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is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:53 am
by gloomer
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months without updates. no news. no bugfixes. no development.

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:16 am
by seghier
Version: 4.2.0.3 Release Date: 21/02/2018
1 Year without any news and many developers left the team, it looks like maxwell render is dead and can't beat many other render engines are available now

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:44 am
by Raphael Tobar
I only bought a Maxwell license this past year due to nostalgia. First got exposed to it in v2 and was blown away while I was studying 3D. Wanted to give Next Limit support and finally be proud to have it, while also hoping for full-implementation of GPU processing. That's not to say I'm not proud of the tech. It's still a great renderer, just CPU heavy. It'll take another generation, 4-6 years, until multi-core processors (32-core) become mainstream affordable to render 4K+ at home with ease.

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:02 pm
by acrighton
It certainly does appear to be abandoned. Not helped by the lack of input/response seen on this forum from NextLimit staff. Sad to see such an amazing application simply being abandoned in this manner, with no apparent effort to promote and sell it. NL only have themselves to blame for the demise of the product as a premier render engine. If NL have no interest or desire to keep MR going, perhaps it would be best for them to sell it off?

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:33 am
by dmeyer
I can't speak for the company but what I have heard is that Maxwell and Realflow have not been abandoned per se but have been deprioritized as the company reorients and expands into new fields. When it might be re-prioritized is anyone's guess.

I do know that Juan Canada left the company quite awhile ago but whether that is a related matter is not something i can speculate on.

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:47 pm
by feynman
It's been abandoned, that much is obvious. I transition 30 + 20 seats to godawful Keyshot (twice the price of MR Studio), as it is the only standalone option for industrial, packaging and automotive designers left in the market. Next Limit simply threw a huge user base under the bus.

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:12 pm
by James Linehan
It's doubtful they abandoned it. 3D programs go through stages of lows and highs in development. There is still things that Maxwell render does that no other render can touch for instance it's subsurface scattering. there are some multi lights and other things. It's a highly specialized app

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:18 pm
by Forum Moderator
This is a sensitive topic, but I can say Maxwell is not abandoned.

Dmeyer's guess is quite close to the real thing; most probably we will be able to give you some good news in the short-mid term.

Best regards,
Fernando

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:12 pm
by William Usher
feynman wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:47 pm
It's been abandoned, that much is obvious. I transition 30 + 20 seats to godawful Keyshot (twice the price of MR Studio), as it is the only standalone option for industrial, packaging and automotive designers left in the market. Next Limit simply threw a huge user base under the bus.
Keyshot is OK for fast work. For less frequent more realistic work you could have 1 license for Maxwell

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:20 pm
by William Usher
feynman wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:47 pm
It's been abandoned, that much is obvious. I transition 30 + 20 seats to godawful Keyshot (twice the price of MR Studio), as it is the only standalone option for industrial, packaging and automotive designers left in the market. Next Limit simply threw a huge user base under the bus.
Also, how did they throw the user base under the bus? What's changed in the last 10 years? It was never perfect and still functions.

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:21 pm
by feynman
William Usher wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:20 pm
Also, how did they throw the user base under the bus? What's changed in the last 10 years? It was never perfect and still functions.
The many Maxwell Studio bugs or functionality shortcomings were never addressed. The SolidWorks plug-in eliminated. Instead, things like "Roombox" are developed.

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 5:51 pm
by acrighton
Feynman, maybe Maverick will give you what you are looking for?

www.maverickrender.com

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 12:56 am
by gloomer
Maverick is good, but it doesn't have a good lighting system. So, it is time to come to Blender, I suppose.

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 7:14 am
by Nasok
oh and btw Maverick is only for PCs 🤷‍♀️ and ... only for those PCs with CUDA cards ... so if you don't have a CUDA video card ... I mean, normally you don't really need it for industrial or product design .. then Maverick is a no go.
just saying :)

Re: is Maxwell Render abandoned?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:34 pm
by feynman
Maverick is what Maxwell Studio could have been.

- Usable by product designers (Siemens NX, Alias, Creo, Catia, Fusion 360, SolidWorks)
- Ok pricing for larger installations
- No subscription model available
- Great quality output
- A community that is not dead like this forum

What is lacking in Maverick are features like Maxwell Studio Grass and Scatter functions