I'm a first year architecture student, and I need some help with rendering my models. I like modelling in Rhino a lot, but I have trouble deciding where and how to render what I make. The build in renderer in Rhino is no good to me, since I need photo-realistic results. I tried Maxwell for Sketchup, but it's very troublesome, since you have to export your models, then import, and mostly because maxwell for sketchup is so very limited.
You have to understand, that as a student, I have a very limited budget, and i'm not willing to spend more than 100$ on any piece of software. However, the full editions of vray or maxwell (which i know produce fantastic results), both cost around 900 dollars. I do use pirated software (i'm not ashamed to admit it), but some pirated software for mac is very hard to find (e.g. vray for mac).
What are some good and cheap (or available on piratebay) programs/plugins for photorealistic rendering on a mac, preferably integrated with rhino? And don't say brazil or flamingo cuz they dont come close to vray.... i have considered rendering in maya (using built-in mental ray), or in blender... my last resort would be installing windows as well and doing my renders there :/