FAQ

What is a Seat license?

A seat license authorizes the use of Bella GUI, CLI, and/or any desired plugin(s), on one machine, at any given time. It is not locked to any particular machine or operating system. It is intended for use by artists and content-creators.

This is a perpetual license, which is compatible with any Bella updates released within a year of the purchase date.

What is a Node license?

A node license authorizes rendering with Bella (whether through the GUI or CLI) on one machine, at any given time. It is not locked to any particular machine or operating system. It does not authorize use of plugins, and is intended as a cost-reduced option to enable the creation of a private render farm.

This is a perpetual license, which is compatible with any Bella updates released within a year of the purchase date.

How do I install my license?

The Bella license consists of a small text document (available via the Orders page in your account), which may be installed by copy/paste using the Bella GUI's Help > License Info window, or by creating a text file containing the license text, at <home>/bella/bella.lic.

How do I demo Bella?

There is nothing special to do, as Bella will run in "demo" mode whenever it does not find a valid license on the machine. When this is the case, a few restrictions will be in place:

  • Output resolution is limited to 720p (1280×720, by area).
  • A small Bella watermark is rendered at lower-left on the image.
  • Resume-rendering and merging capabilities are deactivated.
Why is Bella only available for Maya and Rhino?

For various reasons, Maya and Rhino became our first targets -- but they are only the first. Once the Rhino plugin is more full-featured, we plan to move on to plugins for SketchUp, Cinema 4D, and others, as demand dictates.

Is Bella CPU-Only?

Yes, at this time Bella is CPU-only, but as all the code in Bella is very new and modern, we have of course had GPU in mind since writing the first line.

What type of system is recommended?

Bella supports running on 64-bit machines and operating systems only. It is recommended to have at least 8GB of memory, but generally preferable to have 16GB or more. Bella itself is very compact, but using it may involve large files, so you should have plenty of disk space (preferably SSD) available.

For operating systems, we currently support Windows 8 & 10, and MacOS Catalina. Earlier OS versions may work, but we do not officially support them.

In terms of CPU, the recommendation is simply to have as many fast cores as possible. You can tell Bella to use all cores by setting threads to zero, or easily leave some free, to help the OS remain responsive, by setting threads to -1 or -2.

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime (Windows Only)

For plugins that do not use standalone installers (like Rhino's .RHI and SketchUp's .RBZ), we have no opportunity to automatically install the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime upon which Bella software depends.

Your machine may already have the necessary runtime installed, but if not and/or you encounter any malfunction, please install the runtime from the following link:

Version 20.4.0? What?

Bella's public versioning model uses the convention [last 2 digits of year].[bella build number].[plugin build number].

This model is adopted both for its simplicity and technical compatibility with various 3rd-party solutions (installers, etc), and because we wish to pursue continuous development and a hype-free sales model that eschews artificial "major version" release rushes.