I was a better tester for Rhino and later for Matrix, fairly fluent
in both. Remember, Matrix is a plug-in for Rhino and requires Rhino
to run. V-Ray is an “add-on” and will work with Rhino and other
programs, too, so it’s not fair to compare renderers when you should
probably be looking at the nuts and bolts of the CAD program itself.
Lots of folks get all excited about rendering, but I can tall you
that I have sold many thousands of dollars worth of designs by
showing simple shaded models, too. If you are a beginner, stay with
the basics, or you’ll likely bury yourself.
As in all software, what was new and exciting 5 years ago in a given
software, now is common to most softwares. Some new feature
differentiated one from the other and created a brief marketing
advantage, but that is becoming less common today as all the
softwares begin to look and act more like each other. Simple
evolution of product.
Take a look at RhinoGold. It’s amazing what you get, especially when
compared to the multi-thousand dollar programs that now seem to be
desperate for new “features” that will differentiate them from the
While you’re looking, look at this, you’ll be glad you did. I have
known this very, very intelligent and helpful man for many years. I
get nothing and expect nothing for the referral, but you really
should look at this if you are interested in CAD…Ray has been
down the road.