CLO Virtual Fashion has released a preview of features in its upcoming release of Marvelous Designer 9. The video demonstrates new retopology and symmetry tools alongside new subdivision features. There's also GPU acceleration for improved performance during simulations. Watch the video on YouTube.
Peregrine Labs has announced the latest release of Yeti, its Maya plugin for fur and feathers. New features in version 3.5 include Alembic support for both import and export, the move for internal texturing to the OpenImageIO standard, volumetric guides that promise to bring more intuitive results and better control and more. Learn about the new features on Peregrins Lab's website.
A user who goes by the name of S0lly has uploaded a demo of a ray-tracing model running in Excel. The project was created using a model based on the book "The Ray Tracer Challenge" by Jamis Buck. This isn't S0lly's first exercise to implement 3D algorithms in Excel. In the past, he has also released demos of a pseudo and "real" 3d engine. You can see the demo on YouTube and download the source file from Github.
Tutorials - 3DS Max
3D-IO has released a tutorial for Autodesk 3DS Max and Corona Renderer that demonstrates texture baking multiple object or a full scene its FlatIron plugin. Watch it on YouTube.