Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 Posted by Jim Thacker

Act-3D releases Lumion 6.5

Act-3D has released Lumion 6.5, the latest update to its real-time visualisation software, updating the render engine, adding the option to set transparency for trees and plants, and extending support for VR.

Better render performance, new plant transparency and VR output options
The headline change in the update is the renderer, which now “works better with Windows 8 and 10” – particularly Windows 10, where the engine can now access more than 4GB of RAM on the GPU.

Other than that, Lumion doesn’t go into detail as to how the renderer has been improved, simply describing it as “a platform with greater opportunities for future development”.

Other changes include the option to set transparency for vegetation to prevent it obscuring the buildings behind, as shown in the video above; and assigning or changing materials is now “more responsive”.

Support for VR devices, first introduced in Lumion 6.3, has been extended to devices other than the Oculus Rift and the Gear VR – it’s literally an ‘other devices’ preset – and there is a new benchmarking system.

There are also a number of smaller new features, which you can read about via the link below.

Pricing and availability
Lumion 6.5 is available now for 64-bit Windows Vista and above.

The Pro edition of the software costs €2,999 (around $3,410); the standard edition, which lacks some advanced features and stock content, costs €1,499 ($1,705). You can see a comparison table here.

Read a full list of new features in Lumion 6.5