Sometimes internet communication is really irritating. People get easily offended because of language/humor differences.
In your letter you say that the coders probably know that users want all this, and that's true. But there are only so much coders and at the moment the coders are maily working on animation tools.
And Alejandro is very busy with other things right now. You must understand that the developers are doing this in their spare time. Your letter is both demanding and a cry for help.
Well let's start by saying that I've been working full time at a quite large architectural office for 3 years now.
The biggest plus to Blender is speed. I've tried oh so many other packages. And I've done some projects with "REAL" global illumination. But in my experience, it's impossible to use. Architects change their minds too much, renders just take too much time. How much time do you ordinarily get to do the pictures?
You say you want realism. Realism is fine, but I much prefer surrealism. I like to exaggerate. Do the architects you work for want realism or beautiful pictures? I see you do quite some interior work. I can understand you would prefer realism there.
Anyway. I use Ambient Occlusion A LOT. It's unmissable, just for its speed. Something I would like to see is some sort of fake colour bleeding.
I too would like Photon maps and all those other goodies, but in my experience, I would like fake tools much better. Speed, give me speed!
But I too would really like to see some kind of hybrid Ambient Occlusion/Colour bleeding renderer. I've been thinking about an ambient ocllusion algorithm that takes into account colour bleeding from a very low res photon map.
Just another view of an architectural user. Interesting topic, I guess your post was more of a request, but it sometimes sounds a bit too demanding, a language issue maybe
It is true that it is quite difficult to come close to the feeling of some of the renders out there on the net. YafRay does come close, but the speed and the rendering of glass are not particularly suited for architecture.
Wybren van Keulen,