Accelerated workflows. Live synchronizations. For Revit, SketchUp, and now, ArchiCAD.
New in Lumion 8.5
LiveSync for ArchiCAD in Lumion 8.5 includes:
With the new LiveSync for ArchiCAD, you can immediately set up a real-time visualization of your ArchiCAD model in Lumion. Change the model’s shape and you’ll see these changes instantly taking place in Lumion’s dynamic, true-to-life environments. Sync materials and camera views, and enjoy the convenience of an interactive ArchiCAD-Lumion workflow that lets you feel the space as you design.
Lumion 8.5 is a free update for Lumion 8 or 8.3 users. The LiveSync plugin for ArchiCAD is free for everyone.
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New in Lumion 8.3
Lumion 8.3 enables real-time, lifelike visualization with SketchUp and Revit. By turning on the LiveSync synchronization, it’s like you’re modeling your SketchUp or Revit designs in their real-life settings.
Livesync for Lumion 8.3
With the new LiveSync, you can immediately set up a live, real-time visualization of your SketchUp or Revit model. Change the CAD model’s shape and you’ll see these changes taking place, in real-time, in Lumion’s breathtaking, lifelike environment.
Supercharge your SketchUp model by designing it simultaneously in Lumion’s real-time, breathtaking environment. The new Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp immediately sets up a live connection between these two programs. You’ll receive immediate, high-quality feedback in Lumion as you interact with your model in SketchUp, solve design problems or present your work in the context of the real world.
LiveSync for Revit helps you get into the creative “flow” of design development and provide unique, beautiful presentations. With the improved LiveSync in Lumion 8.3, you can breathe life into the synced model by simultaneously modeling in Revit and dressing it with the textured, high-definition materials in Lumion. And you can ease the design and presentation process by syncing the same viewing angle with the LiveSync camera synchronization.
LiveSync in Lumion 8.3 now synchronizes your material assignments in SketchUp or Revit. But don’t rely on the CAD materials for amazing visual quality. You can instantly breathe life into the design by applying any of Lumion’s 1000+ high-definition materials in the Lumion editor. As you continue to develop the design, you can tweak the materials exactly to your liking and then save your material layouts for future rendering.
Rotate the view of your building in SketchUp, the point-of-view rotates in Lumion. Get that perfect viewing angle in Revit, keep the same angle in Lumion. In Lumion 8.3, LiveSync enables live point-of-view synchronization. Turn it on and immediately adopt the Revit or SketchUp camera perspective, making your work easier, faster, and more enjoyable.
When establishing the LiveSync connection, Lumion will automatically import your Revit or SketchUp model. Continue working on and modifying your project even after you turn off LiveSync, and easily save the file as an .LS8 for future rendering or development.
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The Styles Button is the power of Lumion 8 brought together. Just press it, select a style. In an instant you get a stunning image with a backbone of balanced light, depth and realism.
Visualize creativity like never before with the new Sky Light daylight simulator and the soft and fine shadow enhancements. Turn them on and watch as the foliage and grass become dramatically photorealistic. See the shadows beneath tables and shelves become subtle and soft. Notice as people, plants and buildings suddenly look like they belong where they are.
New in Lumion 8
Lumion 8 also helps you clearly communicate architectural designs with the new “hand-drawn” outline feature. Achieve a true-to-life appearance by softening the hard edges of structures and furnishings, simulate a maquette with tilt shift, and render videos in eye-opening 4K resolution.
You can also set one option next to the other and decide which one you prefer with variation control effect. Group objects together for easy scene-building, and benefit from many other enhancements like a curved mass placement function, a new measurement tool and better layer effects.
Top new features in Lumion 8
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Ready to render? If you haven’t added the Sky Light effect, then...well...no. Maybe not. Because it’s the one technology developed especially for Lumion 8 to heighten your image’s sense of environment, realism and depth.
Sky Light is an advanced, daylight simulator for softening and dispersing the scene’s environmental lighting. Used in combination with Soft Shadows and Fine Detail Shadows, it strengthens the real-life interplay of these elements. Watch as the foliage and trees become photorealistic, and discover as people, buildings and landscapes suddenly look like they belong where they are.
No more hunting around for the right effects. Gone are the days of meticulously balancing sliders. Once you dress up your 3D model with Lumion materials and objects, just click the Styles Button and select an interior or exterior style. In an instant your design becomes a beautiful render with a carefully balanced effects combination.
Render right away, or personalize the style in minutes. Create a look that’s all your own with a workflow that’s faster than ever.
Style | Night
Style | Dawn
Style | Realistic
Style | Overcast
Style | Daytime
Style | Color Sketch
Style | Watercolor
Designing and rendering realistic shadows may be one of the most difficult things you can do. Until now.
In Lumion 8, you can inject realism into your render by turning on the Soft Shadows and the Fine Detail Shadows as part of the Shadow effect. Instantly, the shadows become softer, the penumbras grow. Hundreds of fine detail shadows are enriched and a realistic sense of depth permeates the image.
You’ll feel yourself smile as you view your unbuilt design looking uncannily like the real thing.
Hyperlight is a power-booster for improved lighting quality and accuracy. With Lumion 8, you can now apply the Hyperlight effect when rendering videos. Whether for interior or exterior animations, the updated Hyperlight effect dresses your animation in a strikingly realistic mesh of environmental and artificial light. Watch as the materials and textures “pop.” See buildings, people and foliage cohere with their surroundings. And improve realism in a flash with Hyperlight for videos.
Lumion 8 makes it easy to clearly communicate the form of your design with the “hand-drawn” outline effect. Apply it together with photorealistic, sketch or artistic effects to draw a focus to your building’s general shape and form. It’s the bones of your design, rendered beautifully and easily.
Is the wood-focused flooring a good fit with the stone walls? Which will your client like more, Design A or Design B? Perhaps the home’s siding and patio are proving tricky to match. Whatever the case, the new variation control effect is an easy way to compare multiple options for materials and models. Your clients will find it convenient when balancing a range of concept options and choosing a look they can be satisfied with. As the architect, this Lumion 8 feature speeds up your workflow when researching and communicating the best design solution.
Are the colors too cold? Too dull? Overexposed? In Lumion 8, you can easily dress your model in its best light with the new color correction improvements. Tune up color temperature for a “warm” mood. Adjust the vibrancy for increased color intensity without saturation. You can even temper the sharp contrasts by making the shadows a little lighter.
A seagull has flown past at exactly the wrong moment, an animated person’s arm has mysteriously swung into the building’s facade. Through the new Time Warp effect in Lumion 8, you can implement a time offset to shift the small movements of animated people, animals and objects. Toggle time backwards. Or forwards. Your animated objects will now adjust their positions so they pose exactly in the right way, at the right time.
In Lumion 8, the layer effects feature has been improved and is now easier than ever to apply. It enables a straightforward workflow when showing selected layers in images or animations. You can also use it to demonstrate phasing by assigning subsections of your design to different layers. No matter the project, the new layer effect function is easier and faster to apply.
There’s something about a maquette that computer-generated renders can’t replace. By applying the new tilt shift effect in Lumion 8, your design becomes part of a miniature world. With a viewpoint above your model in Lumion, the tilt shift effect changes the plane of focus and blurs the foreground and background. It’s a camera effect which transforms your CAD model into a scaled-down version of the real thing.
Create an impressive first-person video and never lose sight of the most important parts of your design. As an addition to the handheld camera effect, the new “Look at fixed point” option in Lumion 8 lets you lock the camera onto a single target point.
New in Lumion 8, the two-point perspective slider allows you to move along a spectrum adjusting the degree of 2-point perspective that’s applied. . You’ll have greater control straightening structures that look like they’re leaning over, while correcting lines that seem skewed and disorientating. From many viewpoints, this effect imparts a cleaner and more geometrically accurate look, giving it a solid, realistic appearance.
Trees, plants, cars, people. Furniture, lights, decorations and more. Now, with the new grouping feature, it’s possible to bunch multiple objects together and control them all at once. Whether a table and its furnishings, a plant and its pot or a lampshade and its light element, discover ease and ultimate control as you rotate, scale and move several objects together without losing the arrangements you carefully prepared.
Landscapers rejoice! For Lumion 8, you can use the mass placement feature to instantly place numerous objects in complex shapes, including curves. With just a few clicks, plant multiple trees that follow the winding curved contours of your garden design. Quickly fill your roundabout with a buzzing fleet of cars. Hold CTRL, set the corner smoothness and you can mass place objects in any winding shape you like.
Whether confirming the distance between two pieces of furniture or checking the perimeter of a garden, the new measuring tools in Lumion 8 help you make quick measurement checks without needing to go back to your modeling software. As a workflow improvement, the on-screen measuring tools help you verify distances, ensuring the precision and scale of your model.
OpenStreetMaps is a fantastic tool for instantly placing your design in a real-life setting. In Lumion 8, it's now possible to hide and show the imported OSM buildings. This way, you can easily put your model right in the center of a big city, such as NYC, without other buildings getting in your view.
From the waterfront to the city fountain to the mansion with a swimming pool, Lumion is renowned for its realistic water. Lumion 8 raises the bar with even more water options to suit your specific context. The water itself looks more realistic than ever and there are twenty new water presets, with calmer surfaces, enhanced surface realism, transparency and rippling. Achieving beautiful water is just a click away.
In real life, the edges of any surfaces generally appear slightly rounded or worn. They are never perfectly sharp. With the new edges slider in Lumion 8, your model will take on a more natural and weathered look, one better representing the real qualities of physical homes and buildings. Impart age and realism by smoothening the edges of adjacent faces. Soften the corners of brick, concrete, wood and other materials. A simple slider movement, a more realistic building. Easy. Effective.
With 168 new materials available in Lumion 8, including 100 HD materials from Poliigon, you can instantly place your design in a setting you can “feel,” “hear” and vicariously experience. Add city sidewalks and cobblestone streets that are incredible in their realism and texture. Create stunning brutalist structures with new concrete materials, and pull your viewers into your interiors with amazingly realistic fabrics. You can even make glass that’s still dripping wet from a fresh rain or a long shower.
These materials with finely detailed texture maps are the secret ingredient for viewers to “touch” the walls, “smell” the leather of the living room couch and “hear” the sound of feet moving across the floor.
All of the materials in Lumion are of the highest quality, and they can be altered via weathering, soft edges (Pro only) and more. With the new additions, the total number of materials in Lumion 8 Pro is 1,019.
Breathe life into your designs with 734 new HD objects available in Lumion 8. Catering to interiors, exteriors, landscapes and urban centers, these new objects are purely extravagant in detail, surface shading and texture.
Highly detailed birch and maple trees, for instance, allow for realistic geolocation-based rendering, whether your project is in America, China, Europe or elsewhere. For residential scenes and cities, you can show the hustle and bustle with luxurious sports cars, an animated dog walker and animated bicyclists. When furnishing an interior, there are hundreds of new decoration and food items to instantly give your renders that “lived-in” feel.
Here’s the complete list of what’s new in the Lumion 8 Pro content library:
734 new objects are available in Lumion 8 Pro. These include:
All of the new objects are HD quality, and the new additions bring the total number of objects in the Lumion 8 Pro content library to 4,395.
*Some content only available in Lumion Pro.
Transform the “good” into “whoa” by rendering your architectural movies in stunning 4K resolution. Made for showing off your work on a 4K screen, Lumion 8’s new ultra-high resolution movie rendering capability showcases the light, shadows and details of your model at the highest level of image clarity available today. Give your projects a visual edge that just can't be replaced.
*4K movie rendering requires a graphics card with 6GB of memory.
The Lumion library is renowned for its quality and size. When importing objects, the library gets even bigger and it can sometimes take a little time to retrieve the exact object you need. With Lumion 8, you can ease your workflow by creating your own library and categorizing imported objects in an easy-to-find format. All you need is a few seconds to locate the 3D suede sofa you imported months ago or that one-of-a-kind decorative bowl that’s essential to finish your render.
In Lumion 8, new and improved save screen and dialogue boxes make it easier to organize your scene file into the correct folder. Retrieve or update your project with the confidence that your files are stored where you want them, whether locally on your computer or on a network.
|Soft and Fine Detail Shadows||•||•|
|Hand-drawn outline effect||•|
|Soften hard edges||•|
|Hyperlight for videos||•||•|
|Color correction improvements||•||•|
|Render video in 4K resolution||•||•|
|OmniLight fall-off slider||•||•|
|20 water presets||•||•|
|41 new metal||•||•|
|New HD stone and concrete||•||•|
|Wet glass material||•|
|New interior furnishings||195||595|
|New vehicles and sports cars||3||14|
|New Trees, Bushes and Plants||27||74|
|New outdoor objects, including utilities||9||26|
|New Animated 3D People||7||25|
|Create your own folder structure for imported objects||•||•|
|Improved layer effect||•||•|
|Mass placement for curved shapes||•||•|
|Measuring tools (including Grid object) in build||•|
|“Look at fixed point” feature for the handheld camera effect||•||•|
|2-Point Perspective slider||•||•|
|Save screen and dialogue improvements||•||•|
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