Jurassic Park: Origins is a non-profit, fan-made film project that will be a prequel to the original Jurassic Park movie released in 1993. The team behind the film has made available a teaser video. Watch it on YouTube and find out more on the film's Facebook page.
Computerinsel has released a new version of its image editing software with many new features and improvements. PhotoLine features include OpenEXR support, "real" PDF import and export, synchronous move and zoom mode for working with two images in sync, etc. Read about the new features on PhotoLine's website.
Adobe has released a sneak peek of the latest version of After Effects that is set to launch later this fall. New improvements include a redefined interface, native GoPro CineForm codecs, Collect Files for Cinema 4D assets, plus many more. For details on what is to come with this latest release, you can visit the Adobe After Effects website.
Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed a system that can create simulation-ready plants from standard 3D plant geometry in a matter of minutes. It also features plant fracture capabilities, inverse kinematics to easily pose plants, as well as interactive design of plant material properties. More information and sample videos on USC's website.
Epic Games announced that Unreal Engine 4 is now free to use for colleges and universities. The engine can be installed and used on all school-owned computers, and personal copies can be provided free of
charge to all students enrolled in accredited video game
development, computer science, art, architecture, simulation, and
visualization programs. More on Unreal Engine's website.
The developers of Corona Renderer announced the release of its first public alpha version for Maxon's Cinema 4D. It's currently compatible with Windows only but due to numerous requests from users the developers have stated that a Mac version will be available soon. Check out the first images created with this release on Corona's forum and find out more on Corona's blog.