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Corona Renderer 3 for 3ds Max Released!

It’s only been a few months since the last release, but already it’s time to announce the release of Corona Renderer 3 for 3ds Max! It’s a smaller release this time, with the focus being on IR performance and reducing memory usage, adding instant GPU-based denoising mode,  randomization by Mesh Element (e.g. for different colored leaves on the same tree, or different colored planks in a single floor object), and many bug fixes.

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

Short attention span? Hate reading? Then watch the New Features video below for the quick guide to what’s new in this release!

Read more for full details on the update and the download link!

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Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD Alpha 2 released!

Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD Alpha 2 released

We are pleased to announce that Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD Alpha 2 is released!

We’ve been developing this version of Corona Renderer for a while; Alpha 1 was just for internal testing, but Alpha 2 is now ready for you to test!

Since this is an Alpha version, it is far from feature complete, and there are very likely some bugs in the software, so please keep that in mind (especially if considering using it for any commercial projects! You are welcome to do so, but be aware that there may be crashes, instability, missing features, etc.)

Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD, test renders
Some test renders from Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD

We need your testing and feedback to make Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD into everything you want it to be, and we appreciate any testing that you can do for us!

The plugin is already quite advanced and supports:

  • Interactive Rendering takes the guesswork out of setting up materials, lighting and scene composition, and removes the need for test renders.
  • The Corona VFB offers a wide range of post-processing effects without needing to use external software, with tone mapping, bloom and glare, vignetting, and more.
  • Denoising, which can reduce render times by up to 70%.
  • Corona Materials and Textures with a custom texture editor.
  • Support for native ARCHICAD geometry, lights, and materials.

Note: The current Alpha is for ARCHICAD for Windows; in the future, we may develop a version for  macOS (if you know any macOS developers, point ’em to our jobs page!)

 

HOW TO GET STARTED

If you want a quick introduction to getting started with Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD, we’ve created a tutorial for you to walk you through everything you’ll need to get up and running:

 

DOWNLOAD

If you want to get straight to the download, you will find the latest version at:

STATUS AND DOWNLOADS THREAD

Read about the first public release of Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD!
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Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D, Beta 2 Released!

Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D Beta 2 released!

We are pleased to announce that Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D Beta 2 is released!

It has taken longer than we anticipated to move from Beta 1 to Beta 2, but it has been worth the wait! That largest part of the work on Beta 2 was the implementation of the Corona Material Node Editor, which adds a whole new way of working with materials (any materials, not just Corona Materials) and will revolutionize material editing in Cinema 4D.

But that’s not all! Some quick highlights are adding the Skin and Hair materials, a scene converter, the UVW Randomizer shader, the Corona Triplanar shader, advanced Bokeh effects, support for the native Layered shader, support for Cinema 4D R20, and more.

And of course there have been a huge number of bug fixes too.

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

Life is busy! If you don’t have time to read the blog, this video will give you a quick overview of the main new features in this release!

Read full details of what’s new in Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D Beta 2!
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Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max Released!

Corona Renderer 2 released

We’re pleased to announce the release of Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max! For this version, we’ve focused on heterogeneous media; the first steps in V-Ray compatibility; around 110 new materials in the Material Library; the Corona Official Toolbar; overall reduction in memory requirements; a LOT of bug fixes; and stability & workflow improvements!

 

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

The New Features video is below for the tldr; guided tour of what’s new in this release:

Read more for full details on the update and the download link!

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Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D, Beta 1, Release Candidate 1 Released!

Corona Renderer for C4D, Beta 1, Release Candidate 1 released!

We are pleased to announce that Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D, Beta 1, is released!

If you have not been following the development through the Daily Builds, then here’s what you need to know – there have been a huge number of bug fixes, thanks to the extensive testing and feedback from you, and there have been a lot of new features and functionality implemented, such as Interactive Rendering, the Shadow CatcherDispersion, and more!

 

DOWNLOAD

If you want to get straight to the download, you will find the latest version at:

Download Beta 1 RC 1 from the Google Drive

 

WHAT’S NEW

  • Support for C4D R19 added
  • Interactive Rendering is now fully functional
  • The ShadowCatcher material has been added
  • New and improved sampler implemented (part of the 1.7 core)
  • Dispersion and Subsurface Scattering added to the Corona Material:
  • Native stacking of materials now supported
  • Corona Image Editor included in installation
  • Corona Standalone included in installation
  • Partial implementation of LightMix “bake to scene” functionality
  • Resume render now works from the Corona VFB
  • Render selected is now implemented
  • Team Render is much more stable, and should be close to fully-functional (known limitation – best used from the native Picture Viewer, and cannot use Noise Level / Adaptivity yet)

And of course there have been a great many bug fixes too. It all adds up to Beta 1 being a quantum leap ahead of the previous Alpha release!

 

WHAT’S NEXT

Please test the Release Candidate and report any bugs, which will let us ensure that everything is stable and working as intended. You can report bugs to us on our bug tracker or on the forum.

Once thorough testing and fixing of any issues is complete, we will release the final version of Beta 1.

Thanks to all our users for your patience and help with testing the daily builds!
Nik, Ales, Cestmir, and all of the Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D team

Corona Renderer 1.7 for 3ds Max Released!

With great pleasure, we announce the release of Corona Renderer 1.7 for Autodesk 3ds Max! In this release we focus on massive rendering speedups, accelerating your workflow, and making your 3D people look amazingly realistic!

 

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

The New Features video below gives you the quickest overview of what’s new in this release:

Read more for full details on the update and the download link!

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Corona Renderer 1.6 for 3ds Max Released!

We’re excited to announce the release of Corona Renderer 1.6 for Autodesk 3ds Max!

The wait was worth it, as we’re giving you some really sweet features with this version! Find out what’s new in the video and quick facts below:

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

For the tl;dr generation – get a brief look at what’s new:

Read more for full details on the update and the download link!

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Corona for C4D Alpha 6 Final released!

Corona for C4D A6 final

We’re pleased to unveil Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D Alpha 6 final! We’d like to thank all of you for testing the release candidates and helping us identify and resolve bugs with both the Windows and Mac versions.

Quick Facts

  • Port to macOS: The port has the same features as the Windows version.
  • Based on Corona 1.6 daily builds: As well as incorporating everything from 1.5 for 3ds Max, the core is based on some of the daily builds released since then.
  • Simpler UI: Making it easier to find and use Corona features.
  • Interactive LightMix: Now working in C4D!
  • Image post processing: The core features such as bloom & glare, LUTs, filmic tone mapping etc have been ported over.

The main purpose of Alpha 6 was the integration of new features from the Corona core, and this meant rewriting a large part of the Cinema 4D version. With such a big rewrite, there were quite a few bugs in the first releases of A6, so it has taken a while for us to reach this final version with those bugs resolved!

Reworking the UI was another major part of this release. We are pleased to say that is complete and there will be only small changes needed between now and the 1.0 release – this means we can start to create help articles and tutorials now that no further major changes are needed to the UI.

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Corona Renderer 1.5 released!

Corona 1.5 released!

We’re pleased to unveil Corona Renderer 1.5 for Autodesk 3ds Max! This is the second update to Corona this year, and it focuses on significantly reducing the need for post-production software, increasing compatibility with materials from third party software, and of course increased stability and workflow improvements. This release was originally planned to be a small one, but it grew to be quite a game-changer!

Quick Facts

  • Interactive LightMix is unique to Corona Renderer and lets you adjust intensity and color of your lights and light emitting materials during and after render – perfect for anything from subtle adjustments through to turning day into night.
  • Corona Materials have been updated to match evolving industry standards. This means they will work more like you expect if you are familiar with working in other engines, and gives increased compatibility when importing materials from third party software such as Allegorithmic’s Substance tools, Quixel’s Megascans, etc. Existing scenes will load with the new PBR mode disabled, and with Legacy mode enabled if necessary, to ensure they render without any changes to the materials. Also, textured Corona materials can now be previewed directly in the 3ds Max viewport.
  • VFB features such as bloom, glare, filmic tone mapping, vignette, and saturation give you much more creative control over the end result, reducing your need to rely on post-production software.
  • LUTs have been added to the VFB so that you can load .cube and .3dl LUT files to apply to your renders. The CoronaOutput map now also supports LUT processing, which can be used to apply LUTs to a bitmap or procedural map for use in your materials.
  • Corona Distance Map lets you create “smart” materials that know how far away they are from objects in the scene. Use this to add waves around a coastline, wear-and-tear where objects meet, dirt and noise under window sills, and more.
  • Corona Renderer 1.5 is freely available to all our customers on FairSaaS (monthly, yearly), Box with Subscription and Educational/Student license.
  • Supports Autodesk 3ds Max versions 2012-2017.

Read more for full details on the update and download link!
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Corona Benchmark for OS X released

Corona Mac Benchmark

We’re pleased to launch the Corona Benchmark application for OS X!

This represents an important milestone for us. What you see here is a fully working version of Corona, using the same technology and rendering core as the Windows platform. The only difference at the moment is that it has no hooks into an external modeling program.

We’d ask you all to run the benchmark as the more people that try it, the more it will help this proof-of-concept and identify if there are any remaining issues with the conversion. Do please post your results (it’s an easy one click from within the benchmark to send them) and those results will post to the same table as the Windows results but will be marked in the listing as “OS X” (no flame wars, please! ;))

It took a lot of work to convert Corona across to OS X – 4 months of dedicated work by a single developer focused on the task – but we did it!

Coming Next….

As always when we release something new, we’re not taking any time to pause. Instead, we will be pressing on with our other plans, including a Linux version which should be simpler to complete now that the OS X version is done and could see a release later this year; a standalone version of Corona on the OS X; and of course the OS X version of Corona for Cinema4D. We’ll keep you updated!