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RayPump service consist of three parts:

  • RayPump Add-on -  additional Blender's panel in Properties->Render section;
  • RayPump Client -  separate program that usually runs in background and takes care of data preparation and transfer;
  • RayPump Farm - something you want to have access to :)

RayPump Panel

Panel functionality is pretty simple:

Job Type

Select Free to use Free Render Points, Static or Animation to use Pro Render Points.

Default value: Free

Use tiles

Speeds up big resolution static renders. Image is split to tiles and send to many servers. Number of tiles is adjusted automatically,  depending of resolution and sample count.

Use tiles is experimental feature, in some cases using tiles can be bit more expensive or job might fail to complete.

Default value: off

Not accessible with Free job type;

Acceleration

Select online devices to be used for rendering. GPU is highly recommended, as it is much faster (equals: cheaper). CPU is experimental feature, slow and expensive - intended only for scenes incompatible with GPU.

Default value: GPU

CPU not accessible with Free job type;

Render Online

Schedules the jobs (meaning: automatic preparation, upload, rendering and download).

Help

Open link to this manual in your web browser.

RayPump Client

RayPump Client interface is fairly simple. It is single window with almost all functionality visible at once:

 

Tooltips

Most of the user interface elements display short description after you hover them with the mouse cursor. For example, price conversion from Render Points to Euro can be found in Job Tree, after hovering RP cost:

 Render Points bar

Displays Render Points assigned to your account. 

Pro Render Points

Used with Static and Animation jobs. Can be purchased via PayPal, but also assigned by service operator in exchange for your help, feedback, bug-reporting etc.There are also promotions and projects that might include Render Points.

Free Render Points

Free Render Points are assigned to your account for each day. To use those points, you should select 'Free' type of job in Blender's panel. Once you reach the daily limit, no more Free jobs can be scheduled that day. 

There's no limit in job count - for example, if limit is 80 Render Points daily, then you can make 80 jobs for 1 RP each, or two jobs for 40 RP each. You can even exceed the limit with heavier jobs. If that happens The "overdraft" will be taken from next day's Free Render Points.

Counter restarts everyday, at midnight (time-zone: UTC+1).

Upload speed 

Limits the speed of data transfer to and from Render Farm. Can be useful to make your connection more responsive with other programs. It is also helpful under Windows to prevent some errors with full-speed transfers.

Animated logo

Not only fancy gadget, but the tool :) Spinning logo indicates that Farm is working on your job(s). Once it stops, it usually means that results are ready and downloaded.

Button bar

Contain job management buttons:

  • Cleanup - removes all done jobs from the tree, also refreshes the Render Points bar;
  • Cancel upload - aborts current transfer;
  • Cancel all - removes all your jobs on the Farm - in case of very long queues some jobs might not be seen in Jobs Tree, but those will be also canceled;
  • Remove selected - all jobs selected in Job Tree will be canceled. If selected items contain children, those will be also canceled;

Job Tree

Described briefly in first part of the tutorial.

Destination bar

Shows the path on your local disk, where all the result images will be downloaded to. You can change that path clicking it, or open the folder with Open button. 

All the results will be saved in sub-folders, like this:

As you see, folder names are self-sorted, much like Jobs Tree - showing you the scene name and date/time of its creation. Static and Free job folders will contain single image, while Animation will contain the while rendered sequence, ready to post-processing.

 Status bar

Status bar shows what is the last or current operation performed by service (program or Render Farm). It usually works in conjunction with tray messages, giving better feedback of what's going on.

Extras menu

Top bar is more than fancy decoration - it has "hidden" advanced options you can access with mouse right click:

From version 1.16 you can also click Extras to open the same menu:

Additional menu opens and it contains:

  • Add Render Points - opens your web browser for purchasing Pro Render Points;
  • Activity log - opens web browser to check/download render activity (Pro jobs only);
  • Help - opens web browser on Help page;
  • About - copyright, version, user information;
  • Clear remote buffer - in case of upload issues, user can wipe out online content. Use with care.
  • Force download - force the service to download ready files, even if some jobs are not finished. Use with care.
  • Disconnect
  • Quit

 

Need more?

There's a more detailed information about usage, costs and known issues in this Ask section. And if you'd need even more - check out the Talk section. There's already plenty of answers and new questions will always be answered.

 

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Service maintenance

SERVICE IS OFFLINE

 

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Questions?

The best place to find help is Help and Forum sections.

Alternatively, contact by e-mail. I'll be happy to answer.

Blender version used by RayPump

Blender (stable): 2.75a
RayPump Server: 1.170