Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Flamingo nXt - New build. Try it.


Flamingo nXt development is nearly complete but there are still a few things to do before first release. Meanwhile, you are invited to give it a try.

This completely new nXt technology brings dozens of new features to Flamingo, including:

  • 4-5 times faster than Flamingo 2
  • Takes more advantage of multi-core machines
  • Better quality images are continually refined and updated until halted, allowing you to trade processing time for quality
  • Better anti-aliasing
  • Better tone reproduction, more saturated colors
  • More sophisticated shading algorithm-- much better materials
  • HDR backgrounds and lighting
  • Objects as light sources
  • Indirect lighting without radiosity that can handle complex models without artifacts or specialized modeling
  • Advanced displacement map support
  • 2-point perspective in Rhino 5.0
  • Shadow-catching only objects and ground plane
  • New fractal trees/vegetation technology
  • New UI new material editor w/lighting and anti-aliasing
  • A 64-bit build for Rhino 5.0
The latest build includes:
  • A sun angle calculator
  • Support for Flamingo 2 tree libraries
  • Localized in Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Korean
  • Blurry transparency for frosted and etched glass, etc.
  • Foliage highlight and translucency control to the tree editor
  • Many bug fixes including enhanced memory management and stability
  • An alternate (pathtrace) render engine for enhanced image quality in some cases. The switch is on the Render tab.

Give it a try. I think you will be surprised by the speed, image quality, and ease of use.

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