KeyShot 7 Overview
As the biggest release for KeyShot to date there are new features across every area of KeyShot – The KeyShot Configurator to build real-time product variations, the new Studios to create scene variations and real-time VR rendering and output round out the top new Pro features. Material capabilities bring in new material types and procedural textures while optimizing others. Multiple materials can be added to a single part and multiple HDRI environment can be added to the scene. Additionally, the user interface has been completely updated with new layout and hotkey customization capabilities.
KeyShot 7 Feature Highlights
The following highlight the top features in KeyShot 7. A video of the top 5 features and more information on what’s new in KeyShot 7 is available at keyshot.com/whats-new/. The entire list of features and improvements in KeyShot 7 and information on how each feature works is available in the KeyShot 7 What’s New Guide. The top features include:
In KeyShot 7, users can customize tab order, tab visibility, tab state, along with window, toolbar and ribbon position then save custom UI arrangements as Workspaces. Additionally, users now have complete control over hotkeys, the ability to change or add new hotkeys or specify camera control options that match supported 3D modeling software.
New user interface customization introduces Workspaces with tab, ribbon and hotkey customization.
More scene lighting capabilities come with the addition of a new Environment list expanding the number of HDRI Environments that can be added to a single scene. With this, users can quickly toggle between different environments or drag and drop new environments into the list. The HDRI Editor is now integrated into the Environment tab and users can export a scene as a HDR or EXR to import and use in other scenes.
The integrated HDRI Editor and multiple environments support makes lighting a scene faster. Image: Nils Piirma
The KeyShot Configurator, debuted at KeyShot RenderWorld with Axalta utilizing the KeyShot Configurator at the new Axalta Customer Experience Center, is a tool available for KeyShot Pro that allows users to present model and material variations in real-time for design reviews and/or interactive point-of-sale displays. The KeyShot Configurator Wizard guides the user through quick setup of Parent Models, Components and Component Groups and allows them to select Material Variations, Studios and define layout options for the interactive presentation mode.
The KeyShot Configurator provides an interactive, real-time interface to view an unlimited array of product variations.
Many other new features are available in KeyShot 7. The KeyShot resource library has been completely updated to use unit-aware materials and procedural textures. The user has a new adaptive performance mode option to speed their workflow along with the ability to re-tessellate imported models and copy the position of one model to that of another. Animation updates support the ability to add video animations as textures to objects and the support of Alembic files for the import of deformation animations. Studios is a KeyShot Pro feature that allows users to combine and save scene variations in one file for quick creation and presentation. Additionally, KeyShot Network Rendering has been completely rebuilt from the ground up to bring large companies and render farms more flexibility, more efficiency, and more customization.