The introduction of Lumion® in 2010 changed the concept of infrastructural and architectural visualization. Since then rapidly growing numbers of AEC industry professionals have experienced for themselves why 3D expertise is no longer needed to create compelling visualization videos alongside wonderful still images. It is little wonder that 30 of the World’s top 100 architect firms now incorporate Lumion® into their BIM workflow to produce their 3D visualizations.
Lumion®’s reputation for enabling lightning-fast, high-end 3D architectural videos and images has made it indispensable to customers in 80 countries around the world. Anyone who needs to bring a 3D model to life by visualising it, can benefit from Lumion. It’s simply in a league of its own in terms of quality, speed and ease of use and is fast becoming the visualization software package in the BIM toolbox.
Lumion® 4.5 contains all the usual learnability, quality and world-beating speed of previous versions. Further improvements and updates have been implemented so that Lumion continues to work perfectly with the major 3D modelling software packages, such as Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® InfraWorks®, Nemetschek® Allplan® and Vectorworks®, Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® and Autodesk® 3D Studio Max. Lumion® 4.5 also imports native files from Trimble®SketchUp®.
Version 4.5 of Lumion® has enough features to warrant it being a major upgrade but it will be a free upgrade for all Lumion 4 users. Version 4.5 is very much a response to the views and feedback of Lumion®’s current customers.
With the release of Lumion® 4.5, the workflow has been made even better. The new ‘Merge Scene’ function enables different people to parallel-work on the same Lumion scene, through model addition or replacement. The new ‘Load/Save Effects’ function allows easy transfer of effects from one project to another and a similar ‘Copy/Paste Effects’ function makes it simple to transfer effects between clips in a movie. The 3D model libraries now have a ‘Favourites Tab’, which is needed given that the Pro version of Lumion now comes with well over 2400 high quality models like trees, plants, people, cars, animals etc.
The already-huge, high-quality 3D model library has again been enhanced with the addition of ‘24 Animated People of Different Ethnic Backgrounds’ into the Pro version of 4.5.
Other artistic features include Better Shadows, which are now crisper and more defined than ever before, even when they are far away. Fountains can now be colored, for example to match the lighting colors. The Glossiness of objects is now more visually appealing. The Size of the Sun and Moon can be scaled to produce wonderful artistic scenes. Automated Lights feature allows automatic switching on during night-time scenes and Lit-Up Vehicle Head and Tail Lamps are also now possible.
The whole of Lumion has also been ‘Polished’ to make the user-experience even better in over 100 different ways; too many to quickly summarise.
Lumion® 4.5 is available from today through regional, authorized resellers or direct from www.lumion3d.com.
Availability, Pricing & Specifications
Lumion® costs € 1499 (ex VAT) and Lumion® Pro retails for € 2,999 (ex VAT). Lumion® can be purchased via the website or from a regional, authorized reseller: www.lumion3d.com/products/
Lumion® 4.5 is available for the 64-bit versions of Windows® Vista, Windows® 7 and Windows® 8.
About ACT-3D B.V.Founded in January 2001, Dutch development powerhouse Act-3D® B.V. creates user-friendly real-time 3D visualization software. Lumion® and Act-3D® are trademarks of Act-3D® B.V. in the Netherlands. All other brand names are trademarks of their respective owners.
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