Plant Editor for Rhino


(Scott Davidson) #1

The AccuRender Plant editor is a stand alone application that allows for the creation of fractal based plant models for Rhino.

To run the Plant Editor, download and install the current version of AccuRender Studio. After installation, go to the Windows Start Menu or the Desktop and select AccuRender Plant Editor.


It does not work.

(Scott Davidson) #3

Do you mean it does not download? Or install?


It downloads and installs, but it does not work. It displays empty window. I cannot make plants inside the window. Its help does not work either.

It seems that this is a program for AutoCAD users because it uses Accurender file format.

(Roy Hirshkowitz) #5

Nope, not (just) for AutoCAD users. The File menu should be active-- select New or Open From Cloud to get started.


I uninstalled AccuRender Studio because it was not usable. When I reinstalled it a moment ago, a different program called AccuRender Plant Editor was installed. The AccuRender Plant Editor looks like the Flamingo plant plugin, and it seems to work fine. When I upgraded the Plant Editor to the latest version, the AccuRender Studio was installed again.The AccuRender Studio help still does not work. The following screenshot is from the latest version of the AccuRender Studio.

I certainly will not use the AccuRender Plant Editor because it cannot edit the ground cover. (The ground cover is more important to me than all other plants.) The AccuRender Plant Editor cannot open Flamingo plants either.

(Roy Hirshkowitz) #7

It always installs both. There should be desktop shortcuts and start menu entries for both. Ar studio can open rhino v5 files, btw, via the Create New option.This stuff is brand new. It does not edit legacy plants. It does allow you to export plants in a variety of formats including rhino, obj, etc.


Hi Scott, is the program free or you need to buy it?



(Roy Hirshkowitz) #9

Free for now-- not sure about the long term plans.


Hi guys, is the planteditor still available? The link at the top seems dead.

And is it possible now to render NXT plants in Vray and Maxwell in the same way that Lands Design lets us render the NXT plants?


@roy1 do you have any status updates on the planteditor?


You can get the full ArStudio latest version here. The download has gotten quite a bit bigger due to the inclusion of the nVidia Optix Denoiser. It’s now on the order of 300MB. There should be an option to save the fully realized plant to various mesh formats including Rhino.


Ok, thanks. But exporting meshes into Rhino isn’t what I wish for though.
And off topic: My longtime wish has been to be able to render Flamingo plants with what ever render engine, like LandsDesign has managed too do. But then I see you’r replying with a different profile than the one which is hooked up as a McNeel developer, does that mean Accurender will not develop the successor of FlamingoNxt to Rhino?


I’ve got a few different profiles-- I wouldn’t read anything into that, except that I’ve likely forgotten which is my dev profile.

LandsDesign has, of course, been working with me. They’re using some of the new libraries to create plant meshes that work for different renderers. I’m guessing they can do some if the meshing during the render time frame, but I don’t know for sure.

(Roy Hirshkowitz) #16

Ah-- here’s my dev profile.


Ah, good :smiley:
So these new libraries, could you implement them in Flamingo too? I would imagine many architects would buy Flamingo if the plants could be rendered with the engine they found best suited for the project.

(Roy Hirshkowitz) #18

I’ll talk to the Flamingo plugin team at McNeel later this month. Just to clarify, I develop the core libraries for the product. The plugin itself is mostly written in-house at McNeel. The plants would need to be converted to general purpose “render time” objects, so the meshes aren’t generated until a rendering is requested. I don’t think it’s particularly hard to do-- the business case would need to be examined.

The LandsDesign people are also “friends and family”, we don’t want to step on their toes either…


That’s interesting, I hope you’ll find it beneficial for the majority then :slight_smile: