LightTools 5.3 High-Speed Photorealistic Rendering Engine
Jun 2006Synopsys Inc., Optical Solutions GroupRequest Info
For Illumination System DesignPASADENA, Calif., June 9, 2006 -- A high-speed photorealistic rendering engine is a standard part of
LightTools Version 5.3 software from Optical Research Associates (ORA).
This enables a designer to generate high-quality images of LightTools
models that appear to be digital photographs. Users can apply surface
finishes from an extensive built-in library and set backgrounds.
key aspect of the LightTools photorealistic renderer is its ability to
include lit appearance -- that is, to show the luminance effects of
light sources contained within the model itself. These photorealistic
views can be produced in any aspect ratio, with resolution limited only
by system memory, and saved in standard graphics file formats,
including PNG, BMP, JPG and TIFF, as well as high dynamic-range formats
such as HDR and OpenEXR.
Version 5.3 also allows a user to create extremely complex
three-dimensional objects through a "skinned solids" feature that
enables a user to build an object simply by specifying its transverse
cross-sections -- available in various shapes -- at two or more points.
The software then automatically constructs the longitudinal structure
between these shapes. A user can also specify the longitudinal surface
profile to be straight lines, cubic splines or even Bezier curves. The
precise shape of the skinned solids can then be adjusted automatically
using the LightTools optimizer.
The speed at which LightTools
performs complex photometric analyses and system optimization has been
improved with the addition of multi-CPU support, available to all users
in this release as a beta feature. Specifically, LightTools can now
make full use of hardware configurations involving multiple CPUs, or
single CPUs with hyperthreading or dual core architecture. The
LightTools multi-CPU capability supports up to eight processors in a
single PC and is available at no extra cost.
For more information, visit: www.opticalres.com; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3280 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (626) 795-9101