We’re pleased to launch the Corona Benchmark application for OS X!
This represents an important milestone for us. What you see here is a fully working version of Corona, using the same technology and rendering core as the Windows platform. The only difference at the moment is that it has no hooks into an external modeling program.
We’d ask you all to run the benchmark as the more people that try it, the more it will help this proof-of-concept and identify if there are any remaining issues with the conversion. Do please post your results (it’s an easy one click from within the benchmark to send them) and those results will post to the same table as the Windows results but will be marked in the listing as “OS X” (no flame wars, please! ;))
It took a lot of work to convert Corona across to OS X – 4 months of dedicated work by a single developer focused on the task – but we did it!
As always when we release something new, we’re not taking any time to pause. Instead, we will be pressing on with our other plans, including a Linux version which should be simpler to complete now that the OS X version is done and could see a release later this year; a standalone version of Corona on the OS X; and of course the OS X version of Corona for Cinema4D. We’ll keep you updated!
Today we have finally updated our standalone benchmark. Download it and share your results now! Compared to the last benchmark we have updated the rendering core, made the scene more challenging, and added easy verification and sharing of render times. Everything is a one-click solution now, no manual copy/pasting required. All times you choose to publish are displayed in a table here. This comes handy especially when you are selecting a new hardware to run Corona.
Corona Standalone Redesigned
From the technical standpoint, the most interesting thing is that the benchmark showcases the possibilities of our new standalone format, which is now much more powerful than ever before. It supports procedural maps, shader networks, and the compressed Corona proxy format for geometry. We are hoping the standalone application will become a viable alternative for distributed rendering some day. You can try it yourself today if you are feeling lucky. Both export and import is a one-click solution, no 3ds Max is necessary, and speedups of up to 30% were reported compared to rendering inside 3ds Max. Some maps are still not supported, but we are working on that.
I would like to thank Robin, who was the primary developer of the benchmark application. That is it; everything left to do now is to download the benchmark and share its results with the community so we can build a comprehensive database of Corona Renderer performance with different CPUs. Stay tuned for the next blog post, in which we will talk about licensing and pricing improvements we have in mind for 2016.