Luxology, a developer of 3D content creation software, has confirmed plans to exploit Apple's Bonjour technology in its forthcoming modo 301 release.

Modo 301 is an advanced 3D content creation software product available for the Mac and PC. It combines a real-time subdivision surface modeling engine with an artist-focused set of tools including 3D painting and the capacity for production-quality rendering.

It's to speed the rendering that Luxology has turned to Bonjour: “One of our key goals for modo 301 is to let our customers unleash the modo renderer across all of the Macs and PCs in a workgroup for maximum rendering power,” said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology.

“Since Apple introduced Bonjour in 2002, it has been widely adopted by a broad range of companies from major printer vendors to storage device and even personal video recorder manufacturers,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations. “We're thrilled that Luxology will take advantage of this technology for use in modo to create instant render farms across both Macs and PCs.”
Because the solution uses Bonjour, all the Macs and PCs on a network are automatically detected, with up to 50 nodes supported. Rendering tasks from the initiating workstation are automatically shared out to machines that have been placed in a ready-to-render mode.

modo ships with one license that supports both Mac OSX and Windows and sells for a suggested retail price of $895.