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mfjabaricc

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Lumion for wedding design?
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:17:15 am »
September 24, 2013, 05:17:15 am
Hello,

Would it possible to import ones own furniture and decorations into Lumion?

We (a wedding design school), would like students to use software to design wedding décor mockups. I noticed that the software can be used for interior and exterior renderings – would students be able to import their own floral and event designs too? Chairs, tables, centerpieces, pedestals, backdrops etc?

If so, would students be able to design the decorations within the program, or would they need to import them from another program? 

We’re currently researching how we can make best use of this kind of software, so any insight would be gratefully appreciated!

Thank you!

Re: Lumion for wedding design?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2013, 06:44:11 am »
September 24, 2013, 06:44:11 am
Hi mfjabaricc

Thanks for your interest in Lumion.

Would it possible to import ones own furniture and decorations into Lumion?

We (a wedding design school), would like students to use software to design wedding décor mockups. I noticed that the software can be used for interior and exterior renderings – would students be able to import their own floral and event designs too? Chairs, tables, centerpieces, pedestals, backdrops etc?

Yes.  This is one of the main concepts of Lumion.  Modelling is done in preferred 3D application of choice, then imported into Lumion to do the final visualization.

It supports a wide range of the standard most used file formats for 3D that are exported from programs like SketchUp, Max, CAD, Cinema4D etc.

If so, would students be able to design the decorations within the program, or would they need to import them from another program?

Lumion does not provide any modelling features at all, all done in other programs.


You can obtain a free version from the Lumion web site, and if a recognised educational organisation there are educational versions available.  Contact your local reseller if required.

mfjabaricc

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Re: Lumion for wedding design?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2013, 01:12:14 pm »
September 24, 2013, 01:12:14 pm
Thank you for your very helpful response!

We are accredited, but there's no reseller in our country so I'll contact you directly for the educational version.

Re: Lumion for wedding design?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2013, 01:40:18 pm »
September 24, 2013, 01:40:18 pm
Great, just e-mail: info [at] act-3d.com or complete the form on this page: http://lumion3d.com/order-educational/

mfjabaricc

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Re: Lumion for wedding design?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 01:07:58 pm »
September 27, 2013, 01:07:58 pm
We emailed as you mentioned and rather than your standard, bland “we regret that you are ineligible ” letter; we received a response that appeared to reprimand us for even asking.

In contrary to the staff member above, the person who wrote the email (whose name I will not mention) questioned why we would need the software as a wedding design school, and seemed angered that a “for profit” institution would request the license.

We understand that the software was intended to be used as “architectural visualization tool for architects, urban planners and designers” (as the strident response makes clear); but we came into the forum prior to emailing to see if the software could be used for our purposes, so I'm not sure why the response was so forceful.

In fact, we only emailed for an educational license because of the suggestion above.

Similarly, we respect the policy that the educational licences are for not-for-profit institutions only. However, the staff member above simply said “recognized” institutions are eligible, and as I mentioned in my response a few days ago: we are accredited (which is why we emailed).

As is often the case – it's not so much what is said – it's how it said – and the tone of the response -   strident, cynical and rebuking – was unnecessary.

Re: Lumion for wedding design?
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2013, 12:51:39 am »
September 28, 2013, 12:51:39 am
Hi mfjabaricc

Please accept my apologies.

There is a language translation element that I also notice in comms from time to time  :-\, so please, this is not intended.

Can you email me, peterm [at] act-3d.com, copy of the communications from you and the reply and I will forward your concerns to relevant staff in the organisation.


BMcIsaac

Re: Lumion for wedding design?
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2013, 08:52:30 pm »
September 28, 2013, 08:52:30 pm
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questioned why we would need the software as a wedding design school, and seemed angered that a “for profit” institution would request the license.

Not acceptable behavior but as Peter said it is the translation I am sure.  I have been kicking around here for a long time and I have yet to meet anyone of the Lumion staff that would appear to be this rude.

Your best bet for modeling would be Sketchup by Trimble. Some of the soft items you describe..i.e. cloth materials, flowers, soft covered chairs will need some special skills but they can be learned and the Ruby tools such as Artisan (subdivide and smooth) make it possible.

I think it is a great idea and although your introduction has been a little rocky Lumion is a fantastic choice. In terms of learning curve and just plain raw production there is nothing even close......Good luck with your students....and WELCOME!!

mfjabaricc

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Re: Lumion for wedding design?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2013, 09:07:04 pm »
September 28, 2013, 09:07:04 pm
yes - i didn't realize that there was translation involved. that's definitely the issue… as well as us trying to use the software in a way that's a little different.

I emailed peter privately last night.

thanks for the tips, hopefully we can make it work - it looks like an incredible resource.