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Render programs

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Octane render program

Render programs are becoming more popular every day, this is because of the wide use of SketchUp 3D and other 3D programs. Miljons of people work with SketchUp and they are looking for the best presentation of their designs.
 
In principle there is a big division in the working proces of the render programs:
 
• with CPU and Open GL or Open CL support
• with CUDA GPL support
 
An example of a stand alone render program working with the CPU is Artlantis. An example of a GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) oriented program is Octane or iRay.
 
The next shift in Render programs is:
 
• stand-alone
• plug-in
 

 

Most of the SketchUp oriented render programs are plug-ins within the 3D SketchUp program itself.
 
And then the operating system. Most programs work on the Windows platform as well as Mac OSX. Just a view only work under Linux.
 
SketchUp --->
 

Artlantis Studio

stand-alone

Mac OSX

Windows Vista and higher

Artlantis Render

stand-alone

Mac OSX

Windows Vista and higher

V-Ray

Plug-in

Mac OSX

Windows

Shaderlight

Plug-in

Mac OSX

Windows

SU-Podium

Plug-in

Mac OSX

Windows

Render[in]

Plug-in

Mac OSX

Windows

many others

 
If you want to know how a render program realy works then the new (2013) publication of publisher Ontmoeting (meeting in Dutch language) is the book to buy. The price is kep very low and in 270 pages you learn everything you have to know about Render programs. The way they operate, the advantages and disadvantages of CPU versus GPU render programs. A description of several less known render programs as well as free versions.
 
 
Making a GPU-render faster
 

The K20 from NVIDIA
A perfect match for any GPU oriented Render program.
 
Thea Render program
 
Artlantis Studio render van gedeelte van Zwolle.
 
A graph of the theoretical speed of CPU processors and GPU processors.
Important landmark for any render program.
As you can see a CPU with NVIDIA CUDA cores is much faster
in a rendering proces then any 'normal' processor (CPU).
 
 
Processing main window. This free program (Win/Mac) can be used for experiments with a real render program.
 
Here we see on the left the program codes (all in the Render Principle publication) and on the right the actual render image in Preview.
 

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