San Francisco-based 3D creation software house Luxology announced today that it will use Bonjour technology from Apple to power its upcoming modo 301 release. Luxology will ship a comprehensive upgrade to modo that includes network rendering based on Bonjour in summer 2007.
Bonjour is Apple’s standards-based networking technology that automatically connects electronic devices on a network without any user configuration. One of the most advanced 3D content creation software products available for the Mac and PC, modo combines a real-time subdivision surface modeling engine with an artist-focused set of tools including 3D painting and a tightly integrated renderer that provides fully lit previews and fast, production-quality rendering.
‘One of our key goals for modo 301 is to let our customers unleash the modo renderer across all of the Macs and PCs in a workgroup for maximum rendering power,’ says Luxology president Brad Peebler. ‘By incorporating Bonjour technology, we have not only met this goal but also done it in a manner that is incredibly easy for anyone to use.’
‘Since Apple introduced Bonjour in 2002, it has been widely adopted by a broad range of companies from major printer vendors to storage device and even personal video recorder manufacturers,’ says Ron Okamoto, Apple’s VP of worldwide developer relations. ‘We’re thrilled that Luxology will take advantage of this technology for use in modo to create instant render farms across both Macs and PCs.’
According to the press release, highlights of network rendering in modo 301 include the fact that all Macs and PCs on the network are automatically detected; up to 50 nodes are allowed under modo’s license agreement, and visual feedback is provided on which portions of an image are being rendered on the network as the image generation progresses. In addition, it can be used to compute single high-res print images or to render out entire animation sequences and architectural walk-throughts. For more info, visit www.modo3d.com