Orange County, California, February 16, 2009 - Luxion, makers of advanced rendering and lighting technology, announced the first release of KeyShot™. With a tagline “The Key to Amazing Shots”, KeyShot is an interactive raytracing and global illumination program that brakes down the complexity of creating photographic images from 3D models. KeyShot is available for immediate purchase for both PC and Mac from
KeyShot uses a physically correct and CIE verified rendering engine featuring many innovations developed by 2004 Academy Award© Winner Dr. Henrik Wann Jensen. Some of the core features of KeyShot are: CPU driven, runs on any modern PC or Mac, Unbiased Sampling Techniques that compute mathematically correct results, Scientifically Accurate Materials, Multi-Core Photon Mapping, Adaptive Material Sampling, and a Dynamic Light Core that allow users to see results at the same time as changes are being made. Combined with its ease of use KeyShot gives anybody involved with 3D data the ability to create photographic images in a matter of minutes, independent of the size of the digital model. KeyShot supports many native file formats, including SolidWorks, Rhino, SketchUp, Obj, IGES and STEP.
KeyShot is the replacement for the HyperShot software, the first interactive raytracing and global illumination program, also developed by Luxion. Featuring the same 6 button user interface, KeyShot also has a number of significant improvements over the HyperShot software such as:
• Certification for Mac OS X Snow Leopard Version 10.6
• Faster rendering speed
• Improved overall image quality
• Support for direct import of SolidWorks 2010 data
• All new importer platform including support for IGES and STEP on Mac OS X
• New high-quality HDRIs from www.hdri-locations.com and www.hdrlightstudio.com
“I'm delighted to hear that the team behind the product will be able to provide consistency and continuation for the user community,” said Al Dean, Editor-in-Chief, DEVELOP3D. “It became a core part of many users’ workflow and for many offered them competitive advantage. Being able to very quickly produce ultra photo-realistic imagery supports the decision making process. Having already looked at the first KeyShot release from Luxion, it's a new name, but it's the same team with the same great product - can't wait to see what they've got coming next."
“KeyShot is based on more than a decade of research in efficient rendering algorithms”, said Henrik Wann Jensen, Chief Scientist of Luxion. “Being able to create amazing images in realtime on any computer without specific requirements such as special graphics card is the goal of our research. We have developed several novel algorithms that take full advantage of all the cores in modern CPUs in order to deliver the ultimate rendering tool for end users.”
KeyShot is the realtime ray tracing program formerly know as HyperShot. Luxion will provide a free upgrade to all existing users of the HyperShot software. Pricing for KeyShot starts at $995, while KeyShot Pro sells for $1,995. Educational and floating license version are also available. Please contact Email Contact for further information.
For more information please visit www.keyshot.com, or send an e-mail to Email Contact.
Luxion specializes in technology advancing state-of-the-art in computer based lighting simulations. We have expert knowledge in areas related to daylighting (atmospheric scattering), light scattering by materials (BRDF and BSSRDF models), light transport algorithms such as photon mapping, and realtime rendering technology. We offer consulting and develop proprietary applications and libraries for customers in need for software capable of precisely calculating the scattering of light in complex 3D environments.
Thomas Teger, VP of Marketing
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