Thursday 22 Sep
IndigoBench: benchmark your GPUs and CPUs!
We've always enjoyed looking at benchmark results from e.g. Cinebench, since they give a good indication of how the machine will perform for rendering. Some people like fast cars, some like fast rendering engines and GPUs... with IndigoBench you can have both! Besides this, it's just fun to marvel at how powerful the latest CPUs and GPUs are :)
To this end, we developed a standalone benchmarking application which runs two tests, an interior scene by Polygon Manufaktur and a studio-style supercar scene by Oscar Johansson, to produce a total score. This can optionally be submitted to the results database using your Indigo forum account.
The official IndigoBench page can be found here: http://indigorenderer.com/indigobench
The submitted benchmark results can be found here: http://indigorenderer.com/benchmark-results
Here's a screenshot of IndigoBench running on a GeForce GTX 1070:
Thursday 7 Apr
Indigo 4 public beta release
Exciting news for fans of GPU rendering: the Indigo 4 public beta is out!
After a long development period a first beta of Indigo 4 is ready to make some amazing images at blazing speeds, using all your OpenCL devices - NVIDIA, AMD and Intel GPUs are all welcome to the rendering party :D
Please check out the awesome example scenes contributed by Arthur Liebnau and Oscar Johansson, and post what rendering speeds you get on your computer!
You can find more info including the download links, example scenes and high resolution renders in the forum thread: http://www.indigorenderer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=13927&p=134886#p...
Monday 9 Mar
From pre-viz to final construction
Indigo user Nikolaj Knudsen has shared some fantastic images of contruction projects visualised with Indigo side by side with photographs of the final result! Be sure to check them out on the Forum: http://www.indigorenderer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13461
We're really pleased to see Indigo being used like this, and many of the designed rooms look remarkably close to the pre-viz shots. The lighting and mood in particular is carried over well, and shows how useful pre-visualisation can be!
Here are a selection of images from the Forum post:
Friday 1 Aug
Introducing Indigo's pure GPU rendering
One of the worst-kept secrets in the Indigo community is the forthcoming pure GPU rendering support, and today we'd like to show you some exciting first results!
Indigo's pure GPU rendering is based on OpenCL, a vendor-neutral standard for GPU computing that notably works on AMD GPUs (which don't support CUDA), and also both Intel and AMD CPUs besides NVIDIA GPUs. This means your CPU can contribute to GPU renders, and some newer CPUs even have built-in GPUs, which are also fully exploited; for example Intel's i7 "Haswell" processors have an excellent built-in GPU that is competitive with many mid-range stand-alone GPUs.
Here is an example render of a scene by Indigo forum user cotty from a Windows PC using only two mid-range GPUs, a GeForce GTX 750 Ti and an AMD FirePro W5000, along with the usual CPU cores:
Normal Indigo CPU rendering gets about 1.8 million samples per second on this scene with a very fast overclocked Intel Core i7 4770k CPU, so we see about a 7x performance improvement in this case! Keep in mind that these are mid-range GPUs, and higher end GPUs can perform much better.
We've also tested multi-GPU rendering on Apple's new Mac Pro running Mac OS X Yosemite, which features dual AMD D700 GPUs:
Apple have been a great help in getting Indigo's GPU rendering working on Mac, and we're looking forward to posting more GPU rendering results on the Mac Pro soon.
Keep an eye out for development updates as Indigo's GPU rendering mode matures with more features and faster rendering!
Wednesday 26 Mar
Indigo 3.6 competition results
The Indigo 3.6 competition concluded with some amazing entries, and a lifetime licence for first prize winner Oscar J! Congratulations again to Oscar and the other prizewinners.
Indigo 3.6's features were to be highlighted for this competition, and they were put to especially good use for an entry featured previously on this blog which unfortunately was too late for the deadline.
Thanks to all who entered, and we look forward to seeing you all again for the next competition!
Here are the winning images:
Be sure to check out all the entries in the final entries thread!
Friday 25 Oct
3ds Max integration greatly improved and extended
IndigoMax, which integrates Indigo Renderer seamlessly into 3ds Max, has seen tremendous progress in the last weeks, with many improvements and bugfixes that make it a joy to use!
The primary developer, Jakub Jeziorski, has been doing an amazing job and we'd like to encourage all 3ds Max users in our community to try out the latest version of IndigoMax, available here.
Material previews are much faster and higher quality, interactive rendering enables a comfortable workflow for making many changes quickly without hitting render every time, and more of the powerful Indigo features are exposed directly to the user. Many important bugfixes have been made, and GPU acceleration is now fully integrated into the rendering settings.
Indigo forum user Enslaver, known in the community for his beautiful abstract renders, has made a great screenshot showing an overview of the new 3ds+Indigo environment:
Friday 3 May
Amazing library shot by Pibuz
Indigo archviz veteran Filippo Scarso (username Pibuz) has, in the great tradition of the "simple" interiors thread, posted an amazingly detailed and realistic shot of a soon to be refurbished and extended public library in Mestre, Venice:
The Simple interiors thread is well worth watching for updates, if you don't already!
Monday 25 Mar
Fantastic snowscape scene by Kklors
Continuing the amazing daily 3D scenes we reported on earlier, the ever-creative Andre Kostin (aka Kklors) is now doing weekly ones to allow for more polish, and last week's was this fantastic snowscape scene:
Be sure to check out his awesome blog here, which includes many breakdowns of his scenes: http://kokolores123.blogspot.co.uk/
We will also be doing an interview with Andre, look out for it soon!
Friday 15 Feb
Nature scene by Heiko Schmidt / Impulse
Indigo forum user Impulse has created a wonderfully crisp test render using the new double-sided material introduced in Indigo 3.6 (click to enlarge):
For more information on this powerful new material type (and the new coating material!) please see the Indigo 3.6 announcement thread.
Thursday 22 Nov
Only two days remain in Indigo sale!
For those of you still looking for cut-price, high-end rendering software: don't forget that our 25-33% off Indigo sale ends in just two days!
Until November 23rd, Indigo Renderer will be available for €445 (normally €595), Indigo RT for €99 (normally €145) and Indigo RT to Indigo Renderer upgrades for €345.
For more information about the newly released Indigo 3.4, please see our full announcement here: http://www.indigorenderer.com/threepointfour