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The RANCH renderfarm now supports Indigo!

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:03 am
by RenderFred
the beta-test ended on June 22, 2008. The RANCH for Indigo is now in production, since June 23, 2008.

Note: most of the information in this first post is obsolete; it is left as is only for historical reasons. To gather all useful information on our rendering service for Indigo please go to
our dedicated Indigo site

Hi everyone,

I am pleased to announce that the RANCH Renderfarm has come to an agreement with Glare Technologies Limited to provide the first high performance commercial rendering service to Indigo users. We hope to offer the same level of performance, ease of use and quality of service for all the software we support, and are happy to make this first step into the Indigo community. As of now we offer a guaranteed 1224 GHz / 408 cores processing power for each Indigo project, at a very affordable price: $0.19 / ~ 0.12 € per GHz-Hour (metered) and even less with pre-paid subscriptions.

Of special importance is the fact that we are unbiased rendering specialists (most notably we offer the highest performance available today for Maxwell cooperative projects) and that we develop all our software ourselves to optimize our process to the limit of current technology.

We are now entering the beta-test phase, and we have decided to make it public: during the beta-test period, Indigo users will be able to register on the RANCH site and send projects for free! This formula has two advantages: it will help us iron out potential problems, and it will let you try the RANCH at no cost. We will simply limit the maximum render time per Indigo project to 15 minutes and the maximum resolution to 1024 pixels, in order to not penalize our paying customers. Of course these time / definition limits will be removed when the beta is over.

Click here to take a look at our dedicated Indigo site. On this page you can download our PDF Renderfarm User Guide. Most, if not all, your technical and commercial questions should find their answers in it, so I highly recommend you read it thoroughly.

Finally, if you are not yet bored ;) and want to know more about our philosophy as a company (we work quite differently from most renderfarms out there), you can read our RANCH Philosophy document.

So, if you are interested to beta-test the RANCH for Indigo and familiarize yourself with the process, register on the RANCH site and send us an e-mail afterward (on the "Contact us" page) so that we can grant you the beta-tester status for the duration of the public beta-test period. This thread will serve as a way of communication between the RANCH and the Indigo community.

Thank you for your attention, and maybe see you soon on the RANCH!


Frédéric Louguet
Chief Technology Officer
RANCH Computing
The RANCH for Indigo web site.

P.S: I also have a small gift: this IGIinfo command-line utility 1.01 will read an IGI file and display in the console the definition, the number of samples, the SPP (Samples Per Pixel) and the rendertime of the IGI. If you don't enter an IGI name as a command-line parameter, it will ask you for one.

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:11 am
by dougal2
I hope you've run this past Nick (Onosendai) before setting this up ....
Please note that while Indigo is free to use for personal commercial or non-commercial work, it may not be charged for when used on a render farm, nor can it be redistributed in any form, without a commercial license. Please see the file 'license.txt' included with the main Indigo distrubution for more details.

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:12 am
by Kram1032
O.o OMG, nice! 1,224 THz o.O

So currently (as long as beta stays) we save 58,14$ (which is ~ 37.59 €)
for res 1024*1024 or for res 1024*768 or what's meant with "1024"?

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:26 am
by CTZn
I'm wondering the same than dougal2, since the license doesn't allow your activity with Indigo... either what you may have a predecessor (and maybe a legal issue)...

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:27 am
by RenderFred
@dougal2 and CTZn

Do not worry, it's been a while since we are in contact with Nick, he will probably confirm all this himself here :wink:


1024 means 1024 pixels max width and/or high, so a 1024 x 1024 image works.


Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:29 am
by tungee
Who do you think is Glare Technologies Limited? :lol:

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:29 am
by Kosmokrator
well....i wont this farm with this pure horses......... :)

i hope Ono know about all this project ....because i think is not legal if dont.....

very interesting for big huge projects.....and i believe is the first commercial farm for indigo..... :wink:
lets see some animation now.... :)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:30 am
by CTZn
tungee wrote:Who do you think is Glare Technologies Limited? :lol:
yep that is the point, lemme guess ...

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:08 am
by dougal2
ah, so it's all cool...

good to know the service is available :)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:20 am
by OnoSendai
Hi Guys,
Yup, I've been working with Ranch Computing on this project, and I'm happy we've reached public beta stage.
This service should allow people to get some really nice, hi-res renders produced with Indigo, in a reasonable time-frame.

Glare Technologies is my company that I set up recently.

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:39 am
by Zom-B
We are very happy to see that you finally get some business done Ono!!1!

Also the service seems to be freaking powerful and really not to expensive, perfect for commercial work that has to be done in time... I'll sure subscribe!

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:41 am
by zsouthboy

Thanks for the notice. :)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:50 am
by PureSpider
Yeah I'll subscribe too... just wondering if we can just post here to be let in as a beta tester?

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:51 am
by palawat
Super cool !

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:04 am
by RenderFred
PureSpider wrote:Yeah I'll subscribe too... just wondering if we can just post here to be let in as a beta tester?
Guys, to be registered as beta-testers (as indicated in the first post):

1) Register on the RANCH web site
2) Send us an e-mail to contact < at > to tell us you want to be an Indigo beta-tester.

Then I will create your beta account and you will receive an e-mail telling you just this.