Top new features in Lumion 9

05 November 2018

Lumion 9 is released today and it comes with some fantastic new features that we’ll cover in more detail through this blog.

Top new features include:

Realistic environments, real beauty, rendered faster than ever

Select one and watch as it works together with the updated Sky Light effect to cast a new light on your design, placing it in an evocative context with a stunning backdrop.

Sky Light 2 and Real Skies (Real Skies are Lumion Pro only)

Instant, beautiful skies to take your breath away. With 39 Real Skies and their pre-configured Sky Light settings in Lumion 9, it takes a single click to give your design the perfect clear blue morning, stormy afternoon or unforgettable sunset.

Change the sky and your design’s entire lighting changes with it, putting you within reach of an awe-inspiring render in literally seconds.

Customizable 3D Grass (Lumion Pro only)

Real grass with white house

Spice up your landscape designs and add a variety of realistic grasses to your parks, gardens, lawns and any other surfaces with the new Customizable 3D Grass materials in Lumion 9.

Atmospheric Rain and Snow (Lumion Pro only)

Atmospheric snow and rain

Express the real feeling of your designs with the new Atmospheric Rain and Snow. With just a click, you can create everything from the light drizzle to a full-blown downpour, the winter flurry to a whiteout blizzard. The Atmospheric Rain and Snow is located under the Precipitation effect in Photo and Movie mode.

Furry materials (Pro only)

Soft to the touch. Colorful and fluffy. For the ultra-comfy blanket or rug, the new furry material provides charm and warmth to any surface in any space.

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112 Realistic new materials

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With 112 highly realistic, new materials in Lumion Pro, including almost 100 textures from the well-renowned Poliigon, it’s easier than ever to quickly convert the blank skeleton of your 3D model into a lively scene teeming with color, depth and feeling

88 new high-definition materials from Poliigon.com in the Indoors, Outdoors and Rock category:

  • 7 new fabrics including cashmere, muslin and printed rugs.
  • 6 new curtain materials.
  • 6 new plaster materials.
  • 14 new marble stone materials.
  • 8 new brick materials.
  • 5 new concrete materials.
  • 8 new metal materials.
  • 4 new roofing materials.
  • 8 new cobblestone stone materials.
  • 15 new wood materials.
  • 7 new rock materials.

New 3D Grass category with 14 highly detailed 3D Grass Materials. New Fur category with 10 highly detailed Fur Materials. And several others…

All of the materials in Lumion are of the highest quality, and they can be altered via weathering, soft edges (Pro only) and more. With the new additions, the total number of materials in Lumion 9 is 1,120*

New objects in the Content Library* (Some Pro Only)

Infuse your designs with the energy of real-life, lived-in spaces and wild environments with 634 new HD objects available in Lumion 9. These new objects include, but are not limited to:

  • 91 new trees, plants and rocks from around the globe, including variations in shape and size
  • 459 indoor objects ranging from high-quality kitchen appliances, seating, desks, storage items and other home furnishings
  • 5 outdoor objects, including apartment blocks and outdoor furniture
  • 30 new, high-quality animated 3D people, including men, women, elderly people, bicyclists and more.
  • 10 new vehicle models, including HD cars, sports cars and SUVs

All of the new objects are HD quality, and the new additions bring the total number of objects in the Lumion 9 content library to 5,259 *.

*Lumion contains about one-third of the total library content, while Lumion Pro contains the full library.

QUICKLY BUILD BELIEVABLE ENVIRONMENTS FOR UNBELIEVABLE RENDERS

Lumion 9 raises the bar on the speed and ease of building context around your model. Features like LiveSync enable simultaneous, real-time rendering with popular modeling programs including Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD and, now, Rhino.

Lumion 9 also comes with a host of other features and hundreds of new content library updates. And no matter if you’re working on the simple residential house, the dense garden or the massive cityscape, the enhanced beginner workflows, streamlined scene-building tools and lean library of Lumion 9 will help you go from blank 3D model to mind-blowing render in record time.

LiveSync for Rhino and Vectorworks

With the new LiveSync in Lumion 9, you can simultaneously model and render, visualizing changes in real-time. Sync camera perspectives and materials while continuing to develop the shape and form of the model, and experience your design in a whole new way as you’re creating it.

Note: LiveSync for Rhino requires Rhino 6.

Updated OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap Dubai

Need urban context, fast? In Lumion 9, OpenStreetMap has gone through a major update to bring you higher quality city context at faster speeds than before.

Lean scene-building workflow

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The fastest rendering engine just got a boost into high gear. Natural and intuitive scene building. One-touch controls for quickly adding objects, materials, effects and more. From zero to beautiful render in record time.

Save Groups

Save Groups screenshot

Save the perfect table arrangement, load the picturesque bedroom. Your favorite object arrangements and groups are uniquely yours, saved now and forever!

Intuitive Object Placement

Object placement screenshot

Placing objects is now more intuitive, easier and faster. Smart object technology via easy-to-use hotkeys can help ensure the right object placement while saving you valuable time and streamlining your scene building processes.

Instant Object Focus

Focus screenshot

A double-click takes you anywhere throughout the scene, so you’ll never lose sight of your model again.

Updated Import edges

Take it to the edge. In Lumion 9, the edges of your models can be imported as separate material assignments.

Edge Sketchup image

This way, you can easily create wire-frame models and highlight the outlines of interior and exterior geometry. Supports edges from SketchUp (.SKP & .DAE) + 2D lines from 3ds Max (.FBX & .MAX)

Automatic file recovery

File recovery screenshot

When your computer crashes, there’s no need to worry. In Lumion 9, you can rest assured that your Lumion file is safe and sound with the new automatic file recovery feature.