The long running thread called OctaneRener or V-Ray is an interesting and informative thread - well worth scrolling through.
In this thread I’d like to solicit the opinions of anyone who uses other programs - Keyshot, Thea, Maxwell, Brazil or any others. I lost a weekend of billable hours when I installed V-Ray SketchUp 2.0 due to dongle problems and now I’m facing another weekend without work after installing V-Ray Rhino (note to self: do not do anything with V-Ray’s dongle on a Friday!) so I need to start thinking about a back up program. Obviously something that’s not tied to a USB stick.
Price is an issue of course as I’ve already spent a lot on the two V-Ray licenses.
So, in general:
Are there any Keyshot users here? Can it handle interiors? I remember when it started it seemed more suited to product rendering. It’s real expensive, is it worth it?
Thea users? The price is right, is the quality?
Maxwell - is it as time consuming as it’s reputation suggests? My work doesn’t justify hours and hours of render time for one image.
Brazil - the advantage of course is that Brazil is part of McNeel’s line up but it’s also a bit pricey. I see that it’s a recent product, is it ready for showtime?
Thanks in advance for any input you got