Reality/Luxrender updates and/or status(?)

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Reality/Luxrender updates and/or status(?)

Postby Bobb » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:56 pm

If you've been following the graphics (and specifically Daz3D) news you'll be aware of the price jump (skyrocket!) of NVidia cars due to coin-mining. It shows no sign of stopping and folks are getting pissed. Because this directly impacts Iray rendering in Studio, there's a lot of talk in their forums about alternative renderers. This is what has brought me back to Reality which I abandoned several years ago. I'm not going to mortgage my house for an effing overpriced video card and I'm sick and tired of buying increasingly similar Iray shader packs.

What's going on with Reality/Luxrender? There's no news of any ongoing development with things seeming to have stalled a couple of years ago. I read that Luxrender has been abandoned but there's now a fork in the works.

There's someone in the Daz3D forums who's announced that he's started work on a Studio friendly GUI to use some new open source renderer. what to throw my time into learning/relearning?

I'll stick with Reality if it's in active support and development but if not, there's still 3DL and this new thing.

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Re: Reality/Luxrender updates and/or status(?)

Postby sigstan » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:21 pm

I'll leave the Reality part for Paolo to respond to, since I have no idea what his plans are.

Development on Luxrender has been very slow for a while, but not completely stalled. Next version was planned to be a major release 1.7, but this has not yet been released and meanwhile the entire Luxrender project seems to have been completely restructured.

The existing Luxrender website is not really being maintained anymore and apparently the core developers are moving to a new site and planning a reboot of Luxrender. See

Another interesting point is, that some of the core devs have hinted that Mac version will be discontinued due to lack of developers and missing OpenCl support.

Anyway, it is hard to say what the future holds for Luxrender, since we have yet to see what the "reboot" of Luxrender will offer. That said, the current version of Luxrender is still fine for rendering, although the OpenCL modes are a bit unstable due to recent GPU driver updates (primarily OpenCL 2 related).

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Re: Reality/Luxrender updates and/or status(?)

Postby pciccone » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:33 am


I have been working on a plan for updates to Reality. At this time I can’t post anything yet, but I hope to have something that I will be able to share in the next few months.

Thank you again for your support.

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Re: Reality/Luxrender updates and/or status(?)

Postby Greymom » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:25 pm

Great to hear!

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