Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 Posted by Jim Thacker

Abvent ships Artlantis 4.1

Next Limit’s Maxwell Render can now be used as an optional render engine within Artlantis 4.1.

Abvent has updated its Artlantis architectural renderer. Artantis 4.1 adds camera-like ISO/Shutter controls, support for spherical HDRI backgrounds, and the option to use Maxwell Render as an additional render engine.

The latter is interesting: at first glance, you’d imagine that you either want the slow-but-photorealistic renders Maxwell generates, or the fast-but-less-realistic renders of Artlantis itself, not a hyrid of the two.

Abvent claims the new feature offers the best of both worlds, and it does mean you can use Maxwell shaders with Artlantis scenes – although at €500 (around $630) for the add-on, you pay half as much again as for Artlantis itself in order to do so.

Abvent announced today the release of Artlantis 4.1, powered by the Maxwell Render engine from Next Limit Technologies. This latest release combines the speed and ease-of-use Artlantis users have come to rely on with the power and physical accuracy of Maxwell Render. As the fastest stand-alone 3D rendering application developed especially for architects and designers, Artlantis 4.1 takes architectural visualization to new heights.

New features in Artlantis 4.1:

ISO / Shutter Speed
Automatic lighting adjustment has been available since the launch of Artlantis 3.0. With Artlantis 4.1, users can now choose to keep this setting or use a new feature called ISO/Shutter. ISO refers to the sensitivity of camera film, while the Shutter Speed refers to the length of time the camera’s aperture stays open when taking a picture. Artlantis 4.1 offers better color quality and more realistic results.

HDRI Background
The HDR image provides a spherical background as well as an overall illumination with shadows and full 360 degree reflections. The 3D lit environment generated around the scenes ensures a robust background for all camera views combined with the entire range of real light intensity. This also makes HDR images valuable for scenes that contain reflective surfaces. With the special lighting channel included in HDR images, the illumination and shadow casting will result in amazingly realistic renderings.

Optional Maxwell Render Engine
Artlantis is the fastest 3D rendering application available today for architects and designers, while Maxwell Render is considered to be the most physically accurate rendering engine on the market. Abvent and Next Limit Technologies have teamed up to offer Maxwell Render as an optional rendering engine within Artlantis 4.1. Complete with specific shaders and postcards, Maxwell Render is incredibly easy to use. Simply set up the scene in Artlantis as usual, and click on the Maxwell Render engine button to launch the calculation. With Artlantis 4.1, users get the best of both worlds: speed and physical accuracy.

Artlantis 4.1 is now available for purchase for €990 through Abvent’s network of international distributors and as a free upgrade for current Artlantis 4 users. The optional Maxwell Render feature is available for €500.

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