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First impressions, Adobe Max

First impressions, Adobe Max

Adobe Max is probably the most glittery tech conference of them all. Every year, Adobe showcases new tools, new technology, and highlights the creativity of its customers.

By November 3, 2016 Read More →
Modo update streamlines mesh editing in complex models

Modo update streamlines mesh editing in complex models

Modo has long been popular with both media creatives and product designers for its respect of the underlying geometry. The Foundry has made considerable revision to the MeshFusion technology in Modo, replacing its older schematic-based workflow with more modern direct input. The revision is one of several changes just released as Modo 10.2. Modo is […]

By October 17, 2016 Read More →
Qube render farm manager adds cloud support

Qube render farm manager adds cloud support

New support for Katana and Redshift also in latest version. The latest update to Qube render farm management software from PipelineFX makes it easier to manage cloud-based or cloud-assisted rendering jobs. This update also extends render management to video created in a wider range of products. New automation routines in Qube 6.9 simplify the process […]

By October 10, 2016 Read More →
Thinkbox updates Frost for meshing in 3ds Max

Thinkbox updates Frost for meshing in 3ds Max

Enhancements to Frost particle/fluid simulation include support for V-Ray. Thinkbox Software has released an update to Frost MX, its plug-in tool for meshing particles and fluid simulations in Autodesk 3ds Max. Key features of this update include faster performance, integration with V-Ray, and workflow improvements. Thinkbox says the changes in Frost MX 2.0 will double […]

By October 6, 2016 Read More →
Blender stuffs the toy box in new release

Blender stuffs the toy box in new release

Everybody’s favorite free 3D creation suite adds spherical stereo, improves the rendering, rewrites the Grease Pencil feature and more. The Blender Foundation has released a significant update to Blender, the free and open source 3D creation suite. Used by individuals and small studios across the globe, Blender is the only professional-grade software product that supports […]

By October 5, 2016 Read More →
Chaos Group gives Phoenix FD fluid dynamics solver a GPU boost

Chaos Group gives Phoenix FD fluid dynamics solver a GPU boost

Chaos has more going on than rendering. It’s latest version of Phoenix FD is a GPU accelerated fluid dynamics tool that plugs into the leading 3D modeling and animation tools.

By September 29, 2016 Read More →
Flame extension improves interoperability, adds physically based rendering

Flame extension improves interoperability, adds physically based rendering

FBX export has also been improved, along with workflows with Maya and Lustre. The most recent update to Autodesk Flame brings new 3D scene navigation features, new workflows to improve collaboration, better interoperability with other Autodesk products, and more. Flame is Autodesk’s product for video special effects work, with tools for editing, finishing, and 3D […]

By September 21, 2016 Read More →
Maxon and Nvidia sign technical collaboration deal

Maxon and Nvidia sign technical collaboration deal

The agreement facilitates scalable, intuitive, physically based rendering for 3D artists and designers. 3D modeling and rendering software specialist Maxon and graphics hardware leader Nvidia have begun a multi-year technical collaboration that gives Maxon access to Nvidia rendering technology, including its Quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) sampling patent family, Iray ray tracing technology, and Material Definition Language. […]

By September 19, 2016 Read More →
Web + video + virtual reality moving forward

Web + video + virtual reality moving forward

Early developer Bitmovin raises $10.3m in Series A round. Bitmovin, an early player in video infrastructure for virtual reality online has secured $10.3 million in Series A venture capital funding. As in all emerging technology fields, venture capital funding is a key metric to understand how a new industry is taking shape. Bitmovin says the […]

By September 4, 2016 Read More →
Versus is quite possibly the best video introduction for a software update this year

Versus is quite possibly the best video introduction for a software update this year

In 1:28 the main new features of Cinema 4D Release 18 are presented without a word. I was gobsmacked by the new short video (below) that introduces Maxon Cinema 4D Release 18. The trained eye will recognize the new technology, while the rest of us will just appreciate how clever and visually appealing “Versus” is, introducing […]

By August 24, 2016 Read More →