KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Fletch » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:37 pm

Kerkythea Rendering System 2008 Echo Edition has now been released!

It has been a long year of waiting, but Kerkythea, the latest version of the incredibly simple, powerful, and amazingly flexible render system, powered by Thea Render Engine v2.0, is now available at the Kerkythea website.

Kerkythea 2008 Echo is a full staging application for rendering your models. And now it’s available for ALL MAJOR PLATFORMS… PC, Linux, and MacOSx! It accepts .3ds or .obj models, as well as having powerfully developed free exporters for SketchUp, Blender, and 3dsMax/GMax.

The power of Kerkythea lies in it’s simplicity… you may set up your lights and materials once, but you may experiment with more than 6 different rendering ‘methods’ including Photon Map and Final Gathering (biased method similar to “Radiosity”) or ranging up to Metropolis Light Transport (unbiased). With even more render modes easily accessible from the one-click preset list. You may setup your materials, lights, environment once but experiment with various different render modes.

Introducing the Kerkythea Instancing Brush, Adding the "Echo" to Kerkythea.

It features instancing by loading the “Brush” with any model or group of models and painting (scattering) instances of that onto any model “canvas” object you choose. Or, you can choose auto-population of the canvas determined by grid, or driven by image mask!


Additional Unbiased Render Method

Now featuring MLT(BiPT) Metropolis Light Transport on top of Bidirectional Path Tracing to handle the most demanding indirect lighting scenes.

Robust and Completely Re-Vamped Material Editor


Now featuring nk/ior measured data support, synthesis layer, procedural ramps, improved materials and the new plugin SDK for user developed customized objects.

Also featuring:
-15-25% render speed increase
-Multithreading support for all render methods
-Network rendering to unlimited machines/threads/cross-platform
-Instancing and grouping of Lights or Models
-Sun/Sky Portals,
-Supersampling
-Physical Camera definition enhancements
-Parallel View Rendering for plans/elevations, etc.
-IES Light implementation
-Render Passes: Specular, Light, Diffuse, and Diffuse Texture
-Improved depth map rendering
-Alpha channel auto-recognition for .png and .tif files
-Drop and align commands
-and much more…

Kerkythea now supports a zipped xml version (kzx extension) for saving files which, combined with instancing, can result in file sizes 5% to 10% the size of previous versions’ saved .xml scenes.

The new multi-platform plugin SDK implementation allows users to write their own plugins including new procedural textures, materials, and lights.

These are available for download from Kerkythea.net.

images courtesy of Frolfer12 at Kerkythea forum
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby notareal » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:43 pm

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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Ross Macintosh » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:46 pm

Thanks to Giannis and his dedicated team! All your efforts are very much appreciated -- and very inspirational. I look forward to hours of joy playing with and discovering 'Echo'.

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Postby Pilou » Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:54 pm

Funny thing the instancing brush :D
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby kwick7 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:16 am

mac os x.


You just made my year. :)


Any word on a Mac version of the SU2KT exporter?
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Fletch » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:30 am

SU2KT already works on a Mac... it's just that KT did not. :lol:
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Tobobo » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:57 am

:ecstatic: :D :lol:

Thanks Guys can't wait to get stuck in!
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Ben Ritter » Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:54 pm

Much appreciation and thanks to all who made this possible and for sharing such a great product.

One question, is KT2007 a new release also, and is this different than KT Echo?

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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Frederik » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:14 pm

Ben Ritter wrote:One question, is KT2007 a new release also, and is this different than KT Echo?

Thought it was very obvious... :|
KT2007 vs. KT2008 Echo...
KT2007 = Last years release
KT2008 = The latest release with many new features... ;)
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Ben Ritter » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:24 pm

Kim,

It did seem obvious, until I went to the download area, and saw that KT2007 had a 1/30/08 date in the description. That threw me off.

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Postby kwick7 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:16 pm

Fletch wrote:SU2KT already works on a Mac... it's just that KT did not. :lol:


I never knew that! I am going to have some serious fun when I get home from work tonight!!



What's the speed like on the mac? I'm rocking and rolling with a 24" iMac with 3 gigs of ram - is this speed anywhere like it would be if I was using windows? Does it support both cores? I downloaded it last night but haven't fooled around with it yet.
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby REGIS » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:09 pm

YES it run on both cores
CAPTURE FENETRE.jpg

and i think it's a very good product for mac users.
Just need for help manual for KT 2008 ECHO perhaps :?:
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Postby kwick7 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:27 pm

REGIS wrote:YES it run on both cores
CAPTURE FENETRE.jpg

and i think it's a very good product for mac users.
Just need for help manual for KT 2008 ECHO perhaps :?:


thanks Regis. I cannot wait to try this later- should be a step up from using my old Centrino laptop with 512 megs or ram to render.


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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Frederik » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:05 pm

REGIS wrote:Just need for help manual for KT 2008 ECHO perhaps :?:

A new Getting Started KT2008 tutorial is in progress at the moment... ;)
And I expect this to be ready early next week... ;) (Hopefully I'm able to upload it on Sunday evening, CET)

In the meantime, I suggest that you download the Getting Started - KT2007 tutorial, since many of the basic principles are identical... ;)

Ben Ritter wrote:It did seem obvious, until I went to the download area, and saw that KT2007 had a 1/30/08 date in the description. That threw me off.

:oops: That's fully understandable... Sorry about that...
But this is because it has been moved to the "Older versions" folder in our repository...
But everything should be clear now - I hope... ;)
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Postby REGIS » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:20 pm

Thanx Frederik, I've got "guide de demarrage KT 2007" and i'm studying now using kt 2008 ECHO :thumb: but i notice some changes with KT 2007.
And what is instance brush :?:
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Postby Frederik » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:30 pm

REGIS wrote:but i notice some changes with KT 2007.

Yeah... Especially the Material Editor GUI has been improved... ;)
But all basic principles remain... You only need to adapt the new GUI as well as many new features... :D

And speaking of new features...
During the next weeks, you'll see more new features being available on the KT web-site... :ecstatic:

REGIS wrote:And what is instance brush :?:

I suggest that you download the Instancing Brush Tutorial for 2008 Echo from our repository... ;)
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Postby REGIS » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:47 pm

Thanx Frederik,
What a good tool it is :thumb:
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby eqc » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:20 am

Hello! I just downloaded Mac version.
I don't know about "Unix Executable File"
The question is How can i run this application?
Thanks for your help
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby notareal » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:31 am

You need to run X11 and then start KT. More details from kerkythea.net forums if needed.
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Postby eqc » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:33 am

Notareal- Thank you.
Up and running!
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Postby jmac » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:46 pm

I dl'ed Kerkythea and like notareal I got the unix executable files. I then saw this thread and went to the Kerkythea forums. I could not find anything about X11 but did end up finding an article on Apples website telling me I could install X11 from my Tiger install DVD. I wanted to install it on the drive where OS X is installed but I got a message saying I would have to change my settings so I chose a different drive to install on and did a custom install for X11. Now when I click to launch X11 nothing happens. When I click to launch Kerkythea nothing happens.

I feel stupid asking but could someone tell me the best way to install X11 so that I don't screw up my existing OS.
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby solo » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:11 pm

You need to uninstal KT then install X11. restart machine and install KT.
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby viperit » Tue Feb 05, 2008 12:24 pm

WOW! Interface is so much better than 2007 version. Plugin on SketchUp actually has more than one use too!

Just tested a render on it, did a 4000x3000 render at high qual in under a minute on my 2.4gHz quad core. The shadowing was all wrong but I have no idea how to adjust the setting yet, will be looking forward to that beginners guide! I hope you go through all the options and what they do :ecstatic:

Only thing I am concerned about is 2/3 times I tried to render it the application crashed when I tried to view the image in the picture window...
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Postby Edson » Tue Feb 05, 2008 12:33 pm

jmac wrote:I dl'ed Kerkythea and like notareal I got the unix executable files. I then saw this thread and went to the Kerkythea forums. I could not find anything about X11 but did end up finding an article on Apples website telling me I could install X11 from my Tiger install DVD. I wanted to install it on the drive where OS X is installed but I got a message saying I would have to change my settings so I chose a different drive to install on and did a custom install for X11. Now when I click to launch X11 nothing happens. When I click to launch Kerkythea nothing happens.

I feel stupid asking but could someone tell me the best way to install X11 so that I don't screw up my existing OS.

i had no problems installing X11 and KT but i did it on the same drive my OS is. i think you need the system for X11 to run.

in my experience, there is no need to uninstall KT before you install X11.

good luck.
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Postby Mike Lucey » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:41 pm

Thanks Edson for that tip! I'm just getting around to
setting the program up.

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Postby Edson » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:17 pm

another info for the ones planning to install x11: this software is not in the same folder as the system itself but in the one called Optional Installs.mpkg (after you open it, look for x11 under Applications). it is also advisable to install X11SDK.pkg (in the dvd: XCodeTools-->Packages-->X11SDK.pkg).
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby Fletch » Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:37 am

Hey Folks!

Some of the latest news about Kerkythea and it's content...

People have been posting some very impressive stuff lately in the Wip and Finished Projects categories. Please come and join us! We'd love to see your work. Since no one makes a dollar or euro from Kerkythea, seeing your work is our only reward. ;)

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Please download the latest update for KT 2008 which fixes a few things... some AA things for models miles from origin, and some multi-threading issues.

2
We have been trying to update the KT Wiki lately. It is not a fun job. :|
Mostly we have focused on the tutorials section, so browse thru there, if you want to see some tutorials for Kerkythea, but have not found them yet.

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There are some new model libraries of Trees and flowers for you to use with KT 2008 Echo. They will only work with KT 2008 Echo, no other version. They work great with the instancing brush. ;)
-To install them, simply unzip them into Kerkythea's program's model folder.
-To insert them into a model go to the model Insert pulldown.

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There are finally many great new procedural materials created for KT.
Download them from the plugins section.
Video Tutorial for installing them here. (sorry, but until we find a geek who owns a mac willing to learn how to create these for Mac, they are only available for PC... anyone out there?!)

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There are some great new hi-res materials provided for Kerkythea users. "Material library containing 4 wooden floors from Lis textures. These textures have kindly been provided to the KT community and with credits to Andrzei Gasior"

See Materials to download here.
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Re: KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO EDITION HAS BEEN RELEASED

Postby cymurai » Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:17 am

wow this is great!!
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