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    MiniLight Alternatives

    MiniLight is described as 'minimal global illumination renderer. It is primarily an exercise in simplicity. But that makes it a good base and benchmark (in some sense) for development and experimentation. And it just might be the neatest renderer around (on average, about 650 lines)' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to MiniLight for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Autodesk 3ds Max and Sketchup. The best alternative is Adobe Dimension. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try LuxCoreRender or POV-Ray. Other great apps like MiniLight are Keyshot (Paid), V-Ray (Paid), appleseed (Free, Open Source) and RenderMan (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Jan 21, 2022

    1. NOX Renderer is a rendering software based on unbiased methods. The renderer is available as a standalone Windows executable with a plug-in to link it to 3ds Max. A linking script is also available for Blender users.
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      3D rendering software for architects and designers. Maxwell is legendary for its quality and realism, and delivers great results via a simple set-up, which lets you focus on lighting.


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      Indigo RT is a new rendering solution which delivers unmatched value in the high end rendering market.
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    2. Visual Designer is an advanced GPU & CPU photorealistic renderer with a unique set of features to handle all the aspects of your creation. It will save a significant amount of time and let you concentrate on refining your designs & arts aesthetics.
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    3. Maverick Studio is a GPU-accelerated render engine for engineers, designers and artists. Capable of outstanding quality and performance, it packs an impressive list of features at an aggressive price point. Anyone can try it for free, for 30 days.


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      The lighting tool for 3D artists.
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      AIR is an advanced 3D graphics renderer with a unique architecture and extensive features designed for the rapid production of high-quality images.
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      mental ray® is a rendering software which generates images of outstanding quality and unsurpassed realism. The software combines the physically correct simulation of the behavior of light with full programmability for the creation of any imaginable visual effect.
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      3Delight is a fast, high quality, RenderMan®-compliant renderer designed to produce photo-realistic images in demanding production environments.
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      fryrender is the physically-based light simulator developed by RandomControl. It is a photo-realistic render engine where all the elements involved in the generation of the final image (materials, lights and cameras) are based on physically accurate models.
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