Luxology’s Nexus Powers PhotoView 360 by SolidWorks

25 Sep, 2008

Companies collaborate on interactive rendering application.

Luxology, a 3D content-creation software provider, today announced that its Nexus technology was used to jointly develop PhotoView 360, the new design visualization application that is bundled with SolidWorks Premium and Professional 2009 editions. Designed to deliver new levels of interactivity, the software features physically based lighting, a library of realistic surface appearances, and a collection of studio-quality, lighting environments.

"PhotoView 360 is more than a fast renderer, it is an intuitive tool for deciding how different parts of a 3D model should look in the real world," said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. "The incredibly complex and sophisticated models that came from SolidWorks required us to optimize our Nexus rendering engine to new levels of efficiency."

According to Luxology, Nexus supports the rapid deployment of 2D and 3D authoring and visualization applications, and includes a variety of modeling, sculpting, rendering, painting, and animation capabilities. It is also multicore aware and scriptable using Perl, Python, or LUA.

"Our primary goal in developing PhotoView 360 was to allow our customers to get to a great looking image with minimum effort and expertise," said Austin O'Malley, CTO at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks. "Luxology's Nexus technology has allowed us to deliver a product to our customers that removes a lot of the mystery in rendering and delivers very rapid results."