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Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 3:11:03 PM | Revit to 3D Studio Max or 3DViz?



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Our firm currently has abour 3 years of Revit under our belt now and think that we have a pretty good handle on most things Revit. We are now focusing on getting higher quality renderings with the "wow" factor. Currently, I beleive that Revit/Accurender does a tremendous job producing rendered images for presentations, but still lacks the "final punch" to give a rendering the "wow" factor we are looking for to provide to our clients. So I am looking into 3rd party softwares like 3D Studio Max and 3D Viz. Does anyone offer valid points (pros/cons) to using one or the other? What is invloved with implimenting and linking Revit files to these softwares? As an outsource drafting firm who prides themselves in producing a quick, accurate, high quality product, would it be in our best interest to invest such a software or would it be like over investing in real estate and end up spending too much time and money on something where we would not acheive the benefits we desire?

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Brandon Pike | Owner/BIM Specialist





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Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 3:45:49 PM | Revit to 3D Studio Max or 3DViz?




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Hi I have been using VIZ for at least two years in conjunction with revit, it used to work seamlessly until VIZ 2008, the file link manager is a little buggy in the new version of VIZ, I started using MAX this year to create renderings of revit models and up to this point I think the combination of the two software packages "rocks" big time, you can mantain a live link between the files so if the revit model changes you can update the max file, this actually works both for VIZ or MAX. I have found that MAX is much more stable then VIZ (doesn't crash as much) both of them have mental ray as a second rendering engine, but in my personal opinion being it that VIZ is a byproduct derived from max I would much rather hold on to MAX.

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