It is funny, that this thread "is Maxwell render abandoned?" is more discussed, than other maxwellrender 5 related threads. Maybe beacuse this was one of few alive threads in near past except "Rhinoceros 6 support" and some few others.
I have one question. If there will be no hybrid CPU+GPU render, and if GPU will be the same features and quality output as CPU (I think it is not now), will I need two licenses to render on CPU and GPU at the same time and on the same computer? Because I can merge those two output images from GPU and CPU after render. It can be even used as denoiser, or not?
And even if VRAY material converter is not a bad think at all, I will not advertise it as one of main Maxwellrender 5 features. Or maybe if there will be not 100% acurate conversion we should contact Chaos group for doing bad materials
I am waiting for features more than for speed. I know, there is need for speed, but I need more speed just in problematic light situations as is in indirect seen caustic of sun or almost parallel beams lights, because now it is unproportional to other image aspects. If most of images are good enough in SL20, indirect seen sun caustic just start to be seen there as a single fireflies, and it is starting to be good at SL35 - SL40 (this is years in 1080p and single computer). I thing light simulator (maxwell) should improve in these scenarios... And many others features, that users asked in this forum. Maybe that is why NL promote Maxwell 5 on social networks, not here.