Just wondering what renderers people would recommend - particularly for internal natural light views.
I am an architect who among other things does most of the 3d stuff in our office. I largely model in sketchup (excellent interface for architectural modelling) but often want more than the image quality it can provide (although excellent for some purposes). I have primarily used Blender for rendering and can get pretty good external renders in a reasonable time, but internal daylight views are more problematic. I would like something that works with very little fussing about with settings - or could be set up once as a good template scene that I just needed to drop the model into. I have used Lux and got a very good render with very little manual intervention once the materials were set up, however it did take a weekend to render one print quality image with five computers working on it. I have used Radiance in the past and tried Yafray, although not with the greatest of success. Octane looks nice but I don’t have access to a suitable graphics card. I would prefer a free solution, but if commercial it would have to be fairly cheap as currently there is little money to invest in new software or hardware.