Pro/ENGINEER Advanced Rendering Extension

As part of the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 product release, PTC has overhauled the Advanced Rendering Extension (ARX), which is included in all educational offerings of Pro/ENGINEER.  These improvements include a new rendering engine powered by Mental Ray software from Mental Images (http://www.mentalimages.com).  This is the same technology used by motion picture companies around the world and was used in the latest blockbuster film Avatar.  Mental Ray will provide significant improvements to rendering setup and output in Pro/ENGINEER.  While the improvements will help users generate more realistic renderings; including improved lighting, textures and effects, users will see a familiar user interface in Pro/ENGINEER for rendering.  Beyond the additional functional enhancements to rendering, the addition of the new rendering engine will be transparent to users, until users render their models.

The new ARX offering will require a new license option which will be automatically included into all educational packages.  This new offering will only be accessible in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 and will not function in prior releases.  If interested in the new ARX, users will be required to request an updated license pack from PTC via the PTC Online Tools or through license management.

In Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 and prior, the rendering engine was powered by Lightworks technology and was licensed via its own license option.  This license option is different than the new option for ARX (Mental Ray) introduced in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.  Our contract with Lightworks expires on May 31, 2010 and the old ARX license option will no longer be available after that date.  This old license option does not work in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.

For customer’s active on maintenance beyond May 31st, 2010 and would like to remain on Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 or prior, are able to request a license of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 from PTC License Management during their license term.  This license will include the old ARX (Lightworks) option and will provide customers on active maintenance access to ARX in prior releases of Pro/ENGINEER.  New orders and renewals will only include the new ARX (Mental Ray) option.  This will result in users not able to access rendering in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 or prior.  Users are recommended to upgrade to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0, where they can take advantage of all the exciting enhancements, as well as, access rendering.   To find the latest enhancement is Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0, check out the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 Product Page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the PTC Education Program, at university@ptc.com.

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