✱ Q&A: Troubleshooting Emitter Lights in Maxwell Render for Beginners

I got an email regarding troubleshooting emitter lights in SketchUp using Maxwell Render over the weekend, and I thought I'd post my answers here because it could be useful for you. Lots of people struggle with emitter lights when they're first starting out using Maxwell Render and think that the software just doesn't work when in fact you're probably just used to the brute-force techniques required by other rendering programs. I know this because that's what happened to me when I first tried using emitters in Maxwell. 

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Link: Vote for where Thea Render should go next

Over on the Thea Render forum there's a poll happening for you to have a voice in choosing the next modeler they are going to integrate with. Even if you don't currently use Thea, you might in the future and wouldn't you like it integrated into your favorite modeling app? I voted for FormZ and Bonzai3d because I want more rendering options in mine. You get 2 votes.

Thea already integrates with 3dsMax, Blender, SketchUp and Cinema4d and I know a lot of people like it. What's your experience with it? Leave a comment below.

Vote here.

✱ Should you be considering a realtime rendering program for architectural presentations?

✱ Should you be considering a realtime rendering program for architectural presentations?

I’m sure you’ve heard of "realtime rendering," but just in case you haven’t here is a quick explanation: your 3d object or scene is being rendered by the computer on the fly, allowing the person viewing it to interact with the model and look wherever they want. The most common application of it is in video games, and as far as architectural visualization is concerned, it’s what’s next. Here's my current thinking on the subject.

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Maxwell Render Plugin for Revit 2012 & 2013

Maxwell Render for Revit is out! Here’s the rundown:

  • Compatibility: Revit 2012 and 2013 (any edition)
  • Support for Revit lights, including IES
  • Support for many built-in Revit materials
  • Ability to override scene materials with MXM files
  • Maxwell Grass
  • Multilight read back: changes made to lights in Multilight can be imported back into the Revit scene
  • Easy access to the Maxwell material library and gallery from inside the Revit UI

This is a welcome addition to the designer’s workflow. I know I’ll be using this on my latest project which is starting Design Development in Revit this week.

Electric Image v9 Released

Tomas Egger and the Igors have released a new version of EIAS. I cut my teeth on this software for both rendering and animation. It was, and still is, one of the fastest rendering programs out there, and its materials handling & layering is still one of my favorites.

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Maxwell Render for formZ 7

The Technology Preview of Maxwell Render plugin formZ 7 ( is available to download now!

New features include:

  • Maxwell Fire support for real-time previewing views, lights, materials and objects
  • Possibility of storing image ‘snapshots’ of the preview as it is rendering
  • Dramatically faster export from formZ to Maxwell Scene

And more! For full details visit the Maxwell site.

I’ve been using this for a few weeks and the addition of Maxwell Fire alone is so awesome to have. Highly recommended.

If you are a current customer, you can download this plugin via your customer gateway.

formZ 7 Released

I can't tell you how great this is... you'll just have to try it out for yourself. I've been testing the entirely new version of formZ heavily for the last few months and can attest to its stability and fast workflow. Those two things make for a great architectural modeler, and I hope you'll check it out. Kudos to the AutoDesSys team for a great product!

FormZ 7 has arrived. FormZ offers a form generating environment much more powerful, dynamic, intelligent, yet easier to use than any of its previous editions. Not only can you build any form you imagine with formZ, it can also ignite discoveries of forms that you may not have thought of otherwise.

You can download the free trial here.