Written Tuesday 9 Jul
Heiko outdid himself with this beautifully crafted weekend house, modeled after this real world weekend house in Bus in the Czech Republic.
It's so amazingly detailed and well-lit, it makes you wonder if there is any limit to what a great artist can do given the right tools.
(Click for the full-sized image.)
Be sure to also check out the Weekend House forum post as there are many more renderings in there.
Written Friday 3 May
Indigo archviz veteran Filippo Scarso (username Pibuz) has, in the great tradition of the "simple" interiors thread, posted an amazingly detailed and realistic shot of a soon to be refurbished and extended public library in Mestre, Venice:
The Simple interiors thread is well worth watching for updates, if you don't already!
Written Wednesday 17 Apr
We have introduced some exciting new features for the upcoming Indigo 3.6 release, designed to make compositing renders into photographic environments much easier and more realistic.
The first addition is a new shadow pass render mode:
The second addition is integrated alpha rendering. When the 'foreground alpha' checkbox is ticked, then an alpha channel will be computed and saved with the render.
This allows very easy compositing of objects over background plates.
By using both these options, it becomes easy to create realistic composites such as the one below.
These new features will officially be part of the upcoming 3.6 stable release.
However you can try them out right now with the Indigo 3.6.11 beta.
You can read a bit more about the development of these features on the forum
Scene setup originally by hcpiter. Background plate and HDR are by Moofe.
Written Monday 8 Apr
A fantastic review of Indigo for Cinema C4D has been published on the Czech CG website Grafika.cz! (at http://www.grafika.cz/)
The author, Pavel Zoch, has kindly translated his conclusions into English:
"So, we are at the end, I think. We know almost everything we need to know to start playing with the renderer. If I may, here is a short conclusion, milestones, why I like the Indigo Renderer.
The first, Indigo, or for me, Cindigo, is really a very solid and universal application for both main platforms, Windows and Mac OS. Another advantage of the renderer is that the path tracing mode can use your GPU as well and it supports both main platforms, Nvidia CUDA and OpenCL, so you can use AMD GPU as well.
I like Cindigo's excellent support for instances, Indigo materials are very complex and have very complex editing options, but I would like to be a bit more user friendly. When editing these materials, especially coating and so on, I see them as a node system. The material mixing is a powerfull feature of Indigo.
I love the post rendering adjustment options, light layers, and I'm happy they implemented depth, material ID and shadow passes as well. There are only a few of them at the moment, but it's the right way how to shift the app to the new amazing level."
You can read the full review here: http://www.grafika.cz/rubriky/software/cinema-4d-a-cindigo-integrace-unb...
Written Monday 25 Mar
Continuing the amazing daily 3D scenes we reported on earlier, the ever-creative Andre Kostin (aka Kklors) is now doing weekly ones to allow for more polish, and last week's was this fantastic snowscape scene:
Be sure to check out his awesome blog here, which includes many breakdowns of his scenes: http://kokolores123.blogspot.co.uk/
We will also be doing an interview with Andre, look out for it soon!
Written Wednesday 27 Feb
We have just added support for the RGBE file format, better known simply as HDR files (from the .HDR extension).
While Indigo has always supported HDRI data, it could only load the OpenEXR format, with the RGBE format remaining a notable omission for a long time.
By popular demand we have finally added it to Indigo's feature list, and it will be available in the next beta version of Indigo Renderer and Indigo RT, version 3.6.9 (to be released soon).
.HDR file from http://www.lizardq.de
Written Friday 22 Feb
Indigo user Kklors has been creating astonishing renders using Cinema4D and Indigo.
These are some of the most creative, but also technically impressive renders we have seen with Indigo yet!
(Click on the images for full resolution images)
Written Friday 15 Feb
Indigo forum user Impulse has created a wonderfully crisp test render using the new double-sided material introduced in Indigo 3.6 (click to enlarge):
For more information on this powerful new material type (and the new coating material!) please see the Indigo 3.6 announcement thread.
Written Friday 25 Jan
Indigo user Axel Ritter recently posted this this beautiful wooden camera rendering, a perfect example of product visualisation:
Click on the image above for the full resolution image.