Lumion 10 was recently released adding a new high-quality preview mode, 62 high-quality foliage models, displacement mapping, 5 night skies, an Aurora Borealis effect, photo-matching tools, OSM heightmaps, AI Artist rendering, 104 new library objects and more. Learn about the release on the Lumion website.
Software - 3DS Max
Spline Dynamics has released Q-Proxies for 3DS Max. The plugin is designed to quickly create multiple proxy objects to replace high-poly meshes and speed up heavy scenes. The proxies are renderer independent and linked to external .max files which can be opened and edited. Proxies can have modifiers applied, be animated, and if necessary reimported with a single click. Find out more on the Spline Dynamics website.
Update Epic Games has announced that Shave and a Haircut is now free and availability under the Unreal Engine EULA license. In addition plugin for Maya shaders for Arnold, RenderMan and V-Ray are also available. Find out how to download the plugin on the Epic blog. (more...)
Epic games has announced that Unreal Studio, including Datasmith its importer from popular CAD and DCC applications, is to remain free. From version 4.24 onwards, Unreal Studio will cease to exist as a separate product and its features rolled into Unreal Engine. See the announcement on the Epic Blog alongside the announcement that Epic has acquired Quixel.
Edgeofthedesk used their experience in TV and Feature film to create several high quality cloud VDB assets. Two sets are currently available, either individual clouds or several combined clouds. Each asset is available in two LODS. Find out more on Gumroad.
Epic Games has announced the acquisition of Quixel, creators of the Megascans library of photoscanned assets, the Mixer and the Bridge apps. Thanks to this acquisition the full contents of the Megascans library is now free to use with Unreal Engine with no restrictions on downloads per month or resolution. (more...)