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Pixar: Renderman is free for non-commercial projects

In the early summer of last year, Pixar announced that it would make its Renderman software available free of charge for non-commercial purposes. Months after the originally planned release date, the Disney-owned company has now released the software.

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Compared to the paid version, the free version should not have any technical restrictions, such as watermarks or the like. The only condition for use, however, is exclusively non-commercial use. According to Pixar, this affects anything that is not directly profitable.

This includes, for example, private projects, use in educational institutions or research purposes, as well as an evaluation of the software to check whether Renderman could later be used for a commercial product. The generation of indirect profits, for example through advertising income from video platforms, is also explicitly allowed. Pixar also advocates building commercial tools and plugins for Renderman using the free version.

A forum account is required to use the free version and Pixar allows installation on a maximum of five different devices. The company provides further details on licensing in its FAQ. The application is available for download for 64-bit systems under Windows 7 and 8, Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7 as well as Linux. Officially, Pixar currently only supports RHEL 6 and its free derivatives with an RPM package. RHEL 7 is to follow.

Renderman can currently be used with Katana from The Foundry, Autodesk Maya and the Renderman Pro Server. The latter only offers tools for the command line and no GUI.