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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


Free SpiderMan Rig - 05/07/15

Free SpiderMan Character RigSpiderMan Character Rig by Matthew Lowe Just Finished with a 2 week side project rigging my childhood obsession Spider Man. He was rigged using AutoDesk Maya 2016. Please let me know what you think and if you're an animator please feel free to snag the rig from my website. Read Full Story


Rapid Rig: Modular for Maya. A new procedural rigging toolset. - 12/28/13

  In development for over two years, Rapid Rig Modular wraps up the experiences and discoveries its author Dustin Nelson learned in creating Rapid Rig: Advanced and has condensed it down, and added new features to be incredibly flexible. Rapid Rig: Modular will allow you to build a rig working with components, starting only with the root system. RRM will then allow you to add on to that initial root system with anything you like. As an example, if you want to have a character with more than two legs, or two arms, just add those in. The new system will allow you to build a complete and customized rig from scratch, starting with only a root you are able to add splines (for spines,... Read Full Story


Ruins Shatter Matter Plugin updated - Ruins 4.5 - 09/25/12

RUINS is a shatter plug-in for maya Very quickly and can be precision shatter.For more information visit 4.5 can support OPENCLand PHYSX3.2.1 accelerated.... New UI and can use field to drived rigid body.what's new in ruins 4,5 ?1 Support OpenCL, What's OpenCL ? OpenCL is the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices. OpenCL (Open Computing Language) greatly improves speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous market categories from gaming and entertainment to scien... Read Full Story


Autodesk releases cloud-based capabilities for designers - 10/03/11

Subscription customers gain exclusive access to design optimisation, visualisation and collaboration in the cloud 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company Autodesk has launched Autodesk Cloud, a collection of more than a dozen Web-based capabilities, products and services. The new offering would enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power, said the company. In addition, Autodesk Subscription customers will now have exclusive access to cloud-based rendering and design optimisation, and enhanced collaboration capabilities, said Autodesk. The company added that Autodesk Subscri... Read Full Story


Adobe Launches a Series of New Touch Apps - 10/03/11

To help launch its Adobe Creative Cloud solution, Adobe Systems has delivered a series of new touch enabled apps for tablet users.To help kick start its new Adobe Creative Cloud initiative, Adobe Systems announced a series of Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six, intuitive touch screen applications, designed for Android tablets and Apple iPad that enable users to explore ideas and present their creativity on touch devices.During an Oct. 3 keynote announcing the news, Adobe’ CTO Kevin Lynch, said the new Adobe Touch Apps were inspired by Adobe Creative Suite software, and they bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users. The apps address multiple areas of the creativ... 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


Ruins 4.0 - 10/30/09

Update to 4.0 : Ruins 3.5 update to Ruins 4.0: 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 ruins3.0 to ruins3.5: FREE 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 lightning. 4 Support windows, Linux, Mac OS. 5 If you pruchase Ruins3.5+slit1.0 , only need 399$, save100$.Ended December 24! Support System platform: Windows: Linux: Mac OS: RUINS is a shatter plug-in for maya , Very quickly and can be precision shatter.In maya,... 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


Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5.5, New System for Updates - 04/14/11

This week, Adobe announced the release of Creative Suite 5.5- their software collection for graphic design, video editing, web development, and so much more. It wasn't just the software that has gotten a face-lift, but the whole system surrounding it. Adobe also made clear that it plans to introduce new versions of Creative Suite every other year, or on a 24 month rotation, while also releasing "significant mid-cycle releases" in between to keep up with any changes. In addition, Adobe has revealed a subscription type plan for the software, allowing a month-by-month or yearly payment and usage plans. "Our design suites have helped publishers set the standard for what readers an... 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


Cinema4D: Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" Interactive Online Experience - 07/08/10

Using C4D, 3D Artist Brian Stark Turns Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” Into an Interactive Online ExperienceBy Meleah MaynardGiven the western-themed look most commonly associated with Stephen King’s epic “The Dark Tower” series, 3D artist and interactive producer Brian Stark knew he was taking a chance when he suggested “blowing the dust off the brand and making it more reflective of the post-apocalyptic world” King’s characters inhabit. But Stark, a longtime fan of the author’s work and founder of New Jersey-based Metro DMA, was confident that this was the right way to go. He should know. In 2004 Stark worked with King on the c... Read Full Story


Houdini 11 Sneak Peek - 06/04/10

Kim Davidson introduces Houdini 11 with some exciting new demo videos showing key features. From dynamic fracturing to FLIP fluids to hardware rendering to shading and lighting improvements, there is a little bit for everyone.At the end of the article is a link to our SIGGRAPH launch event in Los Angeles. Be sure to register if you are interested in joining us as we celebrate the new version with the community.Check it out Read Full Story


Okino ships its 14th Yearly Release of PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max & Maya - 04/28/10

Toronto, Ontario – April 27th 2010 -- 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 2011 & 3ds Max Design 2011), and PolyTrans-for-Maya (for Maya 2011), are now fully qualified and shipping to customers. PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max and PolyTrans-for-Maya have provided the defacto conversion systems for 3ds Max and Maya, since their original software releases, that allows these programs to freely exchange 3D scene data with all key 3D software p... 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


Artists Use CINEMA 4D to Make Graphics Packages for 2009 Creative Arts Emmy, VMA - 01/21/10

Artists Use CINEMA 4D to Make Graphics Packages for 2009 Creative Arts Emmy, VMA and CMA Award Shows By Meleah Maynard New York-based Mantra Design has been making graphics for the Country Music Association Awards for the past three years. For November’s show, they used MAXON’s CINEMA 4D and Adobe After Effects to create performance looks for 13 different artists, including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker. The goal, says Anna Toonk, a senior producer at Mantra, was to come up with content that supported and enhanced the artists’ songs without overwhelming their performances. Christopher McCard, a designer and animator at Mantra, used Ill... 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


NCIS, CSI: NY, House, True Blood: Autodesk Software Fills the Air - 11/05/09

Post-production houses regularly turn to digital entertainment creation software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), to help bring movie-like visual effects into millions of homes in this season’s most-watched television programs. Highlights include a 3D video game universe in “House,” the evocative color finishing of “Mad Men” and the UEFA Europa League rebrand. Ascent Media, which provides creative and technical services through its worldwide network of media facilities, including Encore Hollywood, RIOT and Level 3, uses a combination of Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Inferno visual effects software, Autodesk Lustre color grading software, Autodesk Smoke edito... 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


Noviture releases extensive Maya model catalog for Protein structures - 10/08/09

Date: Oct 8, 2009 releases extensive Maya model catalog for Protein structures We are pleased to announce the release of Maya model catalog for over 55,000 Protein structures. We have been frequently requested by artists, animators and scientists for this resource and now we are pleased to share this with everyone. We have three types (Premium, Standard and Basic) of models available for each protein structure. Premium models are $9 each, where as the fully functional Standard and Basic models are free to download. We would like to invite you to visit our website at and search / browse our catalog, download models, take a peek at the render gallery, watch the... 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


Autodesk Mudbox 2009 is now available for the Mac OS X platform - 04/27/09

Autodesk Mudbox 2009 is now available for the Mac OS X platformAutodesk has announced that Mudbox 2009 for the Mac is now available. Designed by professional artists in the film, game, and design industries, Mudbox 2009 combines a highly intuitive interface with a powerful toolset of stencils and brushes for creating ultra-realistic 3D characters, environments and props. The software gives artists the freedom to create 3D digital artwork as if they were working with clay and paint. Mudbox 2009 for the Mac OS X contains the same powerful creative toolset as the Windows release. For more information, visit a free trial at 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


Real Pets to the Rescue in Bud Light "Snowed In" Spot - 02/09/07



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