Posted by Kathleen Moore, CastleView 3D:
My rendering engine of choice, Thea Render, just issued a new update yesterday, v1.1. I haven’t had much of an opportunity to try it out yet, but already I can tell that it’s much faster than the previous version.
Here are just a few of the new features/fixes in this release, as listed on the Thea user forum:
- Optimized environment resulting in a speed up factor close to x2 and better memory footprint.
- Addition of Render History functionality. [Allows side-by-side comparison of render versions.]
- Integrated support for large previews (256×256) for material and texture editors (high resolution).
- Colimo integration with the unbiased TR1 and TR2 engines. [Colimo sounds very intriguing and I’m definitely planning to check it out.]
Sandro Sorce (a Thea beta tester) had this to say in a review on Ronen Bekerman’s Architectural Visualization blog:
Thea Render is packed with features. Whether you prefer to render using biased or unbiased methods, Thea Render has a lot to offer – the render quality (IMHO) is excellent, and I’m sure there will be a lot more examples of great renders as the user base grows… Thea Render is a very young, yet already very mature product, and I honestly think it’s going to go from strength to strength.
And Ronen Bekerman responded:
I’ve been playing with it on and off, but recent updates really look good. I like the Interactive Render very much… Although very similar to V-Ray RT in how it looks, it is much more capable in that you can navigate it and select elements inside it…
I been exploring the material lab today and I love it very much too – the preview is very fast which is nice and helps in developing materials much more at ease.
I’m happy to hear positive reactions to Thea, which was only introduced a little over a year ago. For me personally, it took a while to initially warm up to Thea, but the more I use it the better I like it. I’m sure the new features in this release — including more SPEED — will make it even better.
There’s a great video tutorial here that goes into detail about some of the new features.