Pixar's RenderMan turns 25!
Pixar Animation Studios announced a celebration of 25 years of RenderMan and its pioneering contributions to computer graphics, which revolutionized the feature film industry and continues to do so. Used in 19 of the last 21 Academy Award-winners for Visual Effects, RenderMan is the industry standard and has been honored with multiple awards for technological innovation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Originally based on the REYES rendering architecture and the RenderMan Shading Language (RSL), RenderMan has developed into a hybrid renderer possessing a iverse and flexible toolset. This year, Pixar's "Monsters University" and "The Blue Umbrella" are showcasing new levels of photorealism, including major advancements in lighting that are directly attributable to technological breakthroughs in RenderMan's system for creating physically-based global illumination. The upcoming release of RenderMan Pro Server 18.0 builds on this rich new feature set to deliver path tracing, accelerated re-rendering, and geometric area lights. [source]
The Blender Foundation released Blender 2.67b, which contains over 30 fixes since the 2.67a release. A complete list of changes can be read here. Downloads for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows systems are located at this page. [source]
3D-Coat V4 with Live Clay sculpting tools
New version of 3D-Coat, a popular 3D sculpting tool for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, contains many new features, including dynamic tessellation "Live Clay" sculpting tools, new user interface, the ability to paint in emissive and colored specular channels, up to 10x speed increase, painting over voxels/vertices, updated texture baking functions, new spline drawing mode, and more! For upgrade information, visit this page. Full license is $349 US, upgrades are $84 US. A demo version is free. [source]
Steinberg Nuendo 6.0.4
Steinberg's Nuendo has been updated to version 6.0.4. This maintenance update adds over 20 improvements including a better overall visibility of the mixer controls, helpful new options for the loudness meter as well as several ADR improvements. The 6.0.4 update further resolves more than 45 user-reported issues. The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. [source]
New Avid S3L
Avid introduced the new Avid S3L, which delivers the sound quality, performance, and features of Avid live systems in an all-new modular, networked design. The open and flexible system is comprised of a high-performance HDX-powered mix engine running VENUE software and AAX DSP plug-ins, scalable remote I/O, a compact EUCON-enabled control surface, and Pro Tools software for integrated live sound mixing and recording. Avid S3L will be available at Avid resellers worldwide in Q3. Avid S3L starts at $17,995 US. [source]
PhysX support for Microsoft Xbox One
NVIDIA announced support for the Microsoft Xbox One game console with its popular NVIDIA PhysX and NVIDIA APEX software development kits (SDKs). Together, PhysX and APEX provide solutions for collision detection and simulation of rigid bodies, clothing, fluids, particle systems and more, across a wide range of platforms, including desktop PCs, game consoles, and mobile and handheld devices. [source]
Cakewalk's Music Creator 6 Touch now available on Steam
Cakewalk announced the availability of Music Creator 6 Touch on Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and digital entertainment. Music Creator 6 Touch makes it easy to create original music with no musical experience required. Music Creator has all the tools, loops, instruments, and FX needed to create, edit, and mix music, transforming any Windows 7 or 8 computer into a music studio. Musicians can share music with the world by burning a CD or using SoundCloud to post music on Facebook and Twitter. Music Creator 6 Touch was previously available as a download from Cakewalk's store, and now it makes its debut on Steam, for $49.99 US / 39.99 GBP / 49.99 EUR. [source]
Terragen 3 Professional introduced
Planetside Software introduced the next generation of Terragen, its software solution for rendering and animating realistic natural environments. Developed with direct feedback from visual effects vendors using Terragen in major film and TV projects, Terragen 3 Professional includes many new features and performance enhancements to meet the needs of deadline-driven projects. A Linux render node will also be available with Terragen 3 Professional, making integration with existing Linux render farms possible for the first time. New Terragen contains enhanced 3D preview, new ultra-fast, high-detail Global Illumination mode, significantly improved population control including per-instance editing and color variation, support for FBX and other industry-standard data interchange formats, significant performance enhancements for localized cloud rendering, enhanced DEM format and georeferencing support, new spherical camera, depth of field blur, and more. Terragen 3 will be released in July, 2013. [source]
Autodesk Smoke 2013 Extension 1 now available in trial version
Autodesk released a free trial version of Smoke 2013 Extension 1 for Mac.
PipelineFX releases Qube! 6.5
PipelineFX announced the release of Qube! 6.5, new version of its render farm management software.
RealFlow 2013 is here!
RealFlow, the acclaimed fluid dynamics simulation software compatible with all major 3D platforms, has been upgraded to v2013.
Mudbox 2014 updated with SP 1
Autodesk Mudbox 2014 Service Pack 1 addresses quality and stability issues with remeshing (retopology), and Multi-Touch interaction, and includes other fixes across several areas including the Grab Tool.
Maya 2014 Service Pack 1
Autodesk updated the recently released version 2014 of Maya, its high-end 3D animation solution for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Blackmagic Design releases support for Creative Cloud
Blackmagic Design released Desktop Video 9.7.5 software update which adds full support for Adobe Creative Cloud software across its desktop video products.
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