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 permanent 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 permanent 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?

For various reasons, Maya became our first target -- but it is only the first. The next plugin on our roadmap is for Rhinoceros, and much of the groundwork for this is already in place. As soon as a stable alpha is ready, it will be made available for any who wish to take part in its development.

From there, we will likely move to a plugin for SketchUp, followed by plugins for other platforms, ordered as demand appears to indicate.

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.

Version 19.3.0? 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.