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We are very pleased to announce the availability of OctaneRender™ for Graphisoft® ArchiCAD, developed by Paul Kinnane using OctaneRender's SDK. No more switching between applications, this plugin embeds the OctaneRender™ GPU-based rendering engine directly into Graphisoft® ArchiCAD.
OctaneRender™ is currently recognized by many industry professionals and 3d graphic visualization artists as the most advanced and fastest GPU-based physically-based render engine with an advanced and flexible node-based workflow and user-interface. Now, with our new plugin products, you can have the most advanced, fastest physically-based render engine on the market tightly integrated into your 3d modeling and animation software.
This new plugin will provide a fast workflow and rendering pipeline suitable for interactive editing and fast final rendering output by using ArchiCAD's environment for scene setup. Fine-tuning all parameters for objects, materials, lights, media are done all from inside ArchiCAD.
ARCHICAD VERSION REQUIREMENTS
This release requires ArchiCAD 14, 15 or 16, 32 and 64bit, on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. The version for ArchiCAD 14 has slightly less features than the versions for ArchiCAD 15 and 16 (see Limitations below for details).
This initial release includes: - Loading of the ArchiCAD scene into the OctaneRender engine and rendering to the Viewport - Ability to change any camera, resolution, environment, imager, kernel or postprocessing setting (as per Octane Standalone) - Individual Cuda devices can be enabled/disabled - OctaneRender Viewport tracks the ArchiCAD camera position, direction and fov (view cone) - The render can be paused, continued and saved - Mouse click the Viewport to set the focus distance - When "daylight" lit, the sun direction is taken from the ArchiCAD sun position (this is the case for fly-thru and sun studies too) - The ArchiCAD PhotoRender can be set to OctaneRender, in which case PhotoRender Projections, Sun Studies and Fly-Throughs all use the currently set OctaneRender settings - All scene material are converted to OctaneRender materials according to configuration rules - Octane Materials can be saved as Defaults for a certain ArchiCAD material - Materials can be exported and imported into other materials - Materials and nodes can be copy and pasted - Progressive Save can be enabled to save the current render at certain sample periods - The LiveDB can be accessed to load an Octane material into the current material - Select an ArchiCAD element and the materials for the element can be selected from to view the Octane material for that ArchiCAD material - Rendertarget settings can be saved as a Default (or loaded from Default) - Quicklinks to setup environmental (Image-Based) lighting or sunlight lighting
A range of potential enhancements are being considered for future releases, including: - Instancing - Navigation via the OctaneRender viewport (and saving back to an ArchiCAD view) - Geometry proxies (so external OBJ files can be included in the scene) - Material Wizard - Save a rendertarget for each View - Turntable animation
COMPATIBILITY AND OCTANERENDER STANDALONE REQUIREMENT
To run OctaneRender™ for ArchiCAD, you need to have an activated OctaneRender™ Standalone copy on the machine you wish to install the plugin onto. You cannot purchase only the ArchiCAD plugin and use it without also owning an activated copy of OctaneRender™ Standalone on your machine.
DEMO VERSION AVAILABLE
A demo version will be available shortly.
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A license for the plugin product alone will cost 99 € while in the initial open beta phase, and 199 € when the final version of the plugin is released.
The plugin will require the user to have a valid OctaneRender™ Standalone version installed and activated. If you don't have an OctaneRender license yet, you can purchase both the plugin and the engine/standalone licenses as one bundle during the beta phase for 279 euros.
You can also purchase a 3, 5 or 10 pack of OctaneRender™ for Poser licenses, just like OctaneRender™ Standalone Edition packs.
Please follow the installation instructions in the manual (included in the ZIP file). There is one installer for both 32 and 64 bit versions of each of ArchiCAD 14, 15 and 16.
Once installed, run ArchiCAD and confirm the installation via Options->Add-On Manager, and check to ensure there are tick beside "OctaneRender for ArchiCAD" and "OctaneRender Renderer". If there is a red "!" symbol, then the plugin did not load, and this is most likely because you do not have up to date Nvidia drivers loaded.
Just like OctaneRender Standalone, The ArchiCAD plugin product also needs an OctaneLive license and be activated on a machine. This has to be done in the plugin interface, and is covered in the manual. It can only be done after an OctaneRender Standalone license is already activated on the machine in question.
NVIDIA DRIVER REQUIREMENTS
This version requires video driver 301.42 or higher.
It is also highly recommended that you have your Windows display adapter set to a non-Octane rendering graphics card (ie. your on-board graphics card, or a second graphics card).
- materials selection (to auto-populate the "Select from Selection" combo box on the Materials tab of the plug, does not work unless you are viewing a 3d perspective window. - Changing an element's material will not automatically select the new material in the Materials tab of the plugin. You will need to select another element, and then re-select the original element to get the "Select from Selection" combo box to populate the new material - To use the material picker (Materials Tab -> "Select from Selection") on Curtain Wall objects, put the Curtain Wall in edit mode - The ArchiCAD Perspective camera roll angle is not transposed to the Octane thinlens "up" pin. If you need to rotate the render, manually adjust the "up" vector. - Image map rotation is not current supported by OctaneRender, so any rotation of texturemaps in ArchiCAD materials is ignored in the texture conversion to Octane. - GDL materials of the same name, for different objects, are merged to be one Octane material - On ArchiCAD 14 1) selecting from the "Select from Selection" popup is disabled (ie. you cannot choose from the materials of the currently selected scene element). Instead, you will need to select materials in the plugin Materials tab via the "Select from Materials" popup. 2) When doing a photorender, sun study or flythrough, the render viewport may not display the render as it progresses. This is a GUI display issue, and the render is working as per normal
If you have any issues, please report them here, and include the following information:
- Operating System (ie. Win XP, Vista, 7, 8) - 32 or 64 bit - Amount of RAM - Graphics Card(s) - model (ie. GTX 580, 3GB) - Nvidia driver version - ArchiCAD version (ArchiCAD -> Help -> License Information -> Version and Build Number
In the unlikely event of a crash, pls provide the dump report from the C:\Users\[username]\Graphisoft\BugReporting-[version] folder (on Win 7). Either post or email (to "paul at physicalc-consulting.com") the "ArchiCAD-XXXXXX-FATAL.RPT" file from this folder.
An idea of the release date for the Mac version?
Unsure on the Mac version scheduling. There is not yet a Mac version of the Octane API available. But once it does become available - I would have thought it would take approx 4 weeks to do the conversion and get it tested.
Excellent, when can we expect the demo version for ArchiCAD
If should be available in the next 4 weeks. In the meantime, the demo version of Octane Standalone will give you a good idea how Octane will run on your hardware, and the tutorial video above shows the plugin workflow.
If you want I can test octane Render with Archicad.
I assume you mean test with ArchiCAD 17? Based on previous versions of ArchiCAD, I expect the ArchiCAD 17 API to be incompatible with the ArchiCAD 16 API, so I would not expect the ArchiCAD 16 plugin to work with ArchiCAD 17. I will need to re-compile the plugin against the ArchiCAD 17 API.