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Educational Lab License

A lab kit:

  • is for schools only
  • is a license to use Penguin on all the computers in a single classroom or lab and the instructor's computer. A network is not required.
  • or, a floating license to use Penguin on 30 computers in a department. A network and license monitoring software are required.

Includes: A CD with the Penguin software and documentation.

Note: Your student / teacher status must be verified prior to delivery of the software


  • Conceptual, non-photorealistic renderer
  • Easy to use, works seamlessly inside Rhino and AutoCAD®
  • Fast. Quickly produces an image in the desired resolution
  • Uses OpenGL rendering for fast results
  • Rhino or AutoCAD® based. Render changes to the model immediately. You never need to export or start over
  • Renders all models (except Flamingo or AccuRender plants).
  • Batch rendering through scripts
  • Antialiasing with user control
  • Complements your project renderings with synthetic images
  • Ability to create your own rendering styles
  • Support for TGA, BMP, PCX, PNG and JPEG file formats
  • Supports background bitmaps

Improved user interface and closer integration with Rhino

Penguin 2.0 is completely integrated with Rhino. All of its configuration dialogs can be accessed as any other Rhino dialog would be, inside Rhino properties or object properties. The dockable object properties panel updates while other commands run or while changing the selection.

Supports dimensions, annotations and curves

Penguin 2.0 supports any Rhino native object, including 2D objects like dimensions or curves. You can define specific settings for those objects like any other object.

New shader engine

Penguin 2.0 comes with new shaders and a new shader engine. Now shaders are separete into main shaders - you can only select one of those at the same time, and combinable shaders - you can add any one of those to the main shaders or use them standalone. Penguin 2.0 includes three main shaders (Cartoon, Artistic and Photo) and one combinable shader (Sketch). Given its scalable architecture, more shaders can easily be added in the future.

  • Cartoon: Cartoon is a shader that creates comic or cartoon-like images. It was already included in Penguin 1.0. In Penguin 2.0 you can define as many shade levels as you want, from two to thirty-two ( Penguin 1.0 had a fixed number of three ) and you can define any luminosity for each one from completely shadowed to completely lighted, without any constraints.
  • Artistic: The Artistic shader creates hatched images combining three different textures into the objects, one for shadow areas, one for normal areas, and one for highlighted areas. This shader has taken over the hatching features from the old sketch shader of Penguin 1.0, which continues now as a line sketcher. More textures have been added, and now you can add as many of them as you need.
  • Photo: This is a very simple shader which is basically a normal OpenGL render. It has been added to be able to mix it with other shaders.
  • Sketch: This is the former sketch shader, minus the filling, only the line rendering. As it is a combinable shader, you can mix it with any other shader or use it by itself.

Supports shadows

Penguin 2.0 supports cast shadows in any shader or mix of shaders and can save a separate bitmap with the shadow planes.

Per object settings

In Penguin 2.0 you can define specific settings for every object in the document. These settings appear in the object properties window, and are set up in the same way than the global document settings. You can select any shader to an object.

Supports transparencies

Objects are rendered taking their transparency property into account.

Vector output

Export a render into a vector format. The current supported formats are PS, EPS, AI, PDF and SVG. More formats could be added in the future.

Real time display inside Rhino

Penguin 2.0 adds a new viewport display option to Rhino. It is a real time approximation of what the render with Penguin would be.

Hidden lines rendering

When using the sketch shader, you can check hidden lines rendering, and you will see them in both the render and the real time display.

Penguin global and object settings saved in the 3DM file

Penguin settings are saved inside the files, so that you can share them between computers or restore those settings at any time in the future.

Higher quality antialias option

Penguin 2.0 medium antialias option is the equivalent of high antialias in Penguin 1.0. The new high antialias option has even more quality.


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Questions & Answers

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Australia and New Zealand customers. Other countries please contact your local reseller.

[Q] I am in school, but I really need all the features of commercial Penguin to do my work. What should I do?

[A] Buy the educational license because it's exactly the same software with the same features as the commercial version but it will cost you less.

[Q] I own a Penguin educational license and I will finish school this spring. I want to use Penguin in my work after I graduate. Do I have to upgrade to a commercial license when I leave school?

[A] No. You can continue to use the educational license after you are out of school. Only when you upgrade to the next version of Penguin, would you buy the commercial upgrade and pay the commercial upgrade price.

[Q] I own a Penguin educational license that I no longer need. Can I sell it to my friend, who is also a student?

[A] No. Penguin educational licenses cannot be transferred (or sold) to anyone else. That is the only difference (besides the cost) between educational and commercial licenses of Rhino.

[Q] I have a single-user educational license and have upgraded it by paying commercial upgrade. Has my license become a commercial one (that is, can I resell it)?

[A] Yes, it is now a normal commercial license and you can resell it.

[Q] Can I upgrade my educational single user license to a commercial one? How much will it cost me?

[A] Yes, but only when you upgrade to a new version, and you pay the commercial upgrade price. Then your educational license changes into a commercial one. Meanwhile, there is no need to upgrade to a commercial license since the educational software is the same as the commercial software.

[Q] Can I buy more than one educational license?

[A] Students and faculty members may only buy one educational license each. Schools can buy as many as they want.

[Q]: What is an educational lab kit?

[A] It includes a license for all the computers in a school's classroom or lab.

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System Requirements

  • Rhino:

    Penguin 2.0 works with Rhino 4.0 and has the same hardware requirements as Rhino.

  • AutoCAD:

    No special hardware is needed beyond what is required for AutoCAD®. Penguin 2.0 works with 3D models of AutoCAD® 2004 to 2008, including AutoCAD® Architecture and AutoCAD® Mechanical.

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