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12
Sep
07

Luxology adds Sculpting and Animation to modo

Products, Animation — Dom @ 11:33 am

modo.jpgLuxology announced the immediate availability of modo 301, the newest version of its artist-friendly 3D content creation software. Available for both Mac OSX and Windows, modo 301 is a milestone release that features new sculpting and item animation, as well as extensive improvements to its modeling, painting and rendering toolsets.modo 301 combines a real-time subdivision surface modeling engine with an artist-focused set of tools that harness sculpting, painting and rendering technologies to speed the creation of world class 3D content. modo is now time-enabled, encouraging designers and artists to explore an unprecedented range of content creation alternatives as well as produce finished animation sequences from within modo or via motion and deformation data from other applications. This unique combination of modern workflow and fused toolsets deliver increased productivity and performance for 3D artists working in a variety of disciplines including product design, architectural visualization, packaging design and a variety of entertainment industries.

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12
Aug
07

Earn bragging rights. Or not..

Products, News — christian @ 10:14 am

Cinebench R10

Maxon Computer, the makers of Cinema 4D and Bodypaint, has released CineBench R10,
their benchmarking software based on Cinema 4D.

The benchmarking software puts your computer through it’s paces and gives you a final score which gives you a clear indication of where your computer stands, compared to other similar setups. It also shows you how you can expect Cinema 4d to run on your computer and hopefully earns you bragging rights on your rig.

The software is a 51 Mb download and contains 64 bit and 32 bit executables for Windows and a Universal Binary for Mac. Get it from maxon.net

11
Aug
07

Softimage|XSI 6.5 this fall.

Products, Visual Effects, Animation, News — christian @ 10:14 am

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Softimage announced the latest versions of its 3D animation software packages: SOFTIMAGE®|XSI® 6.5 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT® 1.8. Softimage also announced plans to repackage its Essentials and Advanced versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 software to meet the specific needs of artists and studios, respectively. The latest version of SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT will offer enhancements for game development pipelines, along with hours of new training material. SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT 1.8 software are expected to be available Fall 2007.

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8
Aug
07

Next-generation Modo 301 coming this summer.

Products, News — mohammad @ 11:16 pm

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A new and evolved Modo 301 is about to be released by Luxology, with two core new features : true-3D sculpting and animation. Additionally, rendering has been updated for easier network setup. Clearly aiming to become more than just a modeling package, Modo 301 is entering the hybrid-modeler-on-steroids market already dominated by ZBrush with Mudbox and Silo following hot on its heels. The package is expected to support both Windows and Mac, with a release before the end of summer.

7
Aug
07

Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max 2008

Products, News — Dom @ 10:16 am

Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk 3ds Max 2008 and Autodesk Maya 2008 software, the latest versions of its out-of-the-box solutions for 3D modeling, animation and rendering. Both applications will be showcased at the Autodesk booth (#703) during SIGGRAPH 2007, being held at the San Diego Convention Center August 7-9.

Autodesk anticipates that 3ds Max 2008 will be available in English in October 2007. The Autodesk suggested retail price for 3ds Max 2008 software is US$3,495*. The Autodesk suggested retail price to upgrade from 3ds Max 9 to 3ds Max 2008 is US$795*.

Autodesk anticipates that Maya 2008 will be available in English in September 2007. Maya 2008 will be supported on the Windows and Linux operating systems (64-bit and 32-bit versions), as well as Mac OS X for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC computers (32-bit version only).

Autodesk suggested retail pricing is US$1,999* for Maya 2008 Complete (Standalone) and US$6,999* for Maya 2008 Unlimited (Standalone). The upgrade price from Maya 8.5 Complete to Maya 2008 Complete is US$899*, and the upgrade price from Maya 8.5 Unlimited to Maya 2008 Unlimited is US$1,249*.

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26
Jul
07

Breakthrough motion capture

Products, News — Dom @ 8:01 pm

MaMoCa of Santa Ana, brings new technology to bear on the motion capture problem. Eliminating the need for traditional “markers” (small white balls usually) and turning the entire studio, in effect, into a giant live 3D scanning device, the actor’s body can be captured in much finer detail (100X number of data points) without any cumbersome special clothing or equipment.

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Yeah I know, the first time I read it, it sounded to good to be true. It seems the The MaMoCa system  automates the process, replacing the markers with a projected grid of light. As an actor moves through the grid, the system’s computer and cameras track the movements of 40,000 to 50,000 points where the grid’s lines cross. The data captured by the system creates a moving digital 3D model. Luis Villalobos, the founder of Tech Coast Angels(which recently funded MaMoCa), estimates that MaMoCa will be competing for a market of at least $500 million. Potential customers, he says, are movie studios and video game makers, which can rake in hundreds of millions of dollars on a single work.

16
Jul
07

New Silo 2.0 - Beta Download Available

Products, News — Dom @ 7:48 pm

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Silo 3D 2.0 is a focused 3D modeling application with the ability to switch between organically sculpting high-polygon models and controlling hard-edged surfaces. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS and now available as a Beta Download for all those interested in yet another great 3D Modeling application. Full feature list available on the official website. More and more companies are jumping on the Beta bandwagon. I like that. Let users test out your products, and release a version with less bugs.

16
Jul
07

NodeJoe Schematic Material Editor

Products, News — Dom @ 7:16 pm

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The new BETA version of NodeJoe is up available online. NodeJoe is a schematic material editor realized as a plugin for 3dsmax™ that allows you a quick, clear and easy way of working with textures and materials. It uses the 3dsmax™ internal data structures to provide compatibility with all the materials and textures that work with 3dsmax™.

The plugin provides an intuitive, clearly arranged graphical user interface to create, analyse and modify materials and textures within 3dsmax™. The working area is zoomable and draggable, presenting an interactive preview of materials, including all submaterials and subtextures, as well as showing their dependencies between each other. You can create connections between different materials by “drawing” directly on to the surface. The integrated automatic layout provides a clearly aligned diagram - at your fingertips.

13
Jul
07

Scenome Modeling Tools Download

Products, News — Dom @ 11:15 am

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Interested in building accurate Terrain Databases? Take a  close look at Scenome. Scenome is full-featured 3D modeling software for building scalable, OpenSceneGraph-compatible terrain databases from DEM and GEOTIFF imagery. Featuring OpenGL rendering, parametric construction tools, fast previews, and simple texturing, it definitely got our attention. Visit the official website and download it for free.

11
Jul
07

Houdini 9 beta download

Products, News — Dom @ 10:43 am

Seems like a free week this week. Side Effects Software just launched a website dedicated to providing the beta version of Houdini 9 Software. The Houdini 9 Public Beta can be run as a non-commercial Apprentice version, which contains all of Houdini Master’s features with a few minor limitations: a small unobstrusive watermark, a non-commercial file format, and a maximum render resolution of 720×576. Click here to download. If your at all interested I’ve also found some video tutorials which might help.