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Massive Hires Kevin Mannion, Former Legion CEO

Press Release from Massive Software

Auckland, NZ (April 16, 2009) -- Massive Software, developer of the Academy Award-winning 3D animation software for AI-driven characters, today announced the appointment of Kevin Mannion as VP Product Strategy and Israel Cooper as Director of Finance.

Autodesk Headline News

NAB 2009: Autodesk Presents Visual Effects Software

Press Release from Autodesk, Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 14, 2009 -- Autodesk, Inc., will participate in the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, April 18-23, 2009. At NAB, Autodesk expects to unveil a new product and showcase its latest visual effects, finishing, color grading and animation solutions for film, television and commercial post-production.

Autodesk Product ShowcaseAt the Autodesk booth SL2120, NAB attendees can see demonstrations featuring the following products:

Painting Headline News

Blacksmith3D Launches New 3D Painting, Morphing & Modeling Software

Blacksmith3D, an independent 3D graphics design applications company, has launched a new version of its 3D painting, morphing and modeling software: Blacksmith3D-Suite v3.2, allowing easy integration with 3ds Max and featuring Alpha Mask Support.

Offering a large variety of painting and image editing tools, as well as easy to use morphing and bonus modeling tools; this package was designed to streamline 3D texturing and painting workflow and intended for artists to paint textures directly onto the 3D models utilizing smooth continuous brush strokes.

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mental ray 3.7+ Will be Integrated into Autodesk 3ds Max 2010

mental ray 3.7+, the photorealistic rendering software that now utilizes MetaSL universal shader language to easily and efficiently create and deploy shaders across platforms, will be integrated into Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 software.

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PipelineFX and BOXX Partner to Provide Turnkey Render Farm Solution

PipelineFX, makers of Qube! software, the render farm management software for film and post production, product design, game development, and digital media education around the world, has announced a partnership with Texas-based BOXX Technologies to bundle Qube! with BOXX render servers for a low-cost, turnkey render farm solution.

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BOXX Adds mental ray 3D Rendering Software

BOXX Technologies has added mental ray Standalone to its line of bundled professional software applications. mental ray, developed by mental images, is an industry standard 3D raytrace rendering software that produces photorealistic images for a broad range of uses from stylized visualizations for architectural visualization to 3D animation and visual effects for use in film and television.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk at GDC 2009: From Technical to Creative

At the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC), Autodesk will showcase its latest middleware and art creation tools for building innovative game experiences. Daily presentations at the Autodesk Booth (#5716) will highlight how the company's solutions have helped artists create AAA titles, such as FIFA SOCCER 09, WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING, PRINCE OF PERSIA and JAMES BOND: QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Industry visionaries and technology experts will also host four free Autodesk MasterClasses and six free Autodesk-sponsored training sessions during the show.

Production Headline News

Tweak Software Hires Alan Trombla as Director of Product Development

Tweak Software, developers of RV, the image and sequence viewer for animation and visual effects, have hired visual effects industry veteran Alan Trombla. Trombla, who has worked at all levels of visual effects and digital animation production from writing software and managing large engineering teams to lighting shots and leading CG productions, joins Tweak Software as Director of Product Development.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Announces Three New Software Releases for the Mac

To coincide with the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Autodesk, Inc. announced Tuesday that it has expanded its portfolio of Macintosh 2D and 3D software tools for entertainment, multimedia and design professionals.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Nov. 24, 2008

This week in AWN's Forums, a newbie to animation wants to know the best 2D animation programs. Discussion continues on the aspect ratio on animation software. A member wants to know the best way to set up a Flash movie for eventual broadcast or screening. Have some advice on becoming a voiceover actor? A member is looking for advice. Help out a member choosing which 3D software to use for a feature film. A junior at the Savannah College of Art and Design is looking for a summer internship. Got some cool links to Christmas animation? Post them now!

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Okino New Partner In AGI's STK Software

After 10 years of collaborative activity, AGI Affiliated Product Partner Okino Computer Graphics announced that a secondary, complementary data conversion pipeline in Okino's PolyTrans|CAD (using the COLLADA format) gives STK users the ability to evaluate the new COLLADA model import (beta) capability of AGI's STK software. For over ten years Okino has been a primary provider of cost effective and robust 3D data translation software to STK users around the globe.

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NVIDIA Announces Strategic Partnership With MotionDSP

NVIDIA Corporation has formed a strategic partnership with MotionDSP, an emerging leader in digital video software applications and a new NVIDIA CUDA ecosystem partner. MotionDSP relies heavily on the computation power of NVIDIA CUDA technology to accelerate its breakthrough video enhancement software that significantly improves the visual quality of consumer-created videos.

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NVIDIA CUDA 2.0 Released To Production

NVIDIA Corporation has announced the production release of CUDA 2.0, the latest version of its C language programming environment for GPUs that enables software developers to tap into the massively parallel architecture of the GPU for the acceleration of complex computational problems.

This latest production release of the CUDA software suite includes support for 32 and 64-bit Windows Vista and Mac OS X as well as 3D textures and hardware interpolation to increase the efficiency of applications such as medical volume reconstruction and oil and gas seismic computing.

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Autodesk Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary Of Maya 3D Entertainment Software

From Yoda and Gollum, to King Kong and The Hulk, many of the most memorable digital creatures and characters were born in Autodesk Maya software. Celebrate Maya software's 10-year anniversary with Autodesk.

Visit http://area.autodesk.com/maya_anniversary to learn more about how the software was used to create some of the past decade's favorite films, games, TV shows and commercials.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk 2009 Software Announcements From SIGGRAPH

Autodesk unveiled a plethora of new software for 2009, including Maya, MotionBuilder, Toxik, Stitcher Unlimited and Image Modeler, at SIGGRAPH on Monday evening.

Autodesk Announces 10-Year Anniversary Release of Maya Software

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e-on Software To Preview Vue 7 Professional Solutions At SIGGRAPH 2008

e-on software, makers of Vue, a solution for natural 3D environments, will be showcasing key new features for Vue 7 (scheduled for release later this year) in Los Angeles, during SIGGRAPH, August 12-14, 2008, at booth 1129.

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New Maya Plug-in, Mocap Wireless Glove and Synchronization Software At SIGGRAPH

Immersion Corporation, manufacturer of 3D and motion capture hardware and software, will be demonstrating its latest offerings at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, August 12-14. Immersion's products help speed 3D modeling, motion capture, and animation workflows -- resulting in more cost-effective and higher quality productions.

The new products to be featured in booth 1422 are:

MicroScribe Connections for Maya Plug-in

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Tweak Software's RV Adopted By Lucasfilm

Tweak Software, developers of RV, the image and sequence viewer for animation and visual effects, announced that Lucasfilm Ltd. has selected RV as its playback tool of choice. RV will replace Loupe, the legendary playback software originally developed at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), and used at sister companies Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, and LucasArts.

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Softimage Announces SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Software

Softimage will release SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the latest version of its professional 3-D animation software for games, film and television in Q3 2008. SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 software will introduce a transformative open platform called ICE, designed to capture the infinitely creative vision of content producers.

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Tweak Software Launches RV Playback Software

Tweak Software is releasing RV, the company's first commercially available software package. RV is a highly customizable cross-platform image and sequence viewer that is capable of playing back uncompressed film resolution clips.

Free downloadable trial versions of the software are available upon request at www.tweaksoftware.com.

RV is a real-time, film resolution, high-dynamic-range image and sequence viewer for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The application can play back uncompressed film resolution sequences, and includes native support for stereo 3-D.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Debuts Korean Version Of 3ds Max Software

Autodesk today began shipping a Korean version of Autodesk 3ds Max 2009 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2009 software. To meet the needs of a growing 3-D community in Korea, this version offers a translated user interface, as well as Korean product documentation and training materials. 3ds Max 2009 and 3ds Max Design 2009 software are also available in French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and English.

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NVIDIA Gelato Pro GPU-Powered Rendering Software Now Freely Available

NVIDIA Gelato Pro 2.2 rendering software, NVIDIA's advanced GPU-accelerated rendering software for professionals, is available as a no-cost download at www.nvidia.com/gelatozone.

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.

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Luxology Sponsors Free Training Session, Nominated For fmx Award

Luxology, an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software, will host a training seminar entitled "modo 302 Software for High Quality 3D Content Production" at fmx/08.

The session will feature Luxology's Learning Tools Division Manager, Andy Brown, and will focus on rapidly creating a concept vehicle using modo. Free to all fmx/08 attendees, the modo 302 training session will take place on Monday, May 5 from 5-6 p.m. in the Heilbronn Room at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. For more information, visit www.fmx.de/E.1.html.

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