Red Giant have released Universe 1.2, the latest version of their GPU-accelerated effects and transitions for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Sony Vegas. This latest release includes native-style Premiere Pro transitions for CC and CC2014 , full support for Sony Vegas, and 9 new effects and transitions. For full details, you can check out the Red Giant website.
Fabric Engine for 3DS Max beta is now available to those who would like to try it out. Users can simply download the beta package via the Fabric Engine website, unpack the .zip file, open the 3dsmax2014.bat in an editor and modify the last line to point to your installation of 3DS Max. Users can then launch 3DS Max via the batch file, and can request their free Fabric Engine license through the Fabric Engine license page. (Updated) It should be mentioned that Fabric is a technical product that requires some programming knowledge, it is not an artist tool. So please keep that in mind when testing - there are 'artist friendly' things like visual programming coming in Fabric 2.0 next year, but for now you need to be comfortable doing some coding.
The online image editing software originally developed by Ola Sevandersson is now available for desktop PCs and Macs for free. A low-cost Pro version with additional functionality has also been announced. Pixlr was acquired in 2011 by Autodesk. More on Pixlr's website.
Maxon has released the latest version of its flagship 3D software. New features include Reflectance Channels, integrated motion tracker, Poly Pen, enhanced object and material library, plus much more. Check out some videos on Vimeo and find out more on Maxon's website.
Portugal-based Amplify Creations announced the public preview version of their software that allows real-time applications to present scenes without texture limitations imposed by GPU memory limits. Amplify Texture works by slicing textures into smaller tiles and streaming them at runtime depending on the view from the
A short with a child's POV created by students from Spanish school U-tad. It's the first short coming from U-tad's Master in 3D Character Animation program, headed by Illion's David Míguez Blanco and Miguel Ángel Jimenez. Watch it on Filmnosis.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is making its publications available online, which cover a range of subjects related to art. Most of its titles may be read online, searched and downloaded as PDF files. Current book titles that are in-print may be previewed online. More on The Met's website.