Digieffects Acquires Buena Software from Toolfarm
Digieffects LLC, a developer of popular plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro, announced the purchase of Buena Software from Toolfarm. The Buena Software plug-ins (Au Naturel
- 32-bit per channel floating point linear RGB color space, Depth Cue -
depth effects for 3D layers, Swatch Buckler
- floating color palette for the AE GUI and Effect Essentials -
video effect plug-ins providing 'essential tools' for productivity and creativity) will be offered from Digieffects with lower prices immediately: Effect Essentials and Au Naturel will be combined into one package called the Buena Effects Pack
. The suggested retail price of this new package is $199 US (formerly $249 and $149 US respectively). Depth Cue
will remain a standalone plug-in with the same suggested retail price of $199 US. Swatch Buckler
is now available as a free download from Digieffects' web site
(formerly $49). [source]
NVIDIA transforms today's workstations into
NVIDIA announced a new class of processors based on a revolutionary new GPU. Under the NVIDIA Tesla brand, NVIDIA will offer a family of GPU computing products that will place the power previously available only from supercomputers in the hands of every scientist and engineer as today's workstations will be transformed into "personal supercomputers." The Tesla family of GPU computing solutions span PCs to large scale server clusters and includes: NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Processor (a dedicated computing board that scales to multiple Tesla GPUs inside a single PC or workstation. The Tesla GPU features 128 parallel processors, and delivers up to 518 gigaflops of parallel computation.); NVIDIA Tesla Deskside Supercomputer (A scalable computing system that includes two NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and attaches to a PC or workstation through an industry-standard PCI-Express connection.); and NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Server (A 1U server housing up to eight NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, containing more than 1000 parallel processors that add teraflops of parallel processing to clusters.). The product line also features a complete software development solution NVIDIA CUDA that includes a C-compiler for the GPU, debugger/profiler, dedicated driver, and standard libraries for Linux and Microsoft Windows XP systems. See the Product Overview or Technical Brief documents for more information. [source]
Sapphire Plug-ins v4 for Autodesk Systems
For years, GenArts Sapphire plug-ins were regarded as one of the most sophisticated yet easy to use high-end plug-in package available in the visual effects industry. The newly announced Sapphire Plug-ins version 4 for Autodesk compositing and editing systems features over 45 new effects (including FilmDamage, FilmEffect, DeinterlaceAuto, ZDefocus, Cartoon, and many more), plus many enhancements and new parameters to existing effects in the package (LensFlare has 14 new Flare Types, Layer includes many new blend modes, Glare includes 4 new Glare Types etc.). Upgrade prices range between $1800 (Flint / Smoke SD) and $4800 (for Inferno with 8 render nodes), you can also request a Free Trial license before purchasing or download a full version (for Linux or IRIX) which renders a protective watermark to the output unless you have a license... [source]
Developer version of Fusion 5.1 available
eyeon released the developer version of their award-winning, desktop compositing application, Fusion 5.1. It is a streamlined version with no image processing abilities from the Fusion toolset, allowing developers to load and test their plug-ins without acquiring a full license of the software. You can get the Fusion 5 Software Development Kit here (the new SDK does not require you to be signed in to your account, nor does it use a specific developer ID) but the developer version must be requested by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. [source]
Sibelius 5 comes with Ideas Hub, a new way to organize musical ideas
Sibelius Software announced the fifth version of their best-selling music notation software. New in Sibelius 5 is the Ideas Hub feature which makes it easy for users to capture, tag, find and bring together their musical ideas. Composers can quickly capture snippets of music they have written, tag them with keywords - such as, 'violin', 'tremolo', 'minor' etc. - and then find them again in an instant. Sibelius 5 also comes with Sibelius Sounds Essentials as standard (a 2GB collection of sounds selected from top libraries by Garritan, SonicVox and Tapspace), as well as with VST & Audio Units support; SoundWorld (new way of categorizing sounds), and Panorama (offers a clear, wide view of music that enables faster composition and easier revisions) features; new elegant music font Reprise; and many more. For more information about new features, watch the Sibelius 5 Movie; or download the demo version here (requires registration)... [source]
Schoeps releases their 'Double MS Tool' for free!
Schoeps, a German legend in the field of professional microphone design, released a free VST Windows-only plug-in, that: "[...] enables customized and intuitive decoding of the three signals of the Double M/S system." Double M/S technique uses one Figure-of-8 and two (Front / Rear) Cardioid microphones for a three channel recording which can be later decoded to a 5.0 surround mix. You can get the plug-in here (requires registration). Don't forget to download the audio samples (or directly: Beethoven Piano Concert, and Ambience) kindly provided by Schoeps, as well as their Surround Brochure, and a PDF version of the Resolution 04/2007 article dedicated to the usage of the plug-in. Thank you, Schoeps! [source]
New versions of Trapcode plug-ins coming this summer
Trapcode, Swedish makers of acclaimed After Effects (and compatible) plug-ins, announced plans to release new versions of their products this summer. Particular, Lux, Sound Keys and Echospace will be released in Universal Binary versions (as free upgrades), Shine, Starglow and 3D Stroke will be upgraded to new versions with new features (Float/HDR support, compatibility w/new hosts: Avid, Motion, FCP and PPro). These will be available for Mac OS (UB) and Windows (See this page for information on upgrade policy). [source]
SpaceTime: Search eBay, Google, Yahoo!, Flickr and Images all in one 3D space
A new web search application emerges - from the New York-based developer SpaceTime comes the same-named application that enables searching, shopping and browsing Google, Yahoo!, Flickr, eBay and more in a 3D environment. SpaceTime is a free application (currently in beta) for Windows 2000 or higher and can be downloaded here (or here directly). The Mac version is coming soon. [source]
New PostScript Drivers for Windows Vista
Adobe announced new PostScript Driver software for Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Office applications. With it, customers can use their existing PostScript printers while obtaining higher quality print output from Microsoft Office applications (Adobe says the driver delivers higher quality print output for Office files with transparency and gradients than printing the same files using the standard PostScript driver bundled with Windows). The driver is expected to ship to Adobe OEM printing partners in July 2007. [source]
Eventide releases a new Fission plug-in
Eventide released Fission, the first product to feature its seminal Structural Effects method for cleanly and completely separating the transient and tonal components of a sound in a patent-pending approach which makes it practical to modify the individual components independently. The algorithm makes use of frequency-and-time-domain-sifting to, in effect, deconstruct a sound. Fission features multi-effects for the transient and tonal sections enabling modifications from the subtle to the bizarre. It's a new tool for working with classic effects like delay, EQ, and reverb; and a looper's dream. It's also a new tool for traditional, utilitarian uses. Fission is available now (as an AU/AAX/VST plug-in for Mac OS 10.7+ and Windows 7/8) for 45 days at an introductory price of 97 USD -- rising to an MSRP of 179 USD thereafter. [source]
CINEMA 4D Service Release 18 (SP2)
This new service release improves stability and performance of Maxon's CINEMA 4D software for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering.
Magic Bullet Suite 13.0.2 adds support for HitFilm Pro 2017
Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet Suite of visual effect plug-ins has been updated.
Native Instruments FORM 1.1 update
Native Instruments released FORM 1.1, a significant update to this distinctive sample-scanning synthesizer.
Steinberg VST SDK 3.6.7 with Linux and Open Source support
Steinberg released version 3.6.7 of their software development kit for VST.
Chaos Group releases Phoenix FD 3 fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya
Chaos Group released Phoenix FD 3 for Maya, a major update to its all-in-one fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya.
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