AccuRender nXt

advanced rendering for AutoCAD

AccuRender Studio

AccuRender Studio is the newest version of the AccuRender product line.  It represents the first major release since the nXt product line.  It is currently available for free as a work-in-progress.  The new feature list is large, please take a look.  Download, installation, and operating instructions are below.

Features:

  • New AutoCAD plugin
    • All data is stored in the AutoCAD drawing
    • Legacy data is automatically captured if a recent version of nXtRender for AutoCAD is running, see requirements.
  • New Render engine
    • Engine is parameter-free, physically-based, realistic, simpler to use.
    • Rendered preview shows your changes quickly.
    • Effects like caustics are generated automatically, without user input.
    • Large numbers of lights can be used without significant performance degradation.
    • Support for parallel processing has been improved, whether using multiple cores on a single machine, or multiple machines.
    • Lighting channel concept has been expanded and improved.
  • Cloud Rendering and Data
    • Support included for rendering to your own Azure Batch account.
    • Our cloud account can be used with a credit card.
    • Plant and material cloud libraries are easily accessed.
  • Out-of-AutoCAD operation
    • Option for out-of-process rendering so you can continue to work in AutoCAD.
    • Includes a full standalone AccuRender Studio version includes input from a variety of sources.
    • Render farm support improved and included.
    • Plants can be exported as meshes for use in other rendering and modeling software.
  • New data formats
    • New material format allows for easier creation of realistic surfaces.
    • New plant format offers more realistic, easier to create, plants.

Requirements:

64 bit system.

AutoCAD 2013-2018.

If you wish to include legacy nXtRender data such as materials and lighting, you'll need a recent copy of the nXtRender for AutoCAD product.  See the Download->nXtRender and nXt menu option.  A release date of 1/15 or later is recommended.

Instructions:

1. Download and install AccuRender Studio.
2. Open an AutoCAD session.
3. Load the correct .net AccuRender Studio plugin for your version of AutoCAD by typing netload at the command prompt (not appload!) and navigating to

    c:\program files\AccuRender Studio.  The plugin versions are:

    ArStudioAcadPluginR19.dll (AutoCAD 2013-2014)

    ArStudioAcadPluginR20.dll (AutoCAD 2015-2016)
    ArStudioAcadPluginR21.dll (AutoCAD 2017)
    ArStudioAcadPluginR22.dll (AutoCAD 2018)


    You should only have to do this step once. The file will be demand loaded after that.

4. Optionally load nXtRender (by typing nxt at the command line, for example).
5. Type arstudio at the command line to run the command.

AutoCAD commands:

ArStudio-- brings up the full product interface including a render preview window.

ArPlants-- allows loading placement of plants.

ArTagLights and ArUntagLights-- select (or unselect) objects to be treated as AccuRender lights.

ArQMap-- quickly and planar or box material mapping to an object

ArDecal-- place and edit decals.

ArScene-- writes an external scene file for use by AccuRender Studio standalone or others.

ArRemoveData-- removes the new AccuRender Studio data from your drawing.  May be useful for recapturing legacy data.

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Latest Activity

Roy Hirshkowitz replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"Not yet.  It's not quite like that-- where you can offload certain portions.  It's more like an all or nothing proposition."
Oct 12
George Ioannidis replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"Thank you Roy. The more physical based effects nXt has, the more realistic pictures it will compute. All of those need a lot of computing power under (or on top of) our desks though. Are you doing any move to engage GPUs on rendering process in nXt?…"
Oct 11
Roy Hirshkowitz replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"Most are using nVidia's stuff for denoising-- it's pretty impressive. They are reflective caustics which you get automatically in the new engine-- yes, I think they come from sunlight striking the chair bases.  They should be pretty…"
Oct 11
George Ioannidis replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"Nice! Many path renderers are introducing denoising features with good results. I have a question on those images Roy: the bright elliptical spots on the wall between the two windows are reflection caustics from highly reflective surface on the…"
Oct 11
Roy Hirshkowitz replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"I've been experimenting with nVidia's denoiser (requires one of their GPUs) in the new Image Editor.  Very promising-- here's regular and denoised.  Click on each image to see it full size:"
Oct 10
Roy Hirshkowitz replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"I'm experimenting with nVidia's denoiser-- requires one of their GPUs.  Here's the original and denoised in the new Image Editor:"
Oct 10
Peter Milner replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"Thanks for looking into this Roy, I'll do a few tests of my own."
Oct 8
Roy Hirshkowitz replied to Peter Milner's discussion Frosted glass
"Looks like the Thin switch isn't being used?  Ignore that part: I substituted Sandpaper bump (strength = 0.2) for roughness in the acrylic material.  These are using the hybrid engine:"
Oct 8

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