Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 Posted by Jim Thacker

Act-3D ships Lumion 3.0

Act-3D has shipped Lumion 3.0, the latest version of its intuitive real-time architectural visualisation tool.

In addition to the new real-time cloud system, previewed a couple of months back, Lumion 3.0 improves the realism of the engine’s lighting and rendering, adding GI (pictured above) and accurate reflections.

Support for 3D sound and video textures have been added, and the software’s library of pre-built content has been extended. There are also a number of updates to the Lumion editor.

Lumion 3.0 is available now for Windows XP and above. Pricing remains unchanged at €1,499 (around $1,940) for the standard edition, and €2,999 ($3,875) for the Pro edition.

With the launch of Lumion® 3, Act-3D B.V. have made a dream come true for architects who need to deliver spectacular videos to their clients within tight timeframes. The breakthrough in visual quality has been made possible by brand new advanced global illumination & accurate reflection technology.

Lumion® distinguishes itself from traditional complex rendering software by offering much faster render speeds and an unsurpassed workflow which is both easy and efficient. The improved interface in Lumion® 3 greatly reduces the time it takes from importing a model to having a finished video, and leaves customers with more time for creative tasks.

“There are many other exciting new elements in Lumion® 3”, continues Remko Jacobs, CTO of Act-3D B.V., “We not only added accurate rendering of multiple layers of glass as well as true 3D clouds with shadows. We also included many new entourage models, such as animated 3D people, ships, aircraft and new trees and plants.”

Moreover, a 3D sound engine, complete with built-in ambient sound effects, has been integrated in the software. “With the addition of sound, there is no longer a need for external video editing software for adding ambient sounds and music.”, says Remko Jacobs. “It’s all in there. Lumion® has evolved to become an all-in-one architectural visualization suite. We can’t wait to see the impact that Lumion® 3 will be having on the architectural visualization industry!“

Availability and pricing
New users can purchase Lumion® 3 from one of Act-3D B.V.’s resellers or from Act-3D B.V.’s website.

Lumion® currently costs €1,499.
Lumion® Pro retails for €2,999.
For upgrade pricing, visit the Lumion website.

Lumion® is available as a 32 and 64-bit application for Windows® XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

Read a full list of new features in Lumion 3.0