Hi all!
Welcome to the Neon Project!
Today we're releasing the first beta version of Neon for Rhino - a fully raytraced viewport plug-in for Rhino 5.0 that supports most Brazil 2.0 materials, environments and settings!
Neon adds a new viewport mode called "Raytraced (Neon)" - there's almost no other UI - it just works.
Neon supports all Rhino 5.0 rendering features - including the sun, skylight, ground-plane, standard materials, environments and most procedural textures.
Neon is a fully working viewport mode. You can edit your model just like any other mode and Neon keeps up. It supports in-command previews (like BlendSrf), real time dragging and so on.
In addition, Neon supports many Brazil settings if Brazil 2.0 SR2 Beta is installed on your computer. This includes most Brazil materials, the GI environment, most Luma server settings, Depth of Field - along with a raft of other bits and pieces. More is coming soon!
Neon works best on powerful hardware, but it's usable on most modern mid-range computers - even laptops. It doesn't require a powerful video card. We recommend 64-bit Rhino 5.0 with at least 4Gb of RAM and an I7 processor - preferably Sandybridge.
Windows Vista or Windows 7 is required. It does not work on Rhino 4.0.
Neon is available from http://v5.rhino3d.com/groups/neon
Enjoy!
- Andy

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And for those of you who have been following this - yes, this is what you think it is!  It's an OpenRL/Brazil SDK implementation running inside the Rhino 5.0 viewport.  It's essentially the first component of the next version of Brazil.

Wow. I will buy bottle of wine for Celebration ;) + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M Wúúúú ;)

Great! So wait, is "Neon" going to be the name of Brazil 3 for Rhino? Or will it be a separate thing that will enable realtime for Brazil 2.2+??

So is this the caustic tech that's supposed to be using our cpus + gpu? I wonder if there's some way to know how well it's using the latter? I've got an ati 5870...

Jim - it's not using the GPU at all yet.  And we don't know about the naming or the way B3 will develop.

Does Neon recognize any textures/shaders placed into parameter slots? Right now it seems not to respond to them, only responding to the top-level controls...

jonah

Give me specific examples - they basically should work.

Jonah Barnett said:

Does Neon recognize any textures/shaders placed into parameter slots? Right now it seems not to respond to them, only responding to the top-level controls...

jonah

Using BAM shader:

AO in color slot
Fresnel in reflectivity slot


Andrew le Bihan said:

Give me specific examples - they basically should work.

Jonah Barnett said:

Does Neon recognize any textures/shaders placed into parameter slots? Right now it seems not to respond to them, only responding to the top-level controls...

jonah

If anyone's curious here's the press release from the Caustic folks about this, it makes little sense to me but it's neat that Rhino users are the first to get to play with this. http://splutterfish.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24848

Jonah

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you.  Generally stuff works, but those two were "special".  Fresnel has now been fixed - it will work in the next beta.  AO won't work for some time unfortunately - there are problems implementing this.

Andy

Jonah Barnett said:

Using BAM shader:

AO in color slot
Fresnel in reflectivity slot


Andrew le Bihan said:

Give me specific examples - they basically should work.

Jonah Barnett said:

Does Neon recognize any textures/shaders placed into parameter slots? Right now it seems not to respond to them, only responding to the top-level controls...

jonah

ok,i have a question!

when NEON viewport is active...

and i use Rhino 5 without a external rendering engine...

NEON which kind of engine use?and internal neon engine,or the rhino render engine?

and so,if i use brazil as default,NEON uses an internal engine to render my image or brazil  engine?

infact

i don't understand a thing:

when you install brazil inside rhino, NEON reads only mats\ligths,Gi\and general setup of brazil and after offers to us an instant rendering raytrace with an own-render engine,or the quality is the same of a Brazil image rendered(because NEON use the brazil core)? ?

thanx

and sorry for my bad English:)

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