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Friday, June 15, 2012

Update on Stadia Cloud-based Interactive Rendering

Robert Pogue of Earlybird Technology sent me an email this morning highlighting improvements in Stadia, a product that I posted about previously here. I must say that Stadia's looking great.

From Robert:

"You'll be excited to learn that Stadia has dramatically improved in the last few months. Here are the big changes:
  • High Dynamic Range rendering brings out detail in bright and dark areas
  • Dramatically improved lighting simulation
  • Incredible Antialiasing makes edges appear smooth and natural
  • Automatic exposure adjustment lets the virtual camera adjusts to ambient lighting
  • Larger models and huge elements (millions of triangles) process without issue
  • Realistic color tones with automatic contrast post-processing
  • Smoother viewing, walking, and flying
  • Collisions turned off in flying mode
  • Increased resolution to 1680 x 1050
  • All these improvements are available to every user without any action. With the cloud, we push the updates to our service, and everyone benefits. No updates (the old add-in works like a charm), no upgrade fees, no compatibility issues - it just works.

"Here's what the changes look like:

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"Many of these improvements are benefits of deciding to build Stadia 'From the Cloud Down'. For example, the kind of lighting simulation we are doing now would be totally impractical on a desktop machine.

"I think we're getting closer and closer to the goal of making interactive renderings as easy to generate and share as images are today."

Real time visualization for Revit has become a crowded market as evidenced by other posts on this blog (including some forthcoming ones). While I tend to shy away from comparative comments here,  The Revit Kid had this to say about Stadia in his post titled Real Time Visualization Software and Revit...

"Stadia3D is by far the easiest connection with Revit.  What ever you see when you render in Revit is practically what you see in Stadia. It requires a tiny add-in to be installed and the rest is done in the cloud."

There's more information available on the Stadia website.

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