A new beta version has been released of the open source renderer aimed at animation and VFX. Version 2.0 includes several significant improvements to the core including improved subsurface scattering, NPR shaders, and new visualisation tools. The plugins see updates too with interactive rendering and AOVs in the Blender addon, volumetric rendering and denoising in the 3DS Max plugin and support for AOVs in Maya. For more information and to download visit GitHub, to find out more about the project you can visit the Appleseed website.
Autodesk has released a new security tool for 3DS Max that removes the recently proliferation of viruses found in Mac files. Called CRP, ADSL and ALC viruses, they can corrupt the 3DS Max environment, cause data loss and instability, and spread to other systems by sharing files. (more...)
Sini Software has released a new beta plugin for 3DS Max that checks and prepares models before export to Unreal Engine. Preflight is aimed at archviz artists who are exporting directly to Unreal or using Epic's own Unreal Studio Datasmith tool to convert scenes. The tool is part of SiNi's Ignite toolset, an expanding suite of utilities that costs £12.50 a month, or as part of their All Access suite that includes SiClone, ProxSi, Scatter, and DiSperse for £15 a month. Find out more on the SiNi Software website.
Parallaxter has announced the public launch of Presenz, a virtual reality tool that can be used to create pre-rendered, still or animated volumetric VR. This technology will allow artists to render spaces with the illusion of free movement and parallax, without the need for a game engine. (more...)
iToo Software has released a detailed tutorial explaining how to create rugs and carpets using Forest Pack and RailClone for interior visualisation. Text and video versions of the tutorial are available on the iToo Software website.
Alex Roman has made available a selection of scenes from his seminal architectural short film The Third & The Seventh. It's hard to believe that the original film is now nearly 9 years old, but to bring things up to date, the files have been amended to use V-Ray 3.6 and Max 2014 or above. The scenes are available individually or in bundles from CGTrader.
3D-IO has announced that Flatiron, its plugin for 3DS Max that simplifies the process of unwrapping, packing and texture baking individual objects or an entire scene, now supports Arnold Renderer. The update is free for existing license owners and Arnold 2.1.9 or greater is required. Find out more on 3D-IO's website.