We will update it now and then, although the major fixes or improvements will be mentioned here as usual.
Also, MAX LIVE should give you a visual notification in the F10 dialog whenever a new version becomes available for download.
We’re preparing a hot fix for the stand-alone and the 3ds Max plug-in that we plan to release in a matter of days. It will fix some of the most critical issues reported by our customers so far.
I will take advantage of this post to remind you that it is necessary to update your nVidia drivers to those we have listed in the Customer Area. Apparently, older plugins cause some CUDA crashes that are not really Arion crashes, and which are completely wiped away by those new Beta plugins provided by nVidia.
The next version of Arion will feature a brand-new, coded from scratch voxelization (warm-up) engine that saves a lot of time for your rendering jobs. The gain is even more dramatic during an animation as each frame benefits from that improvement.
It also features a new voxelization disk cache that makes the warm-up of scenes almost instantaneous as long as the geometry remains unchanged. This improvement is quite dramatic for fly-by animations, where only the camera moves, or when rendering repetitive tests where only the camera or the materials are changed.
And if that was not already fantastic in itself, the new voxelization routines render faster than before in almost every scene.
See it by yourself in the chart below:
1.6.0 vox. time
2.0.0 vox. time
1.6.0 RAM usage
2.0.0 RAM usage
1.6.0 rendertime (seconds)
2.0.0 rendertime (seconds)
Factory car model
red = slower
green = faster
blue = tie
Sibenik cathedral model copyright Marko Dabrovic
Enterrador model copyright Jose Manuel Linares
Fairy forest model copyright nVidia