AGi32 lighting design and rendering software selected by Computer Graphics World as one of the most innovative visual design products of 2000
AGi32’s impressive speed is honored as the only lighting design
software ever to win this prestigious computer graphics industry award
Littleton, Colorado - January 2, 2001 - Lighting Analysts, Inc., a world leader
in lighting design and rendering software for the architectural lighting community,
is pleased to announce that its AGi32 lighting design software has been selected
by Computer Graphics World magazine to receive recognition in its 2000 Innovation
Awards. The Innovation Awards are given annually each December for product
innovations released that year that extend the reach of visual computing and
exhibit the true spirit of computer graphics innovation.
AGi32 is the only lighting design software to have received
this honor in the seven years Computer Graphics World has been announcing
these awards. With a circulation of 70,000 worldwide, CGW is the leading publication
covering technological advances in the global computer graphics visualization
AGi32 - Proprietary global illumination algorithms enable the
AGi32 lighting design environment from Lighting Analysts to perform radiosity
calculations for complex architectural environments "on the fly"
in seconds to minutes rather than hours or days. The tool incorporates the
company’s Helios32 radiosity renderer to generate both full-color architectural
visualizations and physically correct photometric predictions for complex
virtual environments made up of unlimited luminaires, calculation points,
and reflective and transmissive surfaces. The Windows-based program also includes
a library of lighting manufacturers's product data. AGi32 is available for
$895. (Lighting Analysts; Littleton, CO; www.lightinganalysts.com)
-Computer Graphics World, December 2000
In their introduction to the awards, the editors noted "It’s
never easy for the editors of Computer Graphics World to winnow a relative
few products from the field of outstanding new CG hardware and software that
arrives each year. This, our seventh consecutive innovation awards selection,
was no exception. However, we did manage to choose 21 truly innovative products
that we believe extend the frontiers of visual computing.
congratulations to each of this year's winners, and we hope that the year
to come reveals innovations as impressive as these - The Editors.
Feature-rich AGi32 (advanced graphical interface - 32 bit) is
the first lighting design software program to combine fast photometric calculation
speed and the ability to create photometrically correct renderings for complex
environments quickly in one easy-to-use package. AGi32 enhances the design
process for lighting designers working with any type of electric lighting
in projects ranging from interior spaces in offices, schools, hotels, homes
and retail, through to exterior settings such as roadways, building facades,
bridges, sports stadiums and parking areas.
One of the most important features of AGi32 is that it allows
architects, lighting designers, and interior designers to communicate their
designs visually rather than with numbers. While AGi32 excels at numeric calculations,
the access to an instant "visual impression" represents an entirely
new paradigm for lighting design.
AGi32 automates many time-consuming aspects of the design process,
freeing up designers to focus on conceptualization and design. For example,
the high-powered computation engine delivers revolutionary gains in calculation
performance, delivering full-color renderings and complex lighting calculations
in seconds or minutes rather than hours or days.
The system also incorporates a comprehensive library of lighting
products from many leading lighting manufacturers, ready for quick inclusion
in any design. Pictures and photometric data can be displayed for every product,
and users can locate and edit those luminaires, both graphically and tabularly,
In addition, for designers interested in building complex architectural
shapes, AGi32 already contains domes, vaults, curves and extrusions ready
for easy implementation, eliminating the need for a lighting designer to spend
hours composing a 3D model in a CAD program. Within minutes of selecting the
specifications, AGi32 has created the model, computed results, and produced
a remarkable rendering.
Founded in 1984, Lighting Analysts, Inc. (www.lightinganalysts.com)
is a world leader in lighting design software. Lighting Analysts, Inc. software
systems are used by designers and architects worldwide to aid in the conceptualization
and design of lighting for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications.
These applications range from interior spaces in offices, schools, libraries,
hotels, private residences and stores to exterior settings such as roadways,
building facades, landscape lighting, bridges, parking areas and sports stadiums.
Campbell & Company Strategies Inc.
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
AGi32 has four key features:
Accurate numerical analysis. AGi32 utilizes a completely
new, high-powered computation engine based on state-of-the-art radiosity
techniques that delivers impressive performance gains for both calculations
and renderings. In fact, for complex projects, AGi32's high-powered computation
engine delivers revolutionary gains in calculation performance, delivering
full-color renderings and complex lighting calculations in seconds or
minutes rather than hours or days.
Rendered visual evaluation. In the architectural
lighting community, a picture is worth a thousand words. AGi32 provides
photometrically correct computer graphic renderings for any lighting application.
While the numbers prove adherence to the specification, the rendering
will sell the project. More to the point, the product’s fast rendering
capability provides an impressive evaluation medium for designers, by
allowing them to visualize various design ideas during the conceptual
stage. An important point to note is that AGi32 can generate industry-standard
VRML 97 files for interactive 3D viewing of the renderings. Moreover,
the user can interactively view the renderings even while the lighting
calculations are ongoing.
Ease of modeling. The creation of three-dimensional
models is especially easy within AGi32 - odd shapes, curves and irregular
ceilings can be described with minimal effort, eliminating the need to
create a 3-D CAD drawing. AGi32 provides simple drawing tools internally,
a digitizer interface, and import/export of CAD-created DXF files.
Flexible analysis tools. AGi32 provides the ability
to incorporate practically unlimited numbers of computational points in
plane or line format, unlimited luminaires and luminaire types, four luminaire
aiming angles, reflective or transmissive objects, lighting power density
computation, CIE glare rating criteria, roadway luminance per IESNA RP-8,
extensive 3-D reflective geometry, and more.
Recommended system requirements. Pentium
II or III, Windows 95, 98, NT4 or Win 2000, 128 MB RAM, CD-ROM, OpenGL acceleration
provided by video card, and minimum resolution 1024 X 768. Color printer
or large format plotter, sound and VRML support (download plug-in for IE or
Netscape) are optional.
Minimum system requirements. Pentium-based PC, Windows
95, 98, NT4 or Win 2000, 32 MB RAM, CD-ROM, OpenGL support provided by Windows,
minimum resolution 1024 X 768, any windows-compatible printer.