Nice work and thanks for the breakdown! Always interesting to see someone else's approach to a scene, and the new/different methods they use and/or come up with :)
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Most recently we’ve had a chance to learn about the newest release from Act-3D – Lumion 7. Lumion is a real-time architectural visualization software, which features a very simple and understandable interface. Unlike modern game engines, this middleware is created specifically for architects and features a pretty understandable and easy to use interface. To better understand the nature of Lumion, have a look at this trailer.
The newest version of the tool includes a lot of features, including the automatic covering of surfaces with ivy, easy weathering and aging of materials, transparency and translucency, area lights and light strips. You also get an ability to place your model on the map with OpenStreetMap. There’s also a wide variety of trees and plants (172 new items). And you can add character animations, vehicles to the final scene.
Developers also included the new material editor and improved the render engine. It does look very impressive and it’s really easy to grasp. The catch is the price. The software costs €3000. So we don’t really think this would prove useful for small independent companies. There is a free version though, so you can give it a try.