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RenderCity
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Artlantis
Art*lantis
 

RenderCity
RenderCity!
 

RenderCity
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Lightscape
Lightscape
 

RenderCity
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 Overview
Artlantis · RenderCity · DesignWorkshop®

A full spectrum of architectural rendering software is available to raise your architectural 3D models to the highest levels of realism, from the built-in textured shadow-casting of DesignWorkshop Professional, to the incredible realism of daylight in Radiance.

And it's an amazingly affordable proposition. There is no need to pay a lot for architectural rendering — the very highest quality of lighting simulation is literally available free at RenderCity! And a great all-round desktop solution can be found in Art*lantis for under five hudnred dollars.

The chart below graphs quality against ease-of-use for a range of rendering solutions. Higher up is better quality, and farther to the right is harder to use — perhaps the perfect rendering software would graph to the top left corner.
 
Rendering Software Comparison
 
With good ease of use and the highest levels of quality available free online at RenderCity!, with increasing price you can select particular options in terms of speed, convenience, and support, or particular features like the animation capabilities of Artlantis or the ready-to-use fixture libraries for Lightscape. Remember, every great product here is under $500 everyday (and don't get soaked by big-company rendering rip-offs!).
 

 
 Artlantis
 
Artlantis by Abvent · see the Artlantis User Gallery
Very fast, very easy, and yet very powerful cross-platform ray tracing, animation and QTVR creation system, by Abvent of Paris. Works great for advanced rendering of DesignWorkshop 3D models. Art*lantis does not provide the intense pure accuracy and sophistication of RenderCity! and Lightscape, but it is quicker to work with, more user-friendly overall, and it provides really efficient architectural animation functions. Compared to the built-in LightWorks rendering of DesignWorkshop Professional, Artlantis adds mirror reflections for dramatic rendering of glass in doors and windows, plus procedural shaders.  (For Windows 95/NT and later or Power Macintosh). $495.00.   Bundles also available.   Learn More   Demo Download   Buy Now

 
 RenderCity!
 
RenderCity! by Artifice · see the RenderCity User Gallery
Our unique web-based automatic 100% self-service rendering system, aka Radiance Online, based on Radiance from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the world's most advanced ray-tracing technology.

Easier, cheaper, and more advanced than 3D Studio Max
The Radiance rendering technology is truly unsurpassed for rendering natural daylighting, especially when both direct sunlight and soft reflected light are in a scene. With the web-based server technology of RenderCity, our computers do all the work, and you only pay for the rendering you need—if you pay at all!

Amazing Free Online Ray-Tracing!
Pricing options include an unlimited number of individual free renderings up to 768x768 resolution, pay-as-you-go for individual renderings at ultra-high resolution, and individual accounts at just $19.95 per month for unlimited use and personal login access. Dedicated Radiance servers are available starting at $695 monthly, including complete server maintenance by Artifice.

RenderCity Membership
Aimed at regular RenderCity! users from beginners to experts, the RenderCity membership includes unlimited free rendering using Radiance Online at RenderCity!, a personal account on an Artifice Radiance server with complete login, ftp, and texture customization privileges, and unlimited technical support (including consultation on setting up and using your own Radiance server, if that's where you want to go), all for just $19.95 a month.   Free Ray Tracing   Technical Background   Enroll Online

 
 Lightscape
 
Lightscape by Discreet Logic
Lightscape, also known simply as Discreet Logic "Light" is a state of the art DesignWorkshop-compatible radiosity rendering system, published by Discreet Logic of Montreal (acquired by Autodesk).

Lightscape struggles a bit with complex daylight scenes including direct sunlight, but like Radiance it is extremely accurate, and often it is more efficient than Radiance for accurately rendering interiors with many light sources. Lightscape is equally at home rendering models from DesignWorkshop Professional, AutoCAD, or 3D Studio, which helps make it a good investment for larger firms.

Although Lightscape is fairly complex to use, the price is reasonable for the amount and quality of technology in the product.  (Windows 95/NT CD-ROM).         Discontinued at CADOutpost due to Autodesk policies  

Most orders ship within 24 hours. Overnight delivery is available to US locations.   Prices are subject to change without notice.
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We welcome your suggestions for other 3D design, CAD, rendering, and digital media products you would be interested in purchasing from Artifice. Although the Artifice Catalog is focused on a carefully selected set of highly recommended interoperable products, Artifice is an authorized reseller for a wide variety of computer hardware and software products, and sales quotations are available on request to legitimate buyers.

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