SpeedTree ArchitectThe IDV team has been working on a new edition of SpeedTree that’s targeted to the needs of architects and we’re excited to announce that “SpeedTree Architect” is now here!  It combines precise modeling and rendering of realistic trees/plants with easy workflow into many leading 3D architectural visualization applications. We’ve packaged SpeedTree Architect to be the quickest, simplest way to get custom vegetation into any architectural drawing or animation and it’s priced for architectural budgets at $495 per seat (node locked).

SpeedTree Architect includes:

  • SpeedTree Modeler: Create realistic, precisely-modeled trees from scratch at any level of detail, or modify existing 3D tree/plant models from the SpeedTree Model Library. It also supports sky-sensitive leaves, which you’ll be hearing more about in a future SpeedTree Log post.
  • Exporters and Scripts: Export, including normals and UVs, to a variety of popular formats, including FBX, OBJ and 3DM, for integration with 3ds Max®, Maya®, Rhino and other apps. Features seamless rendering in V-Ray® and mental ray®.
  • Access to SpeedTree Model Library: Purchase models from the SpeedTree Tree Model Store, an online catalog of nearly 200 species (SpeedTree Architect includes 3 base species from the Library).

A newly-added export capability supported by SpeedTree Architect allows simple integration with the popular Rhino 3D modeling software from Robert McNeel & Associates. Rhino is a stand-alone, commercial NURBS-based 3D modeling tool that can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids and polygon meshes.

According to Brian James, who provides training and support for McNeel …

“The export from SpeedTree models to the 3dm format is effortless and the trees look great in Rhino.  We’re excited to see what our users will be able to do with such an easy integration of SpeedTree’s premier 3D vegetation solution.”

SpeedTree Architect is available now for a free evaluation or you can purchase it at the SpeedTree Store.