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Turbo Squid Announces Upgrade to cebas' finalRender Stage-1

Turbo Squid has announced the release of cebas' Service Pack 1 (SP1) for finalRender Stage-1, a Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in. SP1 is a free download and provides the following to finalRender Stage-1 users:

* Completely re-designed Distributed Rendering system which gives the user additional control over their render nodes and can handle large scenes far more efficiently.* Adds a new fR-Matte/Shadow material type to give users the ability to do special compositing effects with Stage-1 output.* Provides Level of Detail controls to the fR-Image Global Illumination engine to let users control the density of the GI solution based on distance within their scene, resulting in faster rendering of large vistas as fewer GI samples are taken for objects in the far distance.* Users can now click in the rendering window when rendering with Stage-1 and tell the renderer which bucket should be rendered next.* General speed and performance enhancements and fixes.* Fully compatible with Discreet's 3ds max 6, as well as 3ds max 4, 5 and Viz 4.

Edwin Braun, founder and president of cebas, GmbH worked with Turbo Squid and Discreet to deliver SP1. "SP1 provided us with an opportunity to go beyond normal V1.0 bug fixing. We took this opportunity to really enhance the product. Global Illumination has evolved to significantly increase quality and speed, with control over the LOD. The Distributed Rendering system was completely re-designed and fully supports 3ds max 6."

"The cebas team has really outdone themselves with this service pack," said Beau Perschall, vp of publishing at Turbo Squid. "After such a successful initial release, other developers might have taken a break. But cebas decided to listen to their users, who are very vocal about what they wanted, and immediately set about expanding their technology. They went to great lengths to provide many requested enhancements to finalRender Stage-1, and I feel have further strengthened a very robust product."

As part of the Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in Program, Discreet and Turbo Squid work together to select third party solutions that bring value to 3ds max artists. These plug-ins are subjected to stringent testing procedures defined by Discreet to ensure each plug-in works well with 3ds max software and other Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins, which are backed up by an online support system implemented by Turbo Squid. For more information on Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins visit: www.turbosquid.com.

Founded in January 2000, Turbo Squid is dedicated to the management and distribution of digital assets and other relevant content for 3D and 2D designers and creative professionals. Turbo Squid provides a global market for digital assets by enabling individual and corporate users to list, promote and sell their content to users around the world. In 2003 Turbo Squid was named as the exclusive publisher and worldwide distributor for the Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in Program. Turbo Squid is a privately held company with financial backing from Advantage Capital Partners, The Eastman Kodak Company and Intel Capital.

Discreet (www.discreet.com) provides award-winning solutions designed for digital media creation, management and delivery-across all disciplines from film and television visual effects, color grading and editing to animation, game development and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc, a world leading design and digital media creation, management and distribution company.

Hiedelberg, Germany-based cebas Computer GmbH is a developer of advanced 3D software for 3ds max and other 3D applications. More info is available at www.cebas.com.

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