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jon2

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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2014, 06:36:17 pm »
November 03, 2014, 06:36:17 pm
Con of older versions:  In previous versions there were space size restrictions.  I believe version 4 was soon coming out then. The size restrictions were small enough to keep my company from purchasing due to the size/acreage of some of the facilities we wanted to use it for.  Which blew our minds when we found out, since much of the gallery imagery we had seen showed created landscapes with what seemed like great depth. Once in Lumion and trying to import models and build the environment around them we found the limits quickly.    There were a few people using lumion that were posting examples of large areas created in the galleries but the instructions of their workarounds just didn't seem complete enough for us to follow.  We had to let the Lumion plan go.

For the new V5...
Question 1.  Has the size requirements and limits been expanded at all?  If not, has any better workarounds been figured out for attempting to recreate... for example a 6 mile area such as a peninsula that will have models placed around that area?

Question 2.  Has importing terrain changed or expanded on at all?

Thank you for your information.

Gilson Antunes

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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2014, 06:53:41 pm »
November 03, 2014, 06:53:41 pm

Jon2.
 I'm currently working on a very large file. The terrain is imported from 3dsMax. He has 60 Km long.
Had memory problem only when overtaking 10mil trees. However it was suggested to use lots of trees in different layers. This solves the issue of memory limitation of my video card.
In the remainder Lumion 4.5.1 worked fine.
Gilson Antunes
GTX 1080Ti / GTX Titan X / Win7 / (TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4,00GHz / RAM 64Gb DDR-4 / SSD 1,5Tb

RAD

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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2014, 06:57:04 pm »
November 03, 2014, 06:57:04 pm
NODE Replacement TOOL!!!!!!!!!  YES!!!!!
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meem

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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2014, 07:10:50 pm »
November 03, 2014, 07:10:50 pm
wauo node replacment.. believe me ui was thinking about it that it would be great if we can replace some components etc.. and here lumion did it... now is the time to ask my boss :D

Re: Lumion pros and cons
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2014, 07:25:17 pm »
November 03, 2014, 07:25:17 pm
Hi jon2, thanks for your questions.

Question 1.  Has the size requirements and limits been expanded at all?  If not, has any better workarounds been figured out for attempting to recreate... for example a 6 mile area such as a peninsula that will have models placed around that area?
I assume you're talking about part of the terrain that can be edited (raised/lowered/painted).

This still encompasses an area measuring 2048x2048 meters.

There's more information in the section entitled 'Terrains in Lumion' in this post.

As is evident in Gilson's post above, most of our users tend to create their terrains in 3rd party applications.

Question 2.  Has importing terrain changed or expanded on at all?
The short answer is no.

We have previously asked our paying customers what changes they would like to see, and based on that the developers have considered a number of options. The decision that was made when planning the feature set for 5.0 was that an overhaul of the terrain functionality would require a lot of time and manpower which would leave little scope for other features.

This doesn't mean that it will never be overhauled - it was just not the right time, given the contraints that a major upgrade entails.
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gooner442

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« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2014, 01:19:08 pm »
November 17, 2014, 01:19:08 pm
Just coming back to this thread, I wanted to ask more about the graphic cards needed for Lumion.

We will soon be trying out the Lumion 4.5 for a 1 week trial but need a computer that can run it properly. I need to run 3DS Max, Revit, AutoCAD. My IT manager has looked into cards, the issue seems to be that many of the ones with the higher bench marks and within a budget of £300-600 are not Autodesk certified so he advises that they would prove problematic with packages like Revit that require precision.

Can anyone please advise on what kind of setup at my budget would handle Lumion comfortably?

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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2014, 03:10:00 pm »
November 17, 2014, 03:10:00 pm
My IT manager has looked into cards, the issue seems to be that many of the ones with the higher bench marks and within a budget of £300-600 are not Autodesk certified so he advises that they would prove problematic with packages like Revit that require precision.
Hi gooner442, a lot of our customers use GTX graphics cards, both for Revit and Lumion. I have not heard about any 'precision' issues with regard to the use of GTX cards in Revit but note that the 'precision' issue seems to be an unverified rumour that is circulating on various forums.

However, if you're in doubt, I would recommend contacting AutoDesk (and/or a local AutoDesk reseller) to get them to confirm that you can use a GTX card with no adverse effects in their applications.
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gooner442

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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2014, 05:08:32 pm »
November 17, 2014, 05:08:32 pm
Hi Morten, If I have a look at Autodesks certified graphics cards for 3ds Max or Revit all I get are Firepro's and Quadros, why are the GTX's not certified?... and if I bought one I presume I might not receive the same level of support from Autodesk should I have any problems as they'd just tell me to use one of the certified graphic cards. Though from what I've read a GTX 970 would perform tasks better than my Firepro, it's a little confusing

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« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2014, 05:30:08 pm »
November 17, 2014, 05:30:08 pm
Hi gooner442, unfortunately we can't tell you what the most sensible decision would be with regards to AutoDesk products since we do not work for AutoDesk and do not have access to this information.

For that reason, I would recommend contacting AutoDesk (and/or a local AutoDesk reseller) to get them to confirm that you can use a GTX card with no adverse effects in their applications. All I can say is that Lumion users use GTX cards with a variety of CAD applications and I have not heard about any graphical problems/glitches here on the forum, but that does not necessarily mean that there aren't any problems :)

If anyone who is reading this has noticed problems with GTX cards in Revit, AutoDesk or 3DS Max, I'd be grateful if you could comment on this topic.
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Gilson Antunes

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« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2014, 05:59:41 pm »
November 17, 2014, 05:59:41 pm
I use 3dsMax with GTX Titan, and never had any problems
Gilson Antunes
GTX 1080Ti / GTX Titan X / Win7 / (TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4,00GHz / RAM 64Gb DDR-4 / SSD 1,5Tb

gooner442

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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2014, 06:04:46 pm »
November 17, 2014, 06:04:46 pm
I've read elsewhere that the certified list is outdated, perhaps I just have a suspicious mind but it seems more than odd that only Firepros and Quadros are on that certified list.

I'll try a GTX out and see how I go.