So we’re always trying to improve our standards. And Darthhell mentioned he’d like to upgrade his software. Right now our pictures for Aphotic Inferno hinge on his work, so that might be a good thing to invest in. However, you can’t just go and buy programs so easily anymore. Now everyone is trying to do what Photoshop does, where you have to buy a subscription! It’s monthly, yearly, etc., and it isn’t cheap… You get hella updates and stuff, but what a cost. I don’t want to pay forever! I want to buy right now and have it forever! What a consumerist attitude! It’s like cell phones, where everyone’s expected to update in a year or two, instead of just keep the thing. I have the same one since forever, cuz it’s all I need. I feel the same way about programs.
Anyway, while perusing sites to find a reasonable price for 3D Studio Max – and failing, ugh! *shakes a fist* – I found some other rendering engines. Take a look with me =)
The 25 Best 3D Rendering Software
Mental Ray, Lray – is it lray or Iray? V-ray, RenderMan (this was actually developed by Pixar! =O)
Octane Render – Okay now you’re talking my language. In the list, this is the first time either Poser or Daz Studio is mentioned as a plugin. I find that pretty funny, given how DS users talk about their program being sooooooo much better than Poser. If it were, I’d expect more programs to have an associated plugin. It doesn’t get mentioned til Poser does, so there! =P
Keyshot, Corona Renderer, Maxwell Render, Lumion, Indigo Renderer
LuxRender – I actually have a legit copy of this, but getting it to work with Poser isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Plus, I have to do the textures myself. Now I know Darthhell likes doing that, and my old friend Nova did as well. But for me, it just wasn’t worth the trouble.
Toolbag, Thea Render, POV-Ray, FluidRay RT, FurryBall, Bunkspeed, FELIX Render, NOX, Guerilla Render, Artlantis, Arion, Arnold, 3Delight, Redshift.
I dunno, still interested in Octane personally. But maybe I ought to give LuxRender another shot? Or gift it to Darthhell?