Does a decent option exist here? I’ve progressed a little with Rhino’s Cycles but I’m curious what I can achieve with something else. Most have 30 day free trials but thereafter are subscription based. Some are monthly. I’m not the biggest fan of that system but it is what it is.
Is there any decent rendering add-on that has a perpetual license?
To be honest, sometimes I think that perpetual licenses are overrated (you’ll likely want to upgrade every 4 or 5 years max anyways, so whatever that cost is divided by No. of years…). But let’s face is, subscription fees have crept up to the point where it’s at least twice as expensive, relatively, to operate a computer (on the software end that is). And in my own experience, “subscription” developers tend to eventually become more regressive than the ones who offer perpetual licenses.
V-Ray does have monthly options which would work out okay for me (I’d only render during certain months). But starting and stopping a subscription (or forgetting to do so, like I did with Sketch-up).
yep, they’ve put a lot of development in over the last 3 years or so. Epic Games acquired TM from Abvent a number of years back, so its powered by Unreal Engine, so someone at Epic has seen potential in the architectural and product visualization world and wants a slice of that pie. Yeh give it a try first, lots of tutorials and examples out there to get an idea of what you can do. Happy rendering
Twinmotion, Enscape and Lumion make good trees, shrubs, and grass. They are stand-alone renderers that can be synchronized with Rhino. Twinmotion is almost as good as Enscape and Lumion, but much less expensive. Its perpetual license costs $499. Its grass looks good, but it sometimes spills into pavements and sidewalks.