New features in Allegorithmic's 3D painting software include: opacity control, new scripting API options, color management, custom shader UI API, support for Substance Designer 6 features such as text inputs in substance materials, etc. More on Allegorithmic's website.
SideFX has announced the immediate release of Houdini 16. The latest version brings many features, including a new network editor, viewport radial menus, grooming toolset, booleans, new fluid, destruction and terrain tools, and an autorigging system. Changes in the pricing structure offer reduced prices on both permanent and rental licenses. You can check out the new features and download Houdini 16 from the SideFX website.
A new development build (3014) of the procedural terrain creation software is available to registered owners. New features include a major reworking of the River device to fully support multiple rivers and hierarchical river systems, and a usability improvement that lets you view the “before and after” of any device in the 3D view. The developer has also posted a teaser image showing upcoming features. More on the World Machine development blog.
A great experimental short by Ufuk Pamuk with strong CG and compositing work. The artist seems to have studied Alex Roman's work in detail. Created with 3DS Max, V-Ray, Phoenix FD, After Effects and Nuke. Watch it on Filmnosis.
The developers of Cinema 4D have launched a new website dedicated to hosting prototypes of useful features for the software that don't make it into a release or need more testing. The content is developed by Maxon, provided “as is” and free of charge. Feedback from users is encouraged by Maxon so the company can gauge how useful a tool is and how it needs to be adapted to make it even better. More on Maxon Labs' website.
Marc Zimmermann has posted online the graduation short he made during his studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, which features plenty of 3D landscape work, matte painting and simulations. The short was created using Cinema 4D, TurbulenceFD, X-Particles and After Effects. Watch the video on Vimeo and find out more on EpicScapes' website.