iToo Software has released a new tutorial for RailClone in which they demonstrate how to create tiled and slate roofs, including hips and ridges. The tutorial covers the principles of using RailClone's clipping features as well as several new features of RailClone 3 such as macros and library presets. Written and video versions are available on the iToo Software website.
Michael Gibson has released a beta version of MoI v4 for existing license holders. The core engine has received a major overhaul to upgrade it to 64bit and on Mac the application is now fully native, no longer using Wineskin. New features are also expected during the beta process and, we'll update this post as they become available. Find out more on the MoI3d forum.
New features in the latest version of the painting and VFX software includes an improved and rewritten brush stabilizer tool that smooths motion for better-looking brush strokes, an improved symmetry panel, OBJ now exports materials and textures, post correction working on curves, allowing artists to change appearances along a path using envelope curve and against a colour gradient, and finally a warp mode for the free transform tool. Howler is currently offered at a 52% discount for $24.99 until the end of November. More on Howler's website.
Toolchefs has released a free personal learning edition of Atoms Crowd, its simulation tool for Maya and Houdini. For more information about licensing, see the Atoms Crowd pricing page (an account is required to download)
According to an article in FXGuide, reliable sources have reported that "Rushes UK staff have been informing their clients that the iconic effects and post house is closing shop". There has been no official comment yet from Rushes, but neither has the rumour been denied. You can read more about this news on FXGuide as well as read a profile of the studio, which started way back in 1977 and first came to prominence in the CG industry with the seminal music video for Dire Straits' Money for Nothing.
Friendly Shade is a new website created by Sebastian Zapata to sell high quality photoscanned tileable textures. Packs can be purchased in up to 16k resolution and include all the maps required to create materials using a PBR workflow. Albedo maps have been delit and free materials are available for popular render engines including V-Ray, Corona, Octane and Cycles. A 40% launch discount is available for 5 days until 17 November using the code BLACKRELEASE. Find out more on the Friendly Shade website.
Igor Tsyba has released a reel of his special effects work for the mobile game Magic Wand. Nearly all of the VFX were created in 3DS Max using Particle Flow and assembled in After Effects. Igor proudly proclaims that 98% of the work was made without the aid of scripts and plugins. Watch it on Vimeo.