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August 2022 Progress Report

Pragma Renderer

Next to Cycles X and LuxCoreRender, I've now added Pragma as a renderer option. Unsurprisingly, this renderer uses Pragma's internal rendering system. The main purpose for the Pragma renderer is for animations, since render times with Cycles X and LuxCoreRender are excessively high for large image sequences, even on modern hardware (days, weeks or even months depending on hardware, scene complexity and framerate).

To make Pragma actually viable as a renderer, I've added some new features:

Lightmapping

The lightmap system has been significantly improved, and now includes directional lightmaps. The direct and indirect components are baked with Cycles X, while the directional component is using my own baking implementation. Without going into too much detail, this (along with other improvements) allows for much prettier lightmaps than before: