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thoughts of upcoming stuff

Even if i dont do any updates here on the blog i didnt gave up on this project. Mostly i’m waiting for the new Fusion7 release.

I’m a little afraid of this one, because Eyeon is building a completly new internal 3D system. which, i think, will break compatibililty with older plugins. this would lead into rebuilding everything from the start.

but i have to see what happens when Fusion7 arives.


on the other side i thinking about changing the code to become a PRMan (=Pixar Renderman) bridge.

Pixar announced that the upcoming release of PRMan will be free for non-commercial work and a single licences will be only around 500USD.


lets see what comes in the next couple of month

a new version release

this is mainly a bugfix release, no fancy new stuff in here

• Fixed a major Bug with concatination of transformations
• Improved formating when exporting RIB
• Included „ROE_PartioLoader“, which lets you render Partio particle caches as Renderman procedural
via Partio43delight from Michal Fratczak
• Other small fixes and improvements


only 64bit version from now on




Because Michal Fratczak build some time ago a procedural primitive to load and render particle caches with 3delight i started to play around with it and got it implemented in my plugin.

but because its no fun to work with something you cant see, i started to code a node which reads the particle cache and displays the particles in the OpenGl viewport. this is now in a very early stage but it does basicly what it should.


(this shows the viewport particles and a render from fusions internal OpenGl render, therefor the Replicate3d node)

the rendering via the 3delight procedural is really fast and looks like this:


maybe next time i got it more stable and with some more options, so you can play around with it

something for the holidays

here is the new release! so you can play with it over the coming holidays.


because this is a big step in the development i guess it will have some major bugs or flaws. I changed a lot of stuff to work with the latest version of 3delight. 3Delight V11 added a new path tracer to the raytracing engine and this is a highly optimized raytracer. this means it will greatly improve the speed in raytracing.

go to and grab the latest release version (the free one will now use 4 render threads). if you already had 3delight 10 installed please check if you enviroment variables point to the correct folder for 3delight11.

after that delete all old stuff from my plugin and now you can install the new release. if you need you old comp setups with my plugin, you must keep it somewhere around.

the new version will break backwards compatibilty and older comps are not renderable anymore!!!

this release brings a new “advanced material” to you. this material can replicate most of the materials you see in real life, it replaces the former roe.cooktorrance material.



• Changed a lot of code to work with the new 3delight V11 release
• removed the former RoE.cooktorrance shader and replaced it with a new „Advanced material“
• new material is a „uber shader“ which can replicate most of the real world materials
• new material has seperate sample settings for the raytracing elements (reflection, refraction, GI)
• global sample setting still be used by all other stuff (lights, shadows, …)
• raytracing is now default render option
• fixed a lot of bugs (export to RIB now correct, removed wrong arguments from shaders, …)
• removed now unused settings from Render3d node
• complete new method for GI/Colorbleeding

more progress

you can see here another test render with the new “advanced material” shader, it has a newly written code for ColorBleeding, new self illuminated effects (incandescence), a texture input for reflection roughness and many other features.
i hope i can make a new release before christmas holidays

more expected results

i’m coming along with the new material, trying right now to get SSS working. so far the material has diffuse, reflections, refractions with absortion and a coating layer.

to show how flexible the new material is here now an image:


some unexpected result

while i was playing around with a new material shader, which utilizes the new features of 3delight11, i got some suprising result




as i turned on my GI solution i got mesh lights and something that looks like subsurface scattering.

i know the code that i’m using for the new shader has options for both of it, but i didnt use this features right now. looks like there are nice things to come