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Autodesk 2015 Entertainment Creation Suites last for Softimage

Autodesk 2015 Entertainment Creation Suites last for Softimage

The addition of Bifrost to Maya is a bridge to the future for users who will miss Softimage’s extensibility. Autodesk today announces its 2015 update to its Entertainment Creation Suites, with an emphasis on improving everyday tasks. The release is a milestone for two reasons: Maya LT joins the M&E product line — but not [...]

Autodesk to discontinue Softimage

Autodesk to discontinue Softimage

Three 3D content environments was clearly one too many. Autodesk is offering a no-cost transition to either Maya or 3ds Max. Autodesk today announced the 2015 edition of Softimage will be the last release. Autodesk will start shipping the new version in mid-April 2014, and will offer product support until April 30, 2016. The impending [...]

Autodesk powers new Smithsonian 3D web presence

Autodesk powers new Smithsonian 3D web presence

Custom educational tool gives general public virtual access to rare artifacts and specimens.    The Smithsonian today launches its new Smithsonian x3D Explorer, an interactive 3D-enabled website. Autodesk built the underlying technology exclusively for the Smithsonian to “democratize access” to prized specimens and artifacts. Many irreplaceable objects from the Smithsonian’s vast collection have been digitized, [...]

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Using rendering technology to revolutionize yacht design

Using rendering technology to revolutionize yacht design

Architect Greg Lynn is pioneering a new language of form, taking advantage of real-time ray tracing hardware and software from Imagination Technologies to see light and shadow at the earliest design stages.   The recent America’s Cup yacht racing championship in San Francisco (see “More than a boat race”) brought attention to how the application [...]

Autodesk introduces Maya LT for indie and mobile game developers

Autodesk introduces Maya LT for indie and mobile game developers

The streamlined version of Maya will be for sale as a perpetual license or by monthly rental. Today, Autodesk releases Maya LT, a subset of the popular 3D modeling and animation software. Maya LT is aimed at the indie and mobile game development community, and continues Autodesk’s plan to bring more affordable tools to the [...]

Autodesk to ship Maya and 3ds Max extensions

Autodesk to ship Maya and 3ds Max extensions

XGen from Walt Disney Studios and Python scripting highlight new features being added for subscription customers. Next month Autodesk will roll out an update for subscription users of Maya 2014 and 3ds Max 2014. Normally we don’t make news items out of such updates, but the technology being added to these two particular updates will [...]

Fabric Engine sees five years out

Fabric Engine sees five years out

New Creation Platform allows both custom M&E tools and commercial software to work side-by-side.  Media and Entertainment technol­ogy has followed the same evolutionary path as other industries, from in-house development to high-priced custom products to commodity software—ex­cept that M&E is still transitioning in the direction of commodity software. Fabric Engine targets that transition with tools [...]

Autodesk has plenty to talk about away from the Siggraph show floor

Autodesk has plenty to talk about away from the Siggraph show floor

New management is guiding the M&E into acting more like the rest of the company. A consistent topic of conversation on the Siggraph trade show floor was, “So, what do you think of Autodesk?” The open-ended question wasn’t about new products or big initiatives; it was about Autodesk not having a booth. “Poor leadership,” groused [...]

Autodesk throws a party and skips the booth at Siggraph

Autodesk throws a party and skips the booth at Siggraph

The user group party celebrated CG heroes and new technology. Naiad fluid simulation was shown running in Maya.  Autodesk disappointed the folks a bit this year at Siggraph. Instead of renting their typical large booth this year, Autodesk spent their money more directly on their customers—always a good idea. The company threw a big-bash user [...]

Ambitious Thinkbox expands its range

Ambitious Thinkbox expands its range

At Siggraph Thinkbox introduced a new add-on for Maya and new particle capabilities.   Thinkbox has a wide range of prod­ucts, and in spite of its name, the last thing the com­pany does is fit easily into a box. We sort of imagine the company’s busi­ness meetings going something like this: What if we could [...]