February 20, 2006
Rendering for Realism
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to AECWeekly! Artlantis R is known (at least to those who have created it) as the “one click Radiosity” software that offers architects and designers a complete, efficient and high quality tool to make excellent photorealistic, high quality renderings quickly. Read about it in this week's Industry News.

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Industry News

Rendering for Realism

by Susan Smith

Artlantis has come up with a new rendering program called Artlantis R. The product has been out since November 2005, and is featured at the Imagina conference taking place in Monaco this month.

Artlantis R, is known (at least to those who have created it) as the “one click Radiosity” software that offers architects and designers a complete, efficient and high quality tool to make excellent photorealistic, high quality renderings quickly. Designed for architects and designers, it has a very user friendly interface, high computing speed, and intuitive objects manager, FastRadiosity engine and exchange technology.

It complements existing major CAD programs, and in fact, some users have said that it is a perfect complement to @Last Software's SketchUp program. Others have said that they use it in conjunction with PhotoShop, Piranesi and VectorWorks via the plug-ins. Using lighting effects, realistic materials and 3D objects, you can add realism to any project or presentation.

According to Jorge Barrerro, illustrator and architect, JBDigital Studio, “The ability to add and manipulate objects in Artlantis R is extremely useful when laying out a composition. I no longer have to go back to the modeling application for last minutes changes. The vast available library of shaders and objects provide many options for my illustrations, and the simple drag and drop operation is terrific.”

Various shaders come with the product on CD-ROM, including

- Construction Materials CD-ROM which provides 250 high resolution, seamless tileable shaders which can be applied to your 3D-models. These shaders, which include the bump maps for the depth of the material, can easily be used for architectural renderings.

These shaders are created from Dosch Design Textures

The following thematics are included: roof, facades, tiles, exposed concrete, plaster, wallpaper structures, floors, soldier courses for masonry, metal structures

- Floor Pro contains 140 detailed floor shaders for professional visualization of large floor areas. Provided are realistic depictions of wood, parquet, laminate, marble- and granite floors, as well as natural stone, cobblestone, weathered and aged floor materials, and brick - the latter can also be used vertically for large brick-wall areas. These shaders are created from Dosch Design Textures.

- Ground Pro CD-ROM provides a variety (126 detailed depictions, 30 billboards and 35 textures) of ground styles & materials like street surface, grass, dirt and industrial surfaces which can be applied to 3D-models. These high resolution textures can be used for architectural and landscaping renderings. These shaders are created from Dosch Design Textures

- Wood Pro CD-ROM provides a variety of wood styles (grains, colors, patterns) which can be applied to any 3D-model. These 200 textures can be used for a rustic oak door, a contemporary style teak-table, an elegant mahogany picture frame, various patterned inlay floors ... or close-ups of other wooden objects. These shaders are created from Dosch Design Textures.

3D object libraries include CD-ROMs for each of the following: Dosch Design Furniture, Dosch Design Utility Vehicles, Exterior 3D plants1 and 2, Business 3D models, and Casual 3D models 1-4.

Artlantis R is a part of a whole family of Artlantis products, which include Artlantis Classic, for those who concern themselves with more spatial arrangements like landscape design, exhibit display, etc. Artlantis Studio will be released in June - which will encompass the power, speed and functionality of Artlantis R but with the added feature of animation, VR panoramas, and QuickTime VR object.

Artlantis R is priced at $595.


ALT Software, a global provider of graphics drivers and other solutions for embedded systems, has partnered with Hybrid Graphics, a major supplier of embedded graphics software. ALT and Hybrid have products that employ similar 2D and 3D graphics enabling technologies.


Cyon Research Corporation, a provider of consulting and research to engineering technology markets, announced that the keynote for COFES 2006: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software will be software visionary Alan Cooper.

Known as a leading authority on customer experience and interactive design, the Father of Visual Basic, and inventor of personas as a design tool, Alan Cooper is the author of the best-selling books About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum.

AEC CADCON, Inc, a provider of enterprise-wide engineering solutions and systems integration to the AEC marketplace, will present free Weekly Webinars for architects and engineers every Friday. To register, please go to the

Computer Guidance Corporation (CGC) enters its 25th year in business as a trusted and proven solutions provider to the construction industry. Since 1981, Computer Guidance has supported the largest construction firms with innovative software that enhances their bottom line. Leveraging leading-edge technology and development, Construction Management System (eCMS(R)) now provides one of the most comprehensive integrated financial application suites in the market today. This browser-based accounting and project management solution delivers precise information that provides organizations with complete real-time visibility and control across the organization.

Autodesk Inc. announced its Autodesk European Location Services Developer Program. This location-based services (LBS) program provides European developers with the resources and support needed to rapidly bring LBS applications and services to market. The LBS market is estimated to reach $200 million EUR by 2007, according to Frost and Sullivan, and wireless carriers around the world are location-enabling their networks to facilitate worldwide demand for LBS services such as social networking, gaming, personal navigation and directions.


The Software Council of Southern California has named Epicor Software Corporation, a provider of integrated enterprise software solutions for midmarket companies, as a finalist for "Company of the Year" in its 2006 Software Industry Awards.


CH2M HILL, an employee-owned global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm headquartered in Englewood, Colo., announced that Lee A. McIntire has jointed the firm as President and Chief Operating Officer. McIntire brings CH2M HILL more than 30 years of professional experience in engineering and construction, including 15 years with the Bechtel Group, Inc.

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