Act-3D has unveiled Lumion 4.0, the forthcoming update to the real-time architectural visualisation tool.
Plants, water and flares
New features this time round include support for animated grass and falling leaves; and improvements to the look of fountains and oceans.
The rendering engine gets support for motion blur and physical camera effects, including lens flares; along with Sun Study – a physical sun system.
There is also a new toolset for adding basic titles and transitions to presentations without the need for a separate editing package; and support for direct import of SketchUp SKP files.
System requirements and release dates
The software is going 64-bit only, so you’ll need a 64-bit version of Windows – although you’d probably have needed one anyway for all but the simplest of scenes.
Lumion 4.0 is out in November 2013. Act-3D’s site currently only lists the planned upgrade prices, but the standard version of the software currently costs €1,499 (around $2,030), and the Pro edition €2,999 ($4,060).
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