After playing around, and I mean playing around, with Thea, I found it to be a good rendering app…I really like the quality of output. I’m not so much a big fan of the interface though I’m just not that used to it. I never was a fan of Arion4Rhino’s interface either and hardly ever used it there. I love the standalone though.
I think I will wait until the Standalone has been released before I put any more attention on Thea. I did like the render but there was one feature which is essential to my work which was missing. I do 3D logo, design and product illustration. For my work I have to precisely dial in my reflection maps. I need to be able to interactively rotate up and down to find that perfect sweet spot where the surface/product comes to life. Numerical rotation is insufficient interactive control to do this without constant trial and error. I hope it gets added soon.
For me, GPU rendering is all about creative interactivity. Numerical typing is not that.