This week starts with a new Corona Renderer Alpha – v7. After just 3 months of development, this version adds support for 3ds max 2015, Shadow Catcher material for compositing, new proxy format, improved viewport display, Particle Flow, and more. While this version being still free, Corona is aiming at a commercial release for 3ds max later this year, with a full set of features for architectural visualization. There are also plugins for Maya and Cinema 4D in development, and an exporter for Blender.
After 9 months of development, A new public version of Corona Renderer is being released today, called Alpha v6. The new features include support for distributed rendering, new robust API, ability to save and resume rendering later, improved light solver and motion blur, physically based camera, exposure and lights, and more. Because it is still in development, the plugin is free to use and can be downloaded at the official website after registering at the forum. It has no restrictions like limited resolution or watermarks, and can be used for commercial work. Commercial versions with artist-friendly pricing are planned for the future.