As a Reality user, my first impressions of Luxus are very positive. I picked it up earlier and am now currently playing around with it. So far the major upsides are that it has pretty much every single option a hands-on person like myself could potentially want and not least of all is that it has support for the materials I so desperately hoped Reality would include in an update. Namely, cloth and skin.
I like the integration with Daz Studio especially. With Reality you open it up in its own separate window, which means you lose access to the surface selection tool. If you want to select a surface using it, you need to close Reality first, select the surface and then re-open the window. A bit long winded for a simple function. I like that I can copy and paste material settings easier too. With Reality it has a few bugs regarding this, and it won’t copy the material type, so if you’re trying to copy-paste a metal to a currently glossy surface, it won’t do anything. No such issues with Luxus though, which has made things a whole lot easier.
That’s not to say it’s a seamless transition, mind you. Adding custom tweaks to the Lux materials can often create redundant settings in the resulting LXS file. These only throw up warnings by the compiler, but it does result in extra fluff which isn’t needed. I’m still getting used to how Luxus translates materials for Luxrender, as it does so in a different way to Reality, but I am pleased at least that UberSurface seems to convert reasonably well, though I’ve yet to get SSS to translate across.
I also like that it compiles the actual models into the LXS files rather than creating extra directories as Reality does. It makes clean ups a lot quicker and easier, though part of me still prefers the separate LXM files of Reality for hands-on tweaks. Still, the compiled LXS is neatly formatted so finding stuff in the file isn’t much of a chore.
I’ll post some renders as soon as I have something worth looking at. Naked Victoria probably isn’t the best choice for public sharing, and I’ve been using her to test skin volumes. If anyone knows any good settings to use for skin, by the way, or an easy way to translate UberSurface SSS settings to Luxus I’m all ears.