Recently upgraded from Flamingo NXT (3.0) to Flamingo 5.0 and am really strugling with the new renderer. None of these were issues using Flamingo 3.0. Hope someone might be able to help.
Biggest issue is that it is no longer stable or predictable. I get regular crashes when rendering high res “final” renders. Also frequently several surfaces are ignored so the model renders, but significant parts of the model are missing (like the hull, or half the cabin, or similar major issues). Saving directly before rendering (even if no model changes, just viewport) seems to make it fail less often, but sometimes the only way to make it render properly is to close rhino and restart the program. Sometimes this doesn’t seem to work either and I am forced to reduce resolution. This was never an issue with Flamingo 3.0. Render time seems similar so I am not seeing any real advantage to the upgrade.
Other issues with 5.0 include:
Material definition is confusing compared to 3.0 definition. It is harder to find the controls I am looking for.
Material bitmaps don’t always seem to be embedded in the file. I have selected the embed option in the render options, and this seems to usually work, but often I have to find the bitmaps that were part of a material definition when I open the model on a different computer. This was much easier to control in 3.0
Decals won’t display on both sides of a surface. When using decals on a surface such as a flag that is double sided, I now have to define the decal twice (once for each side) and then try to line them up. There is no longer the option in the settings to make it double sided like there was in 3.0…this isn’t a huge deal, but adds to the workload and is certainly a step backwards. Decal control in general seems like a step backwards.
For now I am going back to using Flamingo 3.0 as 5.0 seems like a real downgrade on several fronts for my models and workflow. That said, I know that moving fwd this is the future, so I would like to figure out how to make 5.0 work better for me. Any advice would be appreciated.