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Author Topic: downloading the free version  (Read 2780 times)


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downloading the free version
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:45:22 pm »
May 09, 2013, 02:45:22 pm
I downloaded the free version for a trial.  It came corrupted.

So I have tried 3 times since but no download. (no email)


Re: downloading the free version
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 06:29:59 pm »
May 09, 2013, 06:29:59 pm
So I have tried 3 times since but no download. (no email)
Check your junk/spam folder if it is in there.

Which version got corrupted?


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Re: downloading the free version
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013, 07:40:38 pm »
May 09, 2013, 07:40:38 pm
the free version

I wanted it for a trial.

I got smart and found the download link and got it working this time.

Question.  I get a message saying the benchmark - passmark is very low. 
However in searching the passmarks for the gtx 680M I get a score of 3,000.  Not high but not low. (I am using BOXX laptop with 64 bit Windows with 16 g of ram)

Since I make my living doing architectural walkthroughs etc. the Lumion software looks good but I would like to know how well it works.

For me the free version is awkward - with very bright lights  etc.  I don't mind the watermark but I sure would like to know if it will work for me.
I was hoping to put some kind of demo together and present it as a test market kind of thing.
(Again the watermarks are not an issue.)

I don't mind upgrading the desktop but again I have to have something that works for my business.

On the other hand Showcase just isn't going to make it.


Virgil Johnson

Re: downloading the free version
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2013, 01:09:35 am »
May 10, 2013, 01:09:35 am
Hi Virgil, welcome to the Lumion community

re GTX 680M:
The benchmark is a guide, and is also scaled relative to measuring between the low end and allowing now for the very high end of GPU performance with the new Titan.

Please see LUMION 3: Minimum hardware requirements and Passmark - High End Videocards.

The GTX680M has an excellent Passmark of 4043, so should do well, but please keep in mind the complexity of scenes guide also mentioned in link above.  The amount of VRAM also influences the allowable complexity and quality of textures to work with.

It's the best mobile card out there (excl the 680MX), so most users here will be jealous  :'(.  Mobile cards excluding the 680M series have been set with performance at less than half their desktop counterpart due to power consumption restrictions etc.  The 680M brings the mobile much closer to the desktop, but you will gain the most from a desktop solution, especially if considering a Titan or 700 series as they get to market.

re lights etc:
If you are used to ray traced results from such as VRay, mentalRay etc then you will notice differences in final render results.  The Lumion advantage is in rapid building of scenes, capability to handle large scenes, simplified and direct, and rapid rendering with good to excellent quality suitable for most clients who don't require high end photo realistic quality (re slow, time consuming, costly ...  :-D ), but it gets close.

You can adjust lighting, shadow, saturation etc via the effects that can be added in to Photo Mode and Movie Mode.

We would be keen to see any demo (we like to see the watermarks  ;) ) if and when you are able to submit to the forum.
IMPORTANT: Please do not send private messages and emails to members of staff - unless we specifically ask you to send us sensitive information, for example License Keys.


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Re: downloading the free version
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 01:04:09 pm »
May 10, 2013, 01:04:09 pm
Using the laptop would be nice but not a show stopper.

Lumion works exceeding well on my desktop so in the next couple of days I get to run the software through its paces.  (grin)

You are exactly right about the market for near photorealism.  I do visual impact studies and for that I need to use a ray tracer -  partly for the realism but also for the documentation that comes with AutoCad, Revit, and Max Design (all of which which I really am expert in- (another grin)).
You don't get to just make things up in that arena.

But for architectural renderings it is a matter of not looking too real (think about old fashioned artist renderings - after all architects see themselves as artists).
And to the lay person the animations are just plain fun to watch.

Also there is the business aspect.  Produce a clear bit of communication that can be changed quickly and cheaply and you have their attention.

The young architects are brought up on BIM - part of which is visualization - and Revit is
second nature.

The perfect storm for hardware rendering.

Virgil Johnson
Virtually Real, Inc.
Stone Ridge, NY
Ocala, FL


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Re: downloading the free version
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2013, 02:23:13 pm »
May 10, 2013, 02:23:13 pm
Solved it!!!!

Missed the post the first time but the answer is in the Sunlight too bright post.

Changed NVIDIA settings and the laptop works great.

This is helpful since I bounce in and out of offices with less then great video cards on their computers.
Movies are nice but interactive media is best.  People love to play video games.  Even architects.

Selling the "squeal" works the best. (I think this is wholly an American expression and you can google it if you don't know what it means. - chuckle)