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3ds Max sneak peek: Populate User Example - 04/14/13

Check out this short video on youtube for a user example of how features new to 3ds Max 2014 were used to aid the creation of the artwork for Buchanan's debut album, 'Human Spring.' It's a brief rundown of the workflow used to create the final product and how the new 'Populate' feature was used in tandem with the Biped system to create a large crowd of protesters.  This video also highlights the Nitrous Viewport performance improvements in a scene with over 400 unique animated objects, a look at the new '2D Pan and Zoom' tool and the use of State Sets to render out sections of the 'Populate' crowd separately.       Read Full Story


New benchmarks for 3ds Max 2011 performance - 07/18/11

SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2011 benchmarkTwo separate versions, plus huge city scene, serve diverse user needs  GAINESVILLE, Va., July, 2011 – SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released two versions of a new benchmark for performance evaluation of systems running Autodesk 3ds Max 2011.  The professional version of SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011, available for $495 on the SPEC website, contains 58 tests for comprehensive measurement of modeling, interactive graphics, CPU and GPU performance.   It includes a 32-million-polygon city scene that is modeled, rendered and displayed in real time, testing the limits of high-end workst... Read Full Story


Okino Computer Graphics ships its 15th Release of PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max & Maya - 04/27/11

Okino Computer Graphics ships its 15th Yearly Release of PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max & PolyTrans-for-Maya 2012 for CAD, DCC, Skinning, Animation & Architectural File Format Conversions Toronto, Ontario – April 28th 2011 -- Okino Computer Graphics, a leading provider and pioneer of data translation solutions to the DCC/Animation and professional production markets, announced today that its long standing 3D DCC/Animation/Skinning and CAD/MCAD/Architectural conversion software PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max (for 3ds Max 2012 & 3ds Max Design 2012), and PolyTrans-for-Maya (for Maya 2012), are now fully qualified and shipping to customers. This is a general notice to those Okino customers w... Read Full Story

Dodgyrogerscreencap-600x300 announces Project Dogwaffle PD Pro 5.1b - 12/29/10

  Press Release - For Immediate ReleaseTitle:     [PR-News] announces Project Dogwaffle PD Pro 5.1b  Date:     San Diego, CA - December 29, has released a new version of Project Dogwaffle Professional, PD Pro 5.1b. "This is a maintenance release to improve the installation experience", said Dan Ritchie, author of Project Dogwaffle, "but I also wanted to make a few more tools available for fellow animators. This update and the prior 5.1 release pack a load of new features for quickly creating animations and cartoons, and it's fun to create new textures with the new symmetry modes!".  *** What's... Read Full Story


nshatter releases Ruins 3.5 maya plugin - 12/04/10

RUINS is a shatter plug-in for maya , Very quickly and can be precision shatter.In maya, solid shatter It is very difficult to solve, moreover is very slowly, So nshatter developed a new plug-in ruins;Ruins 3.5 can support CUDA and Bullet engine. New UI and can use field to drived rigid body. what's news in Ruins 3.5?# 1 Add the wind field.# 2 Add the goal( magnet ) field.# 3 Add the Curve field.# 4 Support rigid body can follow the movement of parent objects.# 5 Rigid Body and gravity and bounding attribute.# 6 Use Bullet engine.Ruins Slit 1.0:# 1 Ruins_Slit can simulate the effect of ground crack.# 2 Ruins_Slit can simulate the growth of blood vessels.# 3 Ruins_Slit can simulate lightni... Read Full Story


MAXON Announces Immediate Availability of Release 12 of CINEMA 4D - 09/01/10

New Version Extends Dynamics, Rendering, Scripting, Character Animation Capabilities and Company Introduces New Streamlined Product Offerings.   Friedrichsdorf, Germany, September 1, 2010 - MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D software, today announced the immediate availability of CINEMA 4D Release 12, the next generation of its highly-acclaimed professional 3D software application. The comprehensive CINEMA 4D Release 12 builds on more than two decades of 3D graphics development excellence and boasts dozens of new productivity enhancing features including improved rendering, enhanced dynamics, new deformers and superior character animation capabilities ... Read Full Story


iDough - 08/23/10

Unleash your imagination with iDough, the only 3D sculpting app for iPad! Not that long ago the ball of clay was taken from our fingertips and replaced by the binary clicks of the mouse. CrateSoft brings everything that CG has to offer in a very interactive platform. The tools included in iDough (push, pull, smooth, move, pinch, spread, flatten, and symmetry) allow for easy creation of 3D digital sculptors. iDough is as much of a step forward in technology as it is a step backward to a time when we used our hands to create. Read Full Story


New off the shelf Bidirection Constraint - 07/26/10

Hello everybody,   We have developed a bi-directional constraint for Maya and we will be at Siggraph to demo it, collect feedback and connect with people that may be interested in beta-testing it.   Follow this link for a list of features and a few introductory videos. Read Full Story


Video: Adobe’s ‘Content-Aware Fill’ Is Photoshop Magic - 03/25/10

Bryan O'Neil Hughes shows off some rather eye-popping (if we may say so) technology for synthesizing texture inside a future version of Photoshop: this week demonstrated a new trick called “Content-Aware Fill” in a future version of Photoshop, an effect that uses a complex mathematical algorithm to automagically fill in areas when users remove undesired content. In short: Mindblowing. Check it out yourself in the video above. If you’re short on time, skip to the 2:50 mark for the most impressive stuff. Read More Read Full Story


Stonetrip’s 3-D game engine will bring high-quality games to Android phones - 03/18/10

French company Stonetrip has announced today that it has created tools that will enable developers to create cool 3-D games and apps on Google Android phones. The ShiVa 3D engine for Android will be released in a couple of weeks. The engine is a software platform that lets 3-D games run on Android phones. It will compete with the Unity Technologies, whose Unity 3D game engine is used to make a lot of games that run on the iPhone, the web and other paltforms. Sophia-Antipolis, France-based Stonetrip licensed its technology to developer DVide, which ported the game Crusade of Destiny to the Android platform using its engine. The process took less than an hour. The company is work... Read Full Story


Pixelux releases DMM plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2010 (physics simulation) - 12/08/09

Pixelux Entertainment is pleased to announce it's new DMM plug-in release for Autodesk Maya 2010 with an important new feature: « autocage ». This tool automatically builds a cage around any 3D mesh which can then be used with the DMM simulator. No more manual process required, the ability to use any complex 3D mesh, the possibility to change the resolution in one click: physics simulation has never been this easy! Try it out now for free at (30 days trial period). To allow everyone to try this important new feature, we have reset the trial period. Existing users can download this version for an extra free 30 days. About Pixelux Entertainment: The... Read Full Story


i3DTutorials™ releases “Production Instruction with 3ds Max 2010: Volume I ™” - 10/28/09

    i3DTutorials™ releases “Production Instruction with 3ds Max 2010: Volume I ™”Miami, FL - November 2009 – i3DTutorials™ announces their latest training product for Autodesk 3ds Max 2010, “Production Instruction with 3ds Max 2010: Volume I ™". This new offering from the growing i3DTutorials™ library of Autodesk 3ds Max training products, introduces 3D artists to the advanced concepts and production workflows needed to complete complex modeling projects using professional polygon modeling techniques and workflows. Emphasizing production proven techniques and taking users step by step through a demanding production scene that mimics the complex scenar... Read Full Story


Python & PyQt in 3dsMax - 10/26/09

Ok so here we go - we at Blur had released a plugin about a year ago that began exposing Python functionality to Maxscript.... We since decided that it was not good enough. We have developed a way to run Python as a complete replacement of Maxscript in 3dsMax, utilizing Python and PyQt to develop tools, we're hoping to revolutionize the ability to develop fast, efficient and powerful utilities. All the information you need to get going can be found at our new development website: Please feel free to post on the wiki pages for requests, bugs, and comments. Its still very beta and are looking forward to trying to make this the new future of... Read Full Story


TD-College Upcoming Courses! - 10/16/09

TD-College is proud to announce the release of yet another in-depth technical course: The RenderMan Specification in Depth. We thrive on cranking out talented and motivated people who innovate, create and invent new methods and technologies. Our individual courses are for folks who are looking to expand their skills in specific areas or for artists looking to build up some technical chops in CG production. To succeed in this industry, one needs to be self-motivated to learn new techniques and skills. With that in mind, TD-College pairs you up with the big names in the industry to walk you through and polish your craft. In the pursuit to expand our courses, TD-College is proud t... Read Full Story


Mixamo Extends Support for Autodesk 3ds Max Bipeds - 10/14/09

Expanding its technical leadership within the character animation space, Mixamo Inc. today announced support for Autodesk 3ds Max software biped system control rigs, significantly streamlining animation workflow for 3D artists and game developers. Previously relying only on traditional motion-capture and keyframing processes to animate biped characters, 3ds Max users are now able to obtain access to Mixamo’s online collection of customizable, motion-capture quality character motions and bake them directly onto their bipeds. Mixamo accelerates productivity of artists and game developers by allowing the creation of premium 3D character animations up to five times faster than current i... Read Full Story


JefeCheck 1.4 released! - 09/09/09

Startup software developer JefeCorp introduced JefeCheck v1.4, a powerful high resolution image player and review system, designed to run on any of the three major platforms on commodity hardware.After being used in several productions, JefeCheck has proven to be an incredible tool for sequence playback on artist workstations, client computers and screening rooms. JefeCheck works with almost any image format in low or high resolution, playing up to 4K image sequences at 24 frames per second on consumer hardware. Available for Windows XP, Mac OSX and Linux, JefeCheck is positioned as a link between artists, clients, producers and directors with an easy to use interface and a powerful OpenG... Read Full Story


HOUDINI 9.5 FOR MAC OS X - 06/19/08

HOUDINI 9.5 FOR MAC OS XFREE Houdini 9.5 Public Beta available Immediately for download from and continues to support Windows and Linux TORONTO: June 12, 2008 - Side Effects Software, an industry leader in 3D animation and visual effects software, is pleased to announce the planned release of Houdini 9.5 on July 15, 2008. Houdini 9.5 brings the 3D industry's first node-based workflow to the Mac ensuring that 3D artists can collaborate seamlessly in a multi-platform environment. Houdini 9.5 public beta release is available today for download on all platforms. More and more artists are embracing Houdini's node-based workflow for their animation and visual effects projects... Read Full Story


Whats new in mudbox 2010 videos - 08/20/09

Whats new in Mudbox 2010 videos   1 SDK Filters Stencil Photoshop Extraction FBX Wax & Dry Brush Read Full Story


Maya Unlimited Reduced Price and Maya 2008 Extension 2 - 02/19/08

Autodesk Reduces Pricing for Maya Unlimited and Announces Maya 2008Extension 2SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19, 2008 Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) todayannounced reduced pricing for Autodesk Maya Unlimited 3D modeling,animation, and rendering software - the tool of choice for designers andartists working in film, television and games. Autodesk also announcedMaya 2008 Extension 2 software, which provides enhanced creative controlover polygon modeling and UV texturing, as well as significant improvementsto the Maya Muscle toolset. Maya was recently inducted into the GameDeveloper Front Line Award Hall of Fame for its outstanding contribution tothe game development industry."The reduced price o... Read Full Story



JULY 14, 2009 3D modeling software maker Nevercenter has teamed up with modeling pro and educator Glen Southern to produce over nine hours of free video tutorial content including series on fundamentals, box modeling and point modeling.   The three series, which began with postings earlier this year and culminated recently with the launch of the final chapters of the Silo Point Modeling Tutorial Series, are available to stream or download at   As Silo has been my favorite 3D modeling program for some time it follows that I try to teach people how to use it, said Southern, who in the past has produced DVDs that ... Read Full Story


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1st October 2008 Sequencemaster releases new free update - 10/01/08

Sequencemaster Streamline your digital studio New - Free Sequencemaster update  Download here New - Improved Interface - Main menu now works for both sides in dual window mode. New - Online help page per topic - Fast access to help New - Listview masks - List images by name or extension. New - Properties panel  - Image size X Y and File sizes   New Price - Sequencemaster is now only $ 75.00 USD    Overview : Sequencemaster is a sequential image browser with built in multi format player, image utilities and production tools.   PC or USB : Install Sequencemaster on your PC or your USB hard drive or memory stick to... Read Full Story


Autodesk Softimage Free Mod Tool 7.5 is Now Available - 04/26/09

Autodesk Softimage Mod Tool 7.5 is now shipping. The software is a free version of Softimage for noncommercial game creation and is designed for anyone seeking a powerful 3D application to make and mod games. Please visit the link below for more Read Full Story


Nvidia acquires Mental Images (Mental Ray) - 12/13/07

It was pointed out to me that Mental Images is now owned by Nvidia.  I did not find the official press release but you can see the information here on the Nvidia site.  Excerpt from the page:"mental images, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NVIDIA and operates under its brand and leadership team, including founder Rolf Herken as the CEO/CTO, from its headquarters in Berlin, Germany as well as its other worldwide locations in Europe, North America, and Australia. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, mental images has autonomy in running its day-to-day business and continues to serve its customers in the dedicated manner it is known for. mental images develops and serves new bu... Read Full Story


Autodesk announces Motion Builder Extension 2 - 08/07/07

Autodesk Advances 3D Character Animation with Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5Extension 2SAN DIEGO, August 6, 2007 - Autodesk, Inc. today announced the secondextension for its Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 software, the foremostreal-time 3D character animation and 3D storytelling solution for game,film and broadcast production. The second extension delivers enhancedperformance and stability, new features and functionality, as well asadditional platform support for the Intel-based Macintosh operating systemand the 64-bit Windows XP operating system. The extension is planned to beavailable for download to all Autodesk MotionBuilder Platinum members laterthis month.As entertainment pipelines become ... Read Full Story


Pixar to show Renderman Pro Server 13.5 at SIGGRAPH - 08/05/07

Pixars RenderMan at SIGGRAPH 2007 Announcing RenderMan Pro Server 13.5, New Licensing, & Certified Courseware EMERYVILLE, CA (August 3rd, 2007) Pixar Animation Studios (NYSE: DIS), will unveil at the SIGGRAPH 2007 convention in San Diego its latest RenderMan Pro Server 13.5 software, an updated licensing policy substantially increasing render throughput on multi-processor computers, and a preview of Pixars new Certified RenderMan Courseware package. Described by beta testers as one of the most significant RenderMan releases ever, RenderMan Pro Server 13.5 is optimized for batch rendering at the highest levels of performance, memory, and systems efficiency. Among ... Read Full Story


Bareknuckle Sofware Releases ImageWrangler - 09/15/05

AUSTIN, TX - September 15, 2005 - Bareknuckle Software today announced the immediate availability of ImageWrangler, the premier tool for managing image sequences. A time-limited demo is available for download from the company's website. ImageWrangler features an intuitive interface that allows users to quickly manipulate a sequence of images as easily as a single file. It is built on a robust sequence identification algorithm, and is both fast and lightweight. ImageWrangler also integrates seamlessly with most popular image viewers and flipbook utilities. Features include: rename, copy, move and delete images and image sequences easily renumber and "repad" ima... Read Full Story


A52 Creates Elements for RPA's $12 Million Pioneer Campaign - 09/15/06

Andy Hall Directs HD Commercials Created Entirely in CGI, Oversees Design of Campaign's Print/Online Elements   HOLLYWOOD Read Full Story


Pixologic Releases ZPipeline Guides for Maya and XSI - 11/11/05

from Pixologic "The ZPipeline guides written by industry artists guide the novice to advanced user in getting all their ZBrush-rich detail into their 3D animation package of choice." Pixologic has released the first two in a series of pipeline guides detailing workflows between ZBrush and major 3D applications. The first two in this series are ZBrush to XSI by Greg Punchatz and ZBrush to Maya by Scott Spencer. The guides come in a over 30 pages a piece and cover in detail techniques and common pitfalls associated with moving meshes and maps between applications. The Maya guide covers the new 32bit floating point displacement option as well as using ZBrush to generate ... Read Full Story


New After Effects plugin for using RPF motion blur - 08/01/06

Hi people - I just finished developing a plugin for After Effects called RPF Motion Blur. It adds the possibility of adding motion blur to a RPF file rendered in 3DS MAX or other 3D application.I'm looking for people to beta test it; if you guys find a bug, I'll give you a free license!You can download a free demo from http://www.rpfmotionblur.comAlso, a free RPF Viewer application; useful for fast viewing rpf in win xp Thanks a lot, hope you like itGerman Heller3Dar Inc. Read Full Story


Pixar Releases RenderMan Certified Courseware - 01/22/08

The official production focused RenderMan resource for schools and studios EMERYVILLE, CA (January 22nd, 2008) Pixar Animation Studios today released the first version of its RenderMan Certified Courseware created in association with Escape Studios. With contributions from the world's most accomplished visual effects and feature animation studios, Pixar's RenderMan Certified Courseware is the perfect educational resource for everyone from the beginner to the advanced professional. Pixar's RenderMan Certified Courseware is divided into four main categories. The "Fundamentals" section covers all of the key concepts of Pixars core rendering technology. In t... Read Full Story


Pixar Announces unlimited threading, RenderMan - 08/04/09

Pixar Announces unlimited threading,RenderMan Pro Server 15.0 and Tractor1.0Highlights include unlimited threading for all RenderMan ProductsEMERYVILLE, CA (July 30th, 2009) Pixar Animation Studios made three major product announcements to users of the studios Academy Award winning RenderMan software and to every artist and studio creating cinematic quality imagery. The first announcement is unlimited threading across all RenderMan Products, the second is the upcoming release of RenderMan Pro Server 15.0, and the third is Tractor 1.0, Pixars new render management solution engineered for computing networks of unprecedented scale.Unlimited threading will enable studios and artists to ... Read Full Story


e frontier Announces Shade 8 - 09/21/05

Scotts Valley, CA,  - e frontier, formerly Curious Labs, publishers of the popular graphic design software Poser announced today that they have released the electronic download of Shade 8, a new version of its very powerful 3D modeling and rendering software. Shade 8 features network rendering, stronger modeling tools including polygon mesh editing, better integration with Poser, a new Toon renderer, faster Radiosity calculation and an improved Callisto renderer. Shade 8 boxed versions are planned to be available within a week.   Shade imports many popular CAD formats to create sophisticated high-end renderings. The software has been a long-time market leader in Japan for over... Read Full Story


NVIDIA Gelato Pro GPU-Powered Rendering Software Now Freely Available - 05/29/08

NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today announced NVIDIA Gelato Pro 2.2 rendering software, the Companys advanced GPU-accelerated rendering software for professionals, is available as a no-cost download at Well suited for rendering of 3D digital content and design, Gelato Pro software now replaces the basic version of Gelato software, which was previously available directly from NVIDIA. NVIDIA Gelato Pro 2.2 software is extremely powerful GPU-accelerated rendering software and we are excited to support the creative community by making it freely available, said Dominick Spina, senior product manager, Digital Film Group... Read Full Story


Animators Are Some of the Happiest Workers in America, Survey Finds - 10/17/08

Animators Are Some of the Happiest Workers in America, Survey Finds Third-party survey commissioned by reveals career trends in the animation industry     Emeryville, CA October 16, 2008 (Animation Mentor), the leading online character animation school created by animators for animators, today unveils key findings from an animation industry survey that shows a vibrant and healthy workforce with a bright future. Animation Mentor commissioned independent research firm Knowledge Wave International to conduct the survey to gain insight into an insiders view on industry trends, job titles, job satisfaction and salari... Read Full Story


i3DTutorials reduces prices on training materials in December - 12/08/08

i3DTutorials Announces XSI/Autodesk Special Holiday Sale for the Month of December   Miami, FL - December 2008 i3DTutorials, creators of industry leading training products for computer animation software, including SOFTIMAGE|XSI and Autodesk 3ds Max, are kicking off the holiday season with drastically reduced prices on all products. Emphasizing production proven techniques, users are taken through a series of demanding production scenes that mimic the complex scenarios and problems commonly found when producing 3D artwork for production. Learn new features and tools in SOFTIMAGE|XSI and Autodesk 3ds Max that will allow you to take advantage of the latest software tec... Read Full Story


Autodesk Announces Autodesk 3ds Max 2008 - 08/07/07

Autodesk Announces Autodesk 3ds Max 2008 Modeling, Animation and RenderingSoftwareNew Version Makes Working with Complex Scenes Easier Than Ever BeforeSAN DIEGO, Aug. 6, 2007 - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announcedAutodesk 3ds Max 2008 software, the latest version of its out-of-the-boxsolution for 3D modeling, animation and rendering. 3ds Max 2008 enablesartists and designers to overcome challenges associated with large andcomplex 3D datasets. The software has been used to create numerous notableprojects, including visualizations for the EMI Records building in London,the Mass Effect game and the Grindhouse movie. 3ds Max 2008 will beshowcased at the Autodesk booth (#703) during S... Read Full Story


Autodesk Introduces MotionBuilder 2010 Real-Time 3D Character Animation Software - 08/10/09

Autodesk Introduces MotionBuilder 2010 Real-Time 3D Character AnimationSoftwareSoftware Offers Faster Performance, Enhanced Animation Workflows, ExpandedPhysics Capabilities and Improved InteroperabilityNEW ORLEANS, At SIGGRAPH 2009, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK)announced a new version of its real-time 3D character animation software -Autodesk MotionBuilder 2010. This latest release offers faster overallperformance, productivity-enhancing animation workflows and expandedreal-time physics capabilities. MotionBuilder has been used to createnumerous entertainment projects, including "Beowulf," "Gears of War 2,""Shaun White Snowboarding" and "Resistance 2.&q... Read Full Story


Autodesk Introduces Maya Muscle Functionality for Maya 2008 - 12/10/07

Autodesk Introduces Maya Muscle Functionality for Autodesk Maya 2008SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Autodesk, Inc. has launched Autodesk Maya 2008 Extension 1 software, which introduces Maya Muscle functionality into the 3D modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering solution. This comprehensive muscle and skin system, recently acquired from Comet Digital, LLC, allows artists to create life-like skin motion through features that let them precisely direct muscle and skin behavior. The toolset integrates extremely well with the Maya architecture and overall workflow, enabling it to be used in isolation, interconnected with other Maya features, or customized and scaled as needed.Ma... Read Full Story


Autodesk Announces Three New Software Releases for the Mac - 01/07/09

Growing Portfolio of Autodesk Creative Tools for Mac OS X To coincide with the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced today that it has expanded its portfolio of Macintosh 2D and 3D software tools for entertainment, multimedia and design professionals. The three new 2009 products for Mac OS X are Autodesk Toxik procedural compositing software, Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting and texture painting software, and Autodesk ImageModeler image-based modeling and photogrammetry software. As well, 2009 versions of Autodesk Maya 3D modeling, animation and rendering software and Autodesk Stitcher photo-stitching software are already avail... Read Full Story