I am writing here to introduce our new rendering plugin, Bella for Rhino.
Bella is a new physically-based spectral renderer written by Diffuse Logic (myself and Albert Martinez & Óscar Cano, the original developers of Maxwell), which aims to provide the ultimate in photorealism. I have waited until having a Rhino plugin available to mention Bella here in this forum.
We started Bella from a clean sheet, drawing on our many years of experience to design a modern node-based foundation, upon which is built a modular rendering system. Those familiar with Grasshopper will understand the power that a node-based system provides. Our Apollo solver is capable of solving some difficult lighting scenarios that have typically been infeasible for competing engines:
The Bella for Rhino plugin (supports Rhino 6 on Windows & MacOS), in its initial iteration, is seamlessly integrated with Rhino, with virtually no new concepts to learn – render settings, camera, environment, materials, etc are automatically translated. It supports rendering interactively in the viewport, to the render window via the Render command, or externally in our standalone Bella GUI or CLI (command-line interface, which also supports Linux).
Though you should find the plugin fully usable and very stable, I have called this release an open beta, because with the foundation in place, we now move to bringing Bella nodes into Rhino, followed by full integration with Grasshopper. We invite all to participate, and look forward to incorporating your valuable feedback.
Bella’s product model is very simple; there are only two offerings:
- seat license: authorizes use of any plugins, standalone GUI, and CLI.
- node license: authorizes use of the CLI only.
Licenses are floating, permanent, and support any Bella updates through a year from purchase. We elect to use a hype-free rolling development model that does not employ artificial major-version releases (see versioning notes here).
Our license enforcement is likewise deliberately customer-oriented: we use a simple text file, and do not require any validation/registration. This means no time lost to licensing issues – you should not be made to pay the inevitable price for protecting our software from unauthorized use. Please read about our general philosophy here.
When you run Bella without a license, resolution will be restricted to 720p (by area), and a small Bella watermark will appear at lower-left on the image.
For more details on Bella proper, please see our features and gallery pages, and feel free to stop by our forum with any questions or comments that you don’t prefer to post here. Bella and its plugins are available on our downloads page, the most recent builds are always available on our builds page, and various examples are available on our samples page.
To celebrate this initial release of Bella for Rhino, we are offering a 50% discount through the end of March.
So thanks for reading, and please let us know your thoughts. We have put our hearts into Bella, and hope that you will enjoy using it!
edit: Bella is now also available on food4Rhino.