- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 21 Sep 2001
RenderMan on OS X Petition/Survey, Preliminary Results
Architosh has been running a petition/survey on Pixar's RenderMan software for Apple's Mac OS X platform. Since the announcement of Alias/Wavefront's Maya for Mac OS X, the Macintosh platform has continually seen evidence of increased demand and activity in the 3D market.
In early remarks and marketing from Alias/Wavefront a lot of new interest in 3D is coming from the traditional graphics and publishing professional arena. While many discussion boards' comments (mostly in boards at MacCentral and other sites) have questioned the true demand from this sector, our recent RenderMan survey seems to substantiate this growing demand. In light of this, and the pure strength of the OS X platform, the Mac community may see increasing numbers of 3D software packages be ported or developed to find new audiences in the traditionally strong Mac-based graphics and publishing sectors.
As can be seen above, 20 percent of all surveys were from graphics and publishing pros interested and committed to deploying RenderMan on Mac OS Xthe same percentage as those in the architectural market. While the average respondent was looking for 1.8 seats of RenderMan, graphics and publishing pros were looking for more than 2 seats on average (ranging from deployment of 2-10 seats). While we are not breaking down seat count request averages by type of user today, in general seat count request were highest among professional 3D studio users and industrial designers. They were predictably lowest among 3D hobbyist and architecture professionals.
Hope for RenderMan on Mac OS X
While we are not reporting total petition numbers today, we believe through pro-active word-of-mouth sharing and resourcefulness, we can get these numbers to be quite high. The good news today however is that there is clear evidence that the traditional Mac-based graphics and publishing crowd is starting to show an increased interest in highend 3D tools and 3D in general.
Look for more reports in the near future. To take the RenderMan Survey click here.
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