I'd like to point any interested parties at the latest work on the Aqsis renderer.
One of the negative points of comparison that has always been that of speed, Aqsis is perceived, often correctly, as being significantly slower than alternative RenderMan compatible renderers. We, specifically Chris Foster, have been working to address that. This post and screencast, constitute the first demonstrable results of this work. While there is some way to go before this work is fully capable and integrated back into the core product, it is clear to see that significant progress has been made in this area.
We welcome all feedback and questions, you can post on the blog, visit our forums (http://community.aqsis.org) or come and speak with us in the #aqsis IRC room on irc.freenode.net (or visit http://chat.aqsis.org).
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