It is a 3D computer graphics software released in 2000. It is a product of Illumination Research and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It uses a Path Tracing algorithm that can be optionally changed for REYES + RayTracing. This is a multi-threaded renderer that also supports distributed rendering and has a lot of features including Area light sources, Global illumination, Special camera projections, Texture, Displacement, Photon, and Environment mapping, Level of detail, and many others. The tool uses the RenderMan shading language and supports integration into 3ds Max, Katana, Maya and others. It can be downloaded for free by single users, but corporate clients can expect to pay as much as $720.
This software was created to make inspiring views of architectural and home design projects. It is available on computers with Windows and Mac OS as well as is an affordable solution with a price of around $15 a month. It makes no difficulty to learn this tool since it is intuitive and fast with a focus on usability and efficiency. It has a free trial version and allows rendering without special technical knowledge and expensive equipment. It is the only renderer that does not suffer from GPU limitations and is an unbiased renderer with physically accurate materials and lighting. The tool has an extensive range of features for 3D modeling. It is suitable for architectural, product, jewelry, and interior design rendering, while its technical specifications include features divided into several groups: interface, materials, camera, lights, outputs, performance, full-spectrum and volumetric rendering, etc. The library of material offered is quite extensive too and designers can create new materials as well since this tool is built in the Open Shading Language.
One more tool running only on Windows OS is FurryBall. This is both a biased and unbiased GPU renderer with a live progressive preview feature. It can be used as a stand-alone tool or serve as a plugin for Maya, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, etc. This tool operates very fast and was developed for purposes of CGI animated movies, VFX and feature movie rendering. The whole image can be tuned with one parameter only and a designer can use all standard Arnold materials. There are features to work on Hair, Fur, Fluids, Particles, Displacement. The tool supports unlimited output resolution, textures, lights and uses an approach of global illumination ray tracing to deliver the best results. First 20 hours of rendering are given for free, but a paid plan can cost around $110.
This is a standalone renderer that looks outstanding on this list. Being not connected with any 3D modeling tools it makes the rendering process user friendly and has a good selection of materials for designers. The software supports multiple 3D file formats and brings visual speed and agility to the entire product development process. It has advanced lighting capabilities and offers real-time rendering solutions with all the changes made visible immediately after application. Other great features are deep learning noise removal, over 700+ material presets, more than 60 high resolution HDRI environments, exclusive content like Axalta Paints, Mold-Tech Textures, Sørensen Leathers, and Poliigon Textures, etc. It is possible to try Key Shot for free while the cheapest plan costs $995 a year. 2b1af7f3a8