Monday, March 16, 2015

New Video - Lighting Channels

DutchSims4Master has agreed to create a set of videos explaining how to use IRender nXt features.

You can see his second video here:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New version of IRender nXt and ArielVision renders 2X faster!

We found some compiler settings which have made renderings run more than 2 times faster than previous versions on many models. This is very exciting because with faster renderings you can complete the rendering in less time, or let it run for more passes, and a better rendering, in the same amount of time

If your version is from before March 9, 2015 (earlier than OC09) download the latest version of IRender nXt or ArielVision from:

If you purchased or renewed your license in the past 12 months, you can use the latest version.

If your license is more than 12 months old, you will need to renew it to use the latest version.

(Licenses which start with IPNC..., ICNC..., or AVNC... or a higher code are valid for this new release)

If your license is older, you can renew it at:

nXtRender for AutoCAD users -  we will be releasing a faster version for AutoCAD today or tomorrow. Watch the downloads page for a version OC09 or later. Or return to this blog, or visit our nXtRender for AutoCAD forum:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Video for IRender nXt

DutchSims4Master is a Sims 4 house builder who likes to record videos and post them on Youtube!

You can check out his You Tube channel Here

He uses IRender nXt to render each of his models in his video, and has also agreed to create a set of videos explaining how to use IRender nXt features.

You can see the first of his videos here:
How to add lights to your model using IRender nXt

Friday, February 13, 2015

Top View Trees for Landscapes

While working with RpTreeMaker we decided to have it also create Top View tree images which would be useful for Top View landscape renderings.

Top View Trees for Landscapes

Top View and Side View trees in layers
Top View Trees are special images created with RpTreeMaker which add detail to Top View Landscape renderings.

By storing 3D view images and Top View images in the same tree Component, in different layers it is easy to include your trees in multiple SketchUp views.

You can even automatically turn the tree layers on and off in your saved SketchUp view scenes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rendering Fractal Trees


Tree placed in SketchUp and rendered wirh nXtRender/IRender
Create custom, fractal, trees and plants. The tree is regenerated each time the tree is rendered.

The more you are zoomed in, the more detail is included.

This is especially useful for close ups of trees and other plants.

For background trees, these is an option to render using the 2D tee image store in SketchUp, which can improve the rendering time when you have lots of background trees.
We've been making a number of improvements to the 3D Fractal Trees in IRender nXt and our other rendering products.

Rendering Plants as 2D images
nXt Plants render as full 3D, fractal images - meaning to more you zoom in on the scene before rendering, the more detail you will see.

However for many uses - especially for background trees - you can save rendering time, while still getting great results, by rendering a 2D image of the tree rather than the full, fractal, 3D tree.
Here is a rendering of two plants - zoomed in - the one on the left is rendered as a 2D image, the one on the right is rendered as a 3D, Fractal plant. If you look closely you can see the better detail in the 3D, Fractal plant.

Rendered plants.jpg

However, if you are not zoomed in closely on the trees, the 2D images will often work just fine.

For more information, see: Rendering Plants as 2D Images

Foreground images and Watermarks