Hey guys, here's some preliminary information about the content/functionality in the plugin Packs:http://lumion3d.com/forum/index.php?topic=1222.0
Here are some answers to all your questions about the credit system, upgrades, Lumion Basic versus Lumion Ultimate etc.
The first plugin Pack is free for Lumion Basic customers; if you go to the Customer Area there should be 1000 credits on your account.
We obviously want to keep adding new content and functionality to the existing plugin Packs to make them worth the investment.
Since you get the first plugin Pack for free (1000 credits) as a Lumion Basic customer, it will only cost 4000 credits to upgrade (minus the cost of any plugins you already own).Example
If you get 1 plugin for free, then purchase 3 plugin Packs at 1000 credits each, and finally decide to upgrade to Lumion Ultimate, you will only have to spend 1000 more credits. And once you have Lumion Ultimate, you will no longer be required to purchase plugin Packs.
We hope to have more plugin Packs ready later. Some of the proposed Packs are as follow (this is subject to change):
- Model Pack (both models for interior and exterior scenes)
- Sound Pack (3D sounds | Add soundtrack to movies | Includes the 50 euro per client ACC license for sound in mp4)
- Animation Pack (Movie effects to trigger animations | Import options for animations | Possibly
support for advanced character animation)
I should also mention that there will be a whole range of ways to earn credits in the future, for example by helping us sell Lumion, or by providing us with models for the object library. So upgrading should be a lot more affordable if you help us out.
In addition, you will also see an expansion of the base object library in Lumion Basic/Ultimate once version 2 is released in late 2011.
EDIT: I am clearly making people more confused by speculating about the upgrade fee, so there's no point posting anything until we know for sure what Act-3D have decided.Please stay tuned for an official statement from Act-3D regarding the cost of the upgrade from Lumion Basic/Ultimate 1 to 2.
Regarding DirectX 11 hardware-level supersampling, there are currently no plans to upgrade to v11 just yet. However, as Ferry already mentioned in another post, we will probably make rendering in 3-star mode available by using 2x or 4x anti-aliasing instead of 16x, and then add a 4 star mode for 16x sub-pixel AA, so you have more options depending on how tight your deadline is.
1,000 credits will indeed stay at 150 Euro for the foreseeable future, unless the Euro crashes or we experience hyperinflation
Stay tuned for some examples of what's in the new plugin Packs.
P.S. Apologies for the slow download speeds - it's a 1gb conection but there's a lot of you downloading at the same time...