15 days. Output from the trial version is watermarked and not valid for commercial use. The trial version enables all SketchUp users to check how their communication could benefit from e-on software’s cutting-edge technology! The trial version can easily be converted into a full commercial license by purchasing the product directly from within the plug-in or a LiveCube.
Those who don’t use SketchUp can still experience the visual quality of LumenRT LiveCubes right away by downloading a set of sample LumenRT 2 LiveCubes at lumenrt.com/download and explore them live on their computer while they wait for support of their favorite application. The complete electronic documentation is also available for download from that page.
Download the 15-day trial of LumenRT 2 Review for SketchUp
(Watermarked, not valid for commercial use.)