Most Popular Rendering Software Among Architects and Designers

Most Popular Rendering Software Among Architects and Designers

Most Popular Rendering Software Among Architects and Designers

Considering the diversity within the design industry and the availability of different modelling software, users have been in constant search for the most suitable software as well as rendering engine.

So, in this post, we will be talking about the most popular rendering software that have manage to win the hearts of so many.


VRay can be likened to the icing of a cake. Or like a sports athlete who rose to fame in less than five years. In other words, VRay has manage to cement itself at the top of the visualization category. Built by Chaos Group, VRay is mostly loved for its abundant library of textures, and its ability to depict reality correctly. For designers who want to replicate the reality of nature, or build a near perfect real-life situation involving colors, lights and shadows, then you should look no where else than within the VRay software.

For starters, the overwhelming features of VRay can pose a serious learning curve. But the good thing about this software is that there are too many online tutorials to get you up and running as well as guide you to delivering your first rendering. Just like Light and Shadow is known as the anchor of an architect, these features are the cheese and burger of VRay.  With this amazing visualization power, one can only wonder what the famous Finish architect Alvar Alto would have done.

Overall, VRay is also susceptible with other rendering software such as 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Autodesk Revit, Google Sketch-up, just to mention a few. Another great point for VRay is its adaptability, and those who love to transition between one or more modeling software will love it for this.



Mental Ray can be likened to the brother of VRAY. But viewpoints regarding each of them will change from person to person as well as the different companies that are making use of them. Although not reaching the realness and quality of the projects delivered by VRAY, Mental Ray is slightly user-friendly. Putting aside the comparison between these two, Mental Ray is an amazing software that needs its own honor in the top-flight for render engines.

Built in 2007 by the most popular graphics card makers – NVIDIA, Mental Ray has been living up to its expectation of meeting the demands of it large designers and artist base.  It is widely used by architects – all thanks to its easy usability and bunch of features. Although this software also requires a little bit of a learning curve, it is easy to be reached by first timers. Usually, people who tend to just try it out, gets awed by what it can accomplish.



With such a powerful name like Octane, you should be ready to experience exhilarating quality productions like that of the famous movie – fast and furious. Aside that, Octane Render comes with a lot of promises for designers and architects regardless of the fact that it is not well-known within the visualization industry. Besides that, Octane houses some amazing and sneaky features that promises to explode its recognition against giants like VRAY and Mental Ray.

The principal function of Octane is its ability to make use of your PC graphics power to perform rendering calculation. So, if you have enormous power to give to this task, then it’s a huge advantage on the side. That is to say, the higher your graphics card power, the faster the rendering.

Reversibly, Octane does not come with a lot of features that most rendering software do. But this is a change that will take place soon. Also have it at the back of your mind that, you may burn some time trying to look up tutorials or help online. And one downside for Octane is that it only functions with NVIDIA cards. So, there is no hope for ATI users for now.



Cinema 4D is not built as a software for only 3D modelling. If you want an all-in-one package then you should be throwing Cinema 4D into the cart. Its provides user with the ability to have 3D modelling and presentable quality 3D rendered output. You can do a whole lot of things with Cinema 4D. You can build, model, texture, animate or even render. If you have the time to keep going, the things you can do are almost limitless. Just remember to balance your life because the more you learn Cinema 4D, the more exciting it becomes and you might end up staying there forever.


For those architects who are addicted to either ArchiCAD or Vectorworks, you will want to check Cinema 4D on your list of third-party helpful add-ons. Besides that, the software integrates peacefully with any other 3D software even though it is different from each of these software in its own way.



Even though Modo is not popular or seen on the limelight of 3D software, it has managed to make this list because of the great pleasure architects receives from it. Just like Cinema 4D, Modo is a full packaged 3D modeling software. It also comes with an outstanding on-board rendering engine.  Modo shines in that, it gives users the ability to design and render without switching applications. It has managed to take away the stress involved in moving from one application to the other. With Modo, you don’t need to export or import anything.


Still on the bright side of Modo, it has one of the fastest previewing capability. And above all, you don’t need too much computing power to perform highend tasks like previewing scenes using one of the most realistic precision in the shortest of times. This is a great advantage for architects who are searching for a less cumbersome program that does not only work fast but works all the time.

On the down side, Modo does not come with enough options. If you are the type of architect or designer who loves to be at liberty to control everything, then Modo may not be the program for you. On the other hand, if you searching for a well laid software that can perform all the tasks without making you homeless, then you won’t go wrong if you get Modo, and it starts selling at under $1,500.



Though this software is not as amazing as it is perceived to be in the rendering industry, it will be blind not to recognize how popular 3ds Max is. While professionals have transitioned to realistic rendering software like VRay and Mental Ray, 3ds Max still incorporates and independent on-board render readily available when you can’t afford the highend renders. Its on-board render is also as seen on Modo and Cinema 4D. The major positivity about using 3ds Max is that it integrates seamlessly with products from Autodesk. These products include but not limited to AutoCAD and Revit.

If you are consistent with modeling 3D objects on Revit then 3ds Max should be a go-to asset for you. Although Revit comes with a renderer, its functionalities are limited and the end results might not be desirable. As for 3ds Max, it allows you to import projects from Revit as well as adjust textures in a favorable way than you would have done with the skeletal Revit render – and this is the sole advantage of using 3ds Max.

To conclude, each and every software including those in the list above have their demerits and merits. And so, MyRenderBox will be taking a detail look at each software above in the nearest future,

That said, MyRenderBox render farm also supports all the above render engines and users (both new and old) are more than welcome to start submitting their architectural projects on our website, and also experience the power of our render hardware coupled with the amazing hospitality of our technical support team.


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