Corona Renderer for 3ds Max Installation Process

Corona Renderer comes with an automated Universal Installer, which makes the installation process very easy:

  1. Run the Universal Installer.
    Note: If you are using User Account Control (UAC), a security prompt will open – you will need to confirm that the installer can continue. The security window will also tell you if the file you have just run is a certified, genuine copy coming directly from Chaos Czech a.s. (formerly Render Legion a.s.) and does not contain any harmful code.        

  2. Carefully read the EULA and select “I accept the terms and conditions”. Then click “next”.

  3. On the “Install Type” screen you can select:                          

    • Typical 
      Install Corona plugins for all software versions detected, plus the Corona Image Editor (GUI and Command Line versions) and the Corona Distributed Rendering server. This is recommended for most users. It is the fastest, fully automated installation type.

    • Custom 
      Manually choose features to install, and where to install them. This is an advanced installation method, allowing you to choose the specific items to be installed, and their locations. Useful, for example, when you have different 3ds Max versions installed and you want to install Corona Renderer for only one of them, or if you only want to install certain components (such as the DR Server, Licensing Server, Corona Standalone, or the Corona Image Editor).    

    • Unpack files
      This unpacks all the installer files into a specified directory. Useful for advanced users and debugging, for example when installing the plugins manually, or if there were some problems during the installation, e.g. if the installer could not find any host application, then you can unpack the files and copy them manually. For more information on manual installation of Corona Renderer, see: How to install Corona Renderer manually?

  4. The installer will then tell you if your hardware is capable of running the standard full–speed version of Corona Renderer, or the legacy version.
    From Corona Renderer 2 onward, the legacy version will no longer be offered, and you will need a CPU that supports the SSE4.1 instruction set (that is, any processor from within the last 10 years). Here is a list of compatible CPUs.
    From Corona Renderer 3 onward, the Licensing Server and the DR Server will no longer support CPUs without the SSE4.1 instruction set and are now 64-bit only applications (they will not run on 32-bit versions of Windows).

  5. After successful installation you should see the following message: “Corona Renderer was successfully installed on your computer”. Any errors will be marked with a red font.

  6. Before running 3ds Max, make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet.

  7. Start 3ds Max, change the renderer to Corona Renderer, and run a render in any scene (even empty). A window will pop up prompting for activation. Follow the directions on screen to activate Corona Renderer.
    Note: if you need any help with the activation process, or if you need to use some other activation method, see: Activating Corona Renderer for 3ds Max.

Note: If you encounter any problems with installation or activation, please contact us by submitting a support ticket.