The new version focuses on improvements to precision, performance and ease of use for lighting management, global illumination and gamma correction as well as color mapping. Enhancements also include the redesign of the Real-time Plus feature with improved performance and greater control. Enhanced gamma correction is closer to real-time renderings, while new shaders allow for glow effects without the need for light emitters.
Other shader enhancements include a diffusion shader, another to create a background horizon, and a final shader to create background lighting. Version 7.8 also adds a new output option that allows the reading and writing of images in PNG format from the program.