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D5 Render 1.8 by Dimension 5

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Originally released at the end of May 2020, D5 Render, a new rendering program, has been updated to version 1.8. The engine combines ray tracing and rasterization techniques.

Update 1.8 adds quite a few new features, including a handy option that allows the software to automatically set the angle of the sunlight based on the position of the brightest spot on the HDRI scene map.

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Other changes include support for ambient occlusion maps in many key materials, a new post glare effect, and new camera animation controls for camera speed and Z-axis rotation.

DCC integration plugins have also been updated to support direct binding of models, materials, camera positions and V-Ray light sources.

Dimension 5 also added a new built-in dynamic particle material library that simulates fire, smoke and dust. There was also a separate announcement of 279 new 3D plant models.


D5 Render is available for Windows 10. It requires a current generation NVidia RTX GPU or a compatible GeForce GTX card (GeForce GTX 1060 or higher is recommended).

The D5 converter plugin for Max is compatible with 3ds Max 2017 and above, and it also requires V-Ray 3.6 and above. The other plugins, however, support ArchiCAD 21 and above, Blender 2.82 and above, Revit 2017 and above, Rhino 6.5+, and SketchUp 2017+.

The cost of the Pro version is $480. The software is free for personal and educational use.

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