Thea Render - Press Releases
Thea for Cinema4D
Iris Technologies developer of Thea Render is
proud to announce the availability of our new integrated plugin for the
Maxon® Cinema4D® modeling tool. Thea for Cinema4D is the perfect
companion for Cinema4D users who want the highest quality photorealistic
rendering inside their modeling application.
Our plugin offers a list of advanced tools while being actively developed to meet the most demanding visualization requirements.
Thea for Cinema4D integrated plugin offers the extensive line-up of Thea Render features including:
NVidia® Cuda® accelerated GPU rendering
Powerful Material Lab
Exporter to Thea Studio for further staging and material/lighting tweaks
Superior Image Quality
In every work involving visualization, the
natural way of lighting and physically correct materials play
the most important role. Thea Render light simulation and our unique
material system ensure that all your images will take advantage of
these essential qualities. No matter whether you render a simple
interior design or a detailed product presentation with complex
materials the image will tell a whole story for itself. You can focus
on your artistic expression while Thea will take care of the final result.
Thea Render Edition 1.3
In the last months, we have made a series of advances (followed with
related tech announcements) which we are happy now to make them
available in our new milestone edition v1.3! The new edition, codename
"Presto Square", brings Thea Render one step closer to perfection. We
have enjoyed working on it very much and we are really proud of the
You can find information for the new edition in the corresponding edition 1.3 webpage or visit our new micro-site for Thea Presto.
A list of the major new features, among various other improvements and
bug fixes can be seen at the end of this release announcement.
To celebrate our new edition, we are launching a promotional offer for
new users that can get the new version with up to 40% discount. More
info can be found in our news web page. Even more, anyone that will buy a Thea Render commercial license, either standalone or within a bundle, will be
automatically enter our edition 1.3 prize draw: one iPad Air ($729) and a
Wacom Pro Tablet ($499) for the lucky winners.
Major New Features in Edition 1.3
Presto is now running on both GPU and CPU
simultaneously, harvesting all your computer raw power. For coding
Presto on the CPU, we didn't want just a "port" of the code from Nvidia
CUDA architecture to x86/CPU architecture. We wanted to squeeze the CPUs
to the max and see a real performance comparison between GPUs and CPUs.
For this, we decided to adapt Intel's Embree library. What does this
mean? with every GPU and CPU core running Presto, it means fast, very
fast, rendering. And this fast rendering is coupled with Thea's
material/light system. All in all, pure quality in the shortest render
New Physical Sky
The new Improved Physical Sky is much
more accurate for spectral rendering and yields much better results in
higher values of turbidity (which are usually wanted to give special
mood to a render). The parameters for the new physical sky model are
basically the same with similar influence on the image but more accurate
response and are available for all render engines.
Instancing Support for Presto
Presto has now full
instancing support. After various small and big memory improvements,
millions of instanced polygons can now be rendered without a problem.
Presto can now handle all the geometric complexity you want.
In nature, a usual observation for very
smooth objects is that their reflections vary from blurred to sharp
gradually, as the viewing angle goes from normal to shallow. We are very
proud to introduce the idea of Micro Roughness, as a means to control
this phenomenon. With Micro Roughness we have control over two
parameters corresponding to the micro structure of the surface, the
average width and height of the micro anomalies on the surface (measured
in micro meters).
Sampling Improvements for Presto
Presto is now quite more
sophisticated in terms of algorithmic design. With the addition of
various sampling improvements, such as for scenes with area lights,
image-based lighting, subsurface scattering, scenes in the presence of
many light sources and antialiasing filtering, Presto converges much
faster and this takes place without losing its interactivity.
You can now cut and render the geometry beyond a near and far distance and have a look inside objects and constructions!
SSS and Volumetrics for Presto
only subsurface scattering and volumetrics are supported by Presto but
they are also delivered fast, truly realistic, without any
We have added a mechanism to check for
available updates (content or application), right from inside Thea
Studio, so as to stay always up-to-date.
Thea Render v1.1 Now Available!
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 05:53
it has been a while since our last revision, but we took the summer to enhance Thea Render as much as possible. And now, we are coming out with our next edition v1.1, codename "Chameleon", another great milestone accomplished!
The new edition has two very important additions. The first is a performance improvement, up to x2, which makes Thea faster than ever (tech announcement here) while the second is the very important integration with Motiva Colimo (tech announcement here) that makes possible to generate "infinite" variations from a single render!
But it is not only the additions above. There are some cool features in Thea that improve the workflow a lot. Like the History panel, which based on the feedback so far, it is of those features that once you have used it, you simply cannot go back! Please take a look at our v1.1 Demoreel (watch on youtube, watch on facebook) that shows all the new things in fast forward.
You can find the download links to our newest Thea v1.1 in our webpage. You can also download the newest Colimo v1.2 from our webpage and explore the new "repaint" feature. Don't forget to watch our video tutorials, particularly the new ones, showing the changes introduced in v1.1 (watch on youtube, watch on facebook) and the integration with Colimo (watch on youtube, watch on facebook).
Even more, we have set a special promotional offer for Colimo application, that you can buy now in the special price of 99 euros (nominal price at 139 euros; vat not included and will be applied for EU private customers). This offer is a limited one for a period of 2 weeks (until Monday 10 October) and only available for Thea licensed users or users purchasing Colimo along with Thea Render.
I hope that you will enjoy the new revision as much we enjoyed creating it! The warm spirit of the community and the people contributing makes the process both challenge and fun!
Release shift for March 1st!
Saturday, 19 February 2011 16:45
Due to the high interest for Thea Render, we decided to shift our release date for 1st of March. This also gives us the necessary time for the next release candidate with some substancial improvements! It is also the last week that users can try Thea Render and purchase with our beta promotional prices.
Release on February 21st!
Thursday, 03 February 2011 10:59
Thea Render is a new renderer with multiple render modes (unbiased and biased), interactive render, a unique material system, advanced studio and many other features that we are researching and creating with a lot of love for 3 years now. Starting from the previous year, the renderer is going under an open beta testing phase and it has been available from our website along with exporter plugins (for 3dsMax, Blender, Cinema4D, Rhino, SketchUp, SoftImage and the upcoming for Modo).
If you would like to see a collection of images rendered using Thea, you can check out our fresh 2011 Showreel on Youtube or ShowReel on Facebook, where you are very welcomed to join us.
We have finally a release date to announce! We feel that we have finished a first cycle of our development and besides ironing out the application, there were quite a lot of tech advances. We believe that Thea has already reached a high level of quality/stability and so, our release date is set for 21st of February! This is also when we will end our promotional discounted prices on Thea and associated plugins.
A release date means also a lot to us. It is a new "starting point" to go even further, making Thea standing out of competition. We are very excited to see what the future brings and we would like to insist that Thea star will only be rising.
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