Luxion announced KeyShot 4 at SolidWorks World 2013 in January.
The new release include new user interface updates, more render options and new presets, materials and lighting that aid in working with 3D data throughout the entire product design process, the company says. A new Live Linking capability allows SolidWorks users to maintain all part and feature updates made to their models without having to redo any of their work inside KeyShot.
Included in the new release is an updated, cleaner user interface with the ability to dock library, project and timeline in a single-window mode. Rendering features include enhancements to material editing with updated materials, PANTONE and RAL color libraries, all new material types that turn any geometry into a local light source, and enhancements to translucent materials, material templates, import, animation and KeyShotVR workflows. With this, render speeds have been optimized to provide faster real-time rendering performance and improved render output.
Live Linking will be included as part of the SolidWorks plug-in for KeyShot and can be accessed from the SolidWorks toolbar area with a single click that transfers the updated SolidWorks model to the KeyShot session.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.