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AMD GPU powers new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

AMD GPU powers new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

Apple Watch haptic feedback, big fast SSD, and a real GPU. If you do video editing in Final Cut Pro X, or rendering of 3D images in pro graphics apps, Apple feels your pain and has updated the popular 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new MacBook comes with a new Force Touch trackpad, faster […]

The Foundry has a new majority owner

The Foundry has a new majority owner

London private equity firm HgCapital pays $312 million to add The Foundry to its Technology, Media & Telecommunications group.  The Foundry, best known for its creative media products Modo and Nuke, has a new majority owner. London private equity firm HgCapital has paid £200 million ($312 million) to take over majority ownership from The Carlyle […]

Moore’s Law turns 50; Gordon Moore worries that US is losing its edge

Moore’s Law turns 50; Gordon Moore worries that US is losing its edge

Intel celebrates the semi-centennial of Moore’s Law with events highlighting the work of the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation. Moore says he’s been surprised by how well his prediction has held up over the years, but he’s disappointed that the US seems to be losing interest in investing in pure research.

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

The new bridge makes the popular renderer available inside the C4D interface. Solid Angle has released connector software that allows its popular Arnold ray tracing renderer work inside 3D modeling and animation software Maxon Cinema 4D (C4DtoA). Arnold is an advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer purpose-built for feature-length animation and visual effects. Originally co-developed […]

GPU shipments down in first quarter

GPU shipments down in first quarter

All three major vendors of graphics processors saw declining sales except in their notebook models. Shipments of graphics processors (GPUs) followed the general PC market during the first quarter of 2015, with lower sales. But GPUs for notebooks bucked the trend, says Jon Peddie Research (JPR) in its GPU market update for the first quarter […]

Create a trailer for Siggraph

Create a trailer for Siggraph

A new contest for students seeks “imagination to tell a unique story” about Siggraph 2015 The Siggraph Education Committee is looking for the next great team of computer graphics artists to create a film-style trailer (preview) for Siggraph 2015. The Siggraph Trailer Contest draws inspiration from a similar contest run by the FMX conference. The […]

Lightmap HDR Light Studio update adds 80 features

Lightmap HDR Light Studio update adds 80 features

A new user interface and new preview renderer enhance this “click to render” system. Lightmap is now shipping a major update to its “click to render” lighting software HDR Light Studio. Version 5 features an overhaul of the user interface, support for new 3D formats, and a new preview renderer. HDR Light Studio is designed […]

Graphisoft opens door for importing Rhino models

Graphisoft opens door for importing Rhino models

The link allows two ways to bring Rhino models into ArchiCAD. A leading Japanese architecture firm helped build and test the technology. Architectural software developer Graphisoft has teamed with the popular industrial design tool Rhino to create new connection technology between the two products. The connection enables ArchiCAD users on both the Mac and Windows […]

Microsoft and allies launch 3MF Consortium for 3D printing

Microsoft and allies launch 3MF Consortium for 3D printing

In a bid to accelerate the 3D printing market, eleven companies have formed a consortium to promote, distribute, and maintain the open source 3D printing format 3MF.  Two years ago, Microsoft announced its intention to “fix” 3D printing by enabling 3D printing from within Windows just like conventional printing; to make 3D printing as easy as hitting […]

New TurboPDF from IMSI/Design makes PDF-based workflow more affordable

New TurboPDF from IMSI/Design makes PDF-based workflow more affordable

$99 for professional PDF creation, editing, and management. For years CAD vendor IMSI/Design has supported PDF as an output from its various design products. Now it has taken its knowledge of PDF one step further and written a new program for creating PDF documents and integrating them into a business workflow. New TurboPDF is useful […]