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NVIDIA: NVLink, Pascal, and Iray VCA introduced
At the annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, NVIDIA updated their public GPU roadmap with the announcement of Pascal, the GPU family that will follow this year's Maxwell GPUs. Named after 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal, this next-generation family of GPUs will include three key new features: stacked DRAM, unified memory, and NVLink. NVIDIA NVLink (more) is a high-speed interconnect enabling GPUs and CPUs to share data 5 to 12 times faster than they can today. This will eliminate a longstanding bottleneck and help pave the way for a new generation of exascale supercomputers that are 50-100 times faster than today's most powerful systems. Pascal is due in 2016. NVIDIA also introduced a GPU rendering appliance Iray VCA (more) dramatically accelerating ray-tracing, enabling professional designers to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can largely replace the lengthy, costly process of building physical prototypes. The NVIDIA Iray Visual Computing Appliance combines hardware and software to greatly accelerate the work of NVIDIA Iray - a photorealistic renderer integrated into leading design tools like Dassault Systemes' CATIA and Autodesk's 3ds Max. Because the appliance is scalable, multiple units can be linked, speeding up by hundreds of times or more the simulation of light bouncing off surfaces in the real world. Pricing is $50,000 US, and includes an Iray license and the first year of maintenance and updates. [source]
OTOY previews OctaneRender 2.0, announces After Effects plug-in
During a presentation at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, OTOY Inc. previewed the forthcoming version of its acclaimed OctaneRender software. OTOY also announced application support for Adobe After Effects, demonstrating the ability to import a complete 3D scene into the After Effects timeline which can then be edited in real-time. OctaneRender 2.0 builds on the incredible performance of previous versions, harnessing NVIDIA graphics processing units to dramatically accelerate rendering time. OctaneRender 2.0 will include new features such as displacement mapping, object motion blur, hair and fur rendering, OpenSubDiv surfaces support, rounded edges, improved sky rendering, region rendering, and more. The Adobe After Effects plug-in is expected to be released in the second half of 2014. [source]
V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service Pack 1
The V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service Pack 1 update is now available, adding new features, and support for SketchUp 2014. V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp now also provides the Batch Render Tool which allows the user to render all scene tabs in a SketchUp file with the click of a button. The SP1 also features several key optimizations, including much faster light editing, faster proxy export and creation. optimized memory performance for faster render times etc. [source]
ArtVPS launches Shaderlight 2014
Shaderlight, the popular interactive rendering solution for Trimble SketchUp, has been updated to version 2014 that fully supports SketchUp 2014. The new version enables SketchUp 2014 users to continue rendering with Shaderlight and also provides access to future releases, with free updates until 2015. New users can purchase Shaderlight for $299 US whilst existing customers can upgrade for just $75 US. Educational upgrades are also available to purchase from the website. [source]
SketchUp 2014 released
Trimble Navigation Ltd. released SketchUp 2014, new version of the popular, easy to use 3D modeling tool. From fully-interactive model previews to an entirely new UI, the changes in 2014 are significant. Also added were features for classifying objects and exporting files according to some of the industry;s most common BIM standards; the new LayOut functionality taking care of dates, page numbers, and repetitive text; and speed-optimized shadows as well as vector rendering in LayOut (more). SketchUp Make for Mac OS X and Windows is free, the professional edition SketchUp Pro is $590 US, maintenance and upgrades are $95 US per year for a single user license. [source]
Autodesk rolls out Character Generator
This week Autodesk expanded its cloud offering with the launch of Character Generator, formerly dubbed "Project Pinocchio" - an easy-to-use, web-based application that enables virtually anyone to create customized, rigged and ready-to-animate 3D characters. Once designed, characters can be exported for a wide range of applications - from populating game scenes, to learning animation and modeling, generating models for pre-visualization, design visualization and more. Character Generator requires five cloud credits per high-resolution character download for customers on Autodesk subscription or rental plans. Students and educators receive free access to the product, and a lighter version of the app for creating low-resolution and crowd characters is accessible for anyone to try at no cost. For more information about Character Generator visit charactergenerator.autodesk.com. [source]
Stratasys introduces the world's first color multi-material 3D printer
Stratasys announced the launch of the ground-breaking Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer, the first and only 3d printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing. The printer features a unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials as well as color digital materials - all in a single print run. This ability to achieve the characteristics of an assembled part without assembly or painting is a significant time-saver. It helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster. The Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer is commercially available today. [source]
Autodesk reveals a new simulation tool for designers
Autodesk Flow Design software, formerly Project Falcon from Autodesk Labs, is an easy to use airflow simulator, a virtual wind tunnel. Users without any kind of simulation background can begin seeing and understanding airflow behavior around their model within seconds of starting the application. Providing insight at such an early stage ensures that designers can create their model with airflow in mind from the start, thus encouraging exploration of concept variations to make educated early-stage design decisions. This type of early conceptual understanding can benefit a wide range of users, including vehicle designers; building designers; and consumer product designers who want to see how their conceptual design for, say, a golf club or a helmet, behaves in the wind. Pricing information is available here. [source]
Panasonic introduces world's first 20-Inch 4K tablet
Panasonic announced the availability of the Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 tablet, the performance model of the world's first 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution display. Featuring an Intel Core i7-3687U vPro processor with an NVIDIA Quadro K1000M GPU, and an advanced beyond Ultra HD 4K display providing a lifelike viewing experience, the Toughpad 4K performance model is built to serve as an ideal mobile workstation for professionals in visual-intensive fields such as computer-aided design and video editing. Optimized for the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, the Toughpad 4K bridges the gap between the needs of IT professionals and workers by including unique hardware and OS-based enhanced security features, remote manageability and capabilities designed to increase end user productivity and data protection. The tablet will be available in Spring 2014 at a list price of $6,999 US. The previously announced Toughpad 4K standard edition, featuring an Intel Core i5-3437U vPro processor with an NVIDIA GeForce 745M GPU, will be available in February 2014 at a list price of $5,999 US. [source]
LumenRT 4.4 update available
Available as a free update for all registered users, LumenRT 4.4 adds improved export capabilities for all supported platforms including CityEngine, MicroStation, Revit, and Sketchup. LumenRT 4 Studio is e-on software's comprehensive system for transforming 3D models and designs into rich, nature-filled videos, images and real-time immersive experiences. More here. [source]
The Foundry releases COLORWAY
COLORWAY is a Windows- and Mac OS X-based application that aids creativity and focuses the decision making process, recognizing that a team of people involved in making design decisions have different goals and expertise. COLORWAY streamlines the iterative design workflow bringing clarity and efficiency through fast, non-destructive material and lighting changes in 3D scenes. COLORWAY Presenter is a free, approachable application that enables customers or colleagues to review and control 'looks' in real-time. Clients can also review and make modifications within predetermined material and lighting options. COLORWAY kits are also free and enable users to set up, prepare, render and export scenes for COLORWAY, making it easy to tag materials or lights to be editable in COLORWAY. The application enables to make changes to your 3D scene's colors, textures, decals and even lighting set-ups in real-time, GPU powered environment. The changes are made without the need to re-render, and are stored independently of the source image. [source]
PLE version of Ozone 2014 available
E-on software announced the immediate availability of the free Ozone 2014 PLE (Personal Learning Edition).
WaveLab 8.5 trial and WaveLab 8.0.4 update
Steinberg released a free trial version of its WaveLab 8.
Adobe announces new 2014 release of Creative Cloud
Adobe announced 14 new versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.6
New version of Adobe' photography software Photoshop Lightroom adds support for Nikon D810, Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4 and LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 camers, new lens profiles as well as several bug fixes.
Avid updates Media Composer - Software
Avid just released the first update of Media Composer | Software, since its launch, last May.
Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.0.1 (8.0.1) update
Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.0.1 (8.0.1) update addresses several bugs, adds support for 4K in H.
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