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Kerkythea

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Kerkythea is a freeware software that can produce high quality renders without spending a cent on software licensing.

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Kerkythea review by Faith B.
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"Great for more realistic renderings"

What do you like best?

I like how realistic it can make a Sketchup View look. Between the varying levels of light and surface reflectivity, and the different materials you can add, you can really balance shade and shadow and light.

What do you dislike?

It does take a lot of processing power and time. We would often let it run for a few hours on a separate computer untouched.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a tutorial and play around a lot. Don't be afraid to export a lot of quick test views before doing a large file, high resolution end view.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

These views really do make a difference when trying to convey the realism of a site. We don't use any BIM modeling software at our firm so this is the closest we come to being able to render a 3D view that sells a project.

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Kerkythea review by Róger Z.
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"Great open source software for designers."

What do you like best?

I like the fact that a freeware can actually throw you back great renders and visualizations as good as the ones you can get in +1K softwares. I also like it's compatibility, even though it's a bit limited you can use other free softwares like SketchUp or blender as a "bridge" to get really nice renders. When I was an active Kerkythea user I used to export my models from rhinos to blender and then to Kerkythea.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that its interface is not really intuitive, so it takes a long time to get confortable with the software. I also dislike the fact that this software as many other freewares just don't look good. I guess it's related to the fact that it's an open software but considering its a design-related software, a little more effort on the interface should be done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefit is basically the price, it's a decent render engine for those who are starting and just can not afford big name softwares. I actually got into Kerkythea a while a go, my boss got really impressed on first week on a new job because I was able to 3D model, render and retouch some amazing images (SketchUp/Kerkythea/TheGimp) before they even bought my software licenses.

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Kerkythea review by Faith B.
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"Great for more realistic renderings"

What do you like best?

I like how realistic it can make a Sketchup View look. Between the varying levels of light and surface reflectivity, and the different materials you can add, you can really balance shade and shadow and light.

What do you dislike?

It does take a lot of processing power and time. We would often let it run for a few hours on a separate computer untouched.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a tutorial and play around a lot. Don't be afraid to export a lot of quick test views before doing a large file, high resolution end view.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

These views really do make a difference when trying to convey the realism of a site. We don't use any BIM modeling software at our firm so this is the closest we come to being able to render a 3D view that sells a project.

What 3D Rendering solution do you use?

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Kerkythea review by Kristy G.
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"Kerkythea review "

What do you like best?

Realistic renderings help clients see my design ideas.

What do you dislike?

Can be slow at times. I have to remember to allow adequate render times

Recommendations to others considering the product

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What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helping clients see realistic renderings of their projects

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