Luxion Releases KeyShot 2

by | Jun 7, 2010

Orlando, Florida, and Irvine, California, June 7, 2010 -Luxion, the leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology, today introduced KeyShot 2, the long awaited update to the original KeyShot and HyperShot software. The new release features an all new user interface, many new rendering features, and significant performance improvements. It also delivers import of native Pro/ENGINEER data with associative linking on both PC and Mac.

KeyShot 2 is available for immediate purchase. For more information please visit

KeyShot 2 is an all new application built on Luxion’s production-proven interactive realtime raytracing and global illumination technology. Now even faster, KeyShot 2 further breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images from 3D models. With its much improved ease-of-use, KeyShot 2 gives anybody involved with 3D data the ability to create photographic images in a matter of seconds, independent of the size of the digital model. Available for PC and Mac, KeyShot 2 delivers amazing “shots” without the need for special graphics cards.

An all new user experience
KeyShot 2 has been completely redesigned to deliver an unmatched user experience. Even easier to use, the new user interface makes the creation of photographic images from 3D data even faster. Key features of the new user interface are:

  • Drag and drop import of digital data
  • Scene tree for better scene management
  • Library for all assets (materials, environments, textures, backplates and renderings) with drag and drop capabilities
  • Interactive material and environment adjustments with realtime feedback
  • Dynamic camera interaction with precise position control

New rendering capabilities
The new rendering features in KeyShot 2 allow users to work faster, and obtain even more accurate results than ever before. Key capabilities include:

  • Unlimited label placement on any material
  • Light emitting materials with intensity, color and appearance control
  • Ground caustics without need for a physical plane
  • Merging of previously saved scenes with current scene

Significant performance improvements up to 50%
KeyShot 2 has been further optimized to run even faster on PC and Mac without the need for special graphics cards. Performance improvements reach up to 50% compared to KeyShot and HyperShot. These improvements include:

  • Loading of 3D data and saved scenes
  • Calculation of detailed and ground shadows
  • Image calculation in realtime
  • Offline render times

Direct Pro/ENGINEER import with associative linking
KeyShot 2 features an all new data import pipeline for Pro/ENGINEER on both PC and Mac. Unlike before, the importers don’t require Pro/ENGINEER to be physically installed, and therefore work much faster. When design changes are being made to the Pro/ENGINEER model, the model can be re-imported into KeyShot without losing any of the material assignments previously made. This will also work with any other supported file format.

KeyShot 2 is available immediately. All customers who bought KeyShot after April 1, 2010, as well as all customers who have purchased KeyShot for Education will receive the upgrade to KeyShot 2 free of charge. Existing KeyShot and HyperShot customers can upgrade to KeyShot 2 for an incremental fee. All KeyShot customers with subscriptions will automatically receive the upgrade to KeyShot 2. For more information please contact

About Luxion
Luxion specializes in technology advancing state-of-the-art in computer based lighting simulations. We have expert knowledge in areas related to daylighting (atmospheric scattering),light scattering by materials (BRDF and BSSRDF models), light transport algorithms such as photon mapping, and realtime rendering technology. We offer consulting and develop proprietary applications and libraries for customers in need for software capable of precisely calculating the scattering of light in complex 3D environments.

Press Contacts
Thomas Teger, VP of Marketing Luxion ApS
(714) 931-2498

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