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NewTek Ships New LightWave 3D Version 9

NewTek Inc. announced the availability of the latest release of LightWave 3D version 9.0, the next generation of the Emmy-winning 3D application. The new release is the first in a series of major rewrites and restructuring of LightWave 3Ds core with the addition of comprehensive new features such as a node-based materials editor, optically correct cameras, adaptive pixel subdivision, Catmull-Clark subdivision surfaces, sub-surface scattering and vast render speed improvements.

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Bionatics Releases natFX Version 4 for 3ds max

Bionatics announces the release of the version 4 of its 3D plant modeler natFX for 3ds max.

This latest version was developed to integrate even better into an Autodesk 3ds max production workflow, explains Stephan Gourgout, vp/sales director. It answers, in large part, the needs requested for the last 12 months by our clients from the varied industries such as architectural visualization, to the production requirements of the videogame industry and the 3D animation film studios, who need to build rapidly complex realtime or pre-rendered scenes.

Digital Headline News

D2 Software to Preview Next Version of NUKE at SIGGRAPH

D2 Software Inc. a subsidiary of Digital Domain Inc., will unveil new features for its award-winning NUKE compositing software planned for release in December at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston. The company will also give attendees a look at how top VFX companies are handling compositing on major projects through guest presentations and companion product demos in booth #1231 (co-located with Digital Domain), and offer attendees the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with NUKE at the Guerilla Studio.

Design Headline News

Free Trial Version Offered of AliasStudio Industrial Design Software

Autodesk Inc. announced the availability of the latest version of the AliasStudio Personal Learning Edition (PLE), a special non-commercial-use version of the industry-leading industrial design software. Previously released versions of the PLE software have been downloaded more than 100,000 times by students and industry professionals eager for access to the latest AliasStudio software. Autodesk has continued this important product program so that the industrial design community can explore, learn and become productive to realize their ideas with this leading industrial design software.

Effects Headline News

Houdini 8.1 Released

Side Effects Software, developer of the award-winning Houdini family of 3D software, released Houdini 8.1. This new version features an animator-friendly Auto Rig, Muscle System, Character Picker and Pose Library. Enhancements to the Rigid Body and Wire dynamic solvers and support for the importing of Collada files are also included in this latest release.

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Vue 6 Announced

e-on software announced the forthcoming release of the sixth generation of Vue, its award-winning solution for natural 3D environments. Vue 6 Infinite will be previewed at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston, Aug. 1-3 (booth #1828).

Vue 6 is based on an entirely redesigned architecture to provide users with more power, improved workflow and increased productivity.

Here are a couple of examples of the more than150 new features included in Vue 6 Infinite:

Animation Headline News

Hatchling Studios Selects 1 Beyond Workstations

1 Beyond Inc., a leading provider of digital video editing, compositing and storage systems, announced that Hatchling Studios, a growing full service digital animation company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has chosen 1 Beyond systems to completely revamp its armory of graphics workstations.

Studio Headline News

Tippett Studio Chooses cineSpace for Color Management

Tippett Studio has chosen cineSpace from Rising Sun Research for facility-wide color management. The cineSpace color management suite enables end-to-end pipeline calibration across multiple platforms and applications.

Software Headline News

eyeon Eyes Fusion 5.1

eyeon Software gears up for the fall trade show season with the pre-announcement of its SIGGRAPH 2006 release of Fusion 5.1.

eyeon will soon unveil Fusion version 5.1, introducing more than 25 new technologies to their industry-leading compositing application. eyeon spent more than two years redeveloping the core architecture of Fusion 5. The 5.1 release will add a host of new features and functionality to this highly-adaptable visual effects system.

Animation Headline News

TVP Animation 1.0a Int’l Version Ships

TVPaint Development announces the availability of the international version of TVP Animation 1.0a, a graphic content and 2D animation solution. This software, due to its bitmap approach, is called to cover the essential needs of any artist. It provides them with a fully customizable drawing toolset.

Effects Headline News

GenArts Releases New Sapphire Plug-Ins for Shake

GenArts Inc. announced the immediate availability of Sapphire Plug-ins version 2 for Apples Shake. This release contains 20 additional effects, including a new FilmDamage effect, and a wide array of new features and improvements such as on-screen widgets for easy parameter adjustment, and an improved user interface for all color parameters.

Effects Headline News

Apple Releases Universal Shake 4.1

Apple has released Shake 4.1, the first Universal version of its industry leading compositing software and cut its price from $2,999 to $499 to fit almost any production's budget. Final Cut Studio editors can now take advantage of Shake for sophisticated 3D compositing, keying, image tracking and stabilization for the price of a plug-in. Shake continues to be the tool of choice for major movie studios and leading effects houses to create award-winning visual effects, including this year's Oscar winner, KING KONG.

Studio Headline News

FrameFree Studio Offers Digital Imaging From Stills

FrameFree Technologies has launched FrameFree Studio, the first digital imaging software that allows for the creation of compelling movies from still photographs without a steep learning curve or compromising quality at any bandwidth. FrameFree Studio is available in four different versions: FrameFree Studio HD, FrameFree Studio SD, FrameFree Studio Pro and FrameFree Studio Express, all of which are available now from the companys website.

Grading Headline News

Autodesk Introduces New HD Color Grading System

Autodesk Inc. launched Autodesk Lustre HD, a new digital color grading system designed for working on high-definition television (HDTV) commercials and programming, as well as HDTV film projects. Lustre HD is the latest addition to the Autodesk Lustre family of nonlinear digital color grading products, which have been used to grade Academy Award-winning films such as THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and KING KONG.

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Digital Anarchy Offers Knoll Spark Pack 3.0

Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective vfx software for Adobe, Apple and Autodesk products, announced version 3.0 of the acclaimed Knoll Spark Pack. The new features in this package gives increased control over the look of hundreds of lighting effects, and furthers the creative abilities of broadcast designers and visual effects artists to deliver innovative effects in 2D composites.

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modo 201 Signature Courseware Available from

Luxology Llc. announced the immediate availability of modo 201 Signature Courseware from Taught by leading 3D animator and author, Dan Ablan, the modo 201 Signature Courseware complements existing modo educational materials to further streamline learning path for the many CG artists moving to capitalize on modos powerful feature set and productivity advantages.

Turbo Headline News

Lifemode Interactive to Distribute Turbo Squid

Lifemode Interactive, creators of LifeStudio:Head facial animation and lip-synch technology, have signed a major distribution deal with Turbo Squid, a leading distributor of digital products and home of the world's largest collection of royalty free 3D assets.

Now all game designers, 3D artists and animators will be able to find Lifemodes products at LifeStudio:Head 2.7 is available in three versions: Editor Package, Artist Package and a full Pro Package, which now includes both 3ds Max and Maya plug-ins.

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FrameCycler DI Selected by Young-Gu Art

Young-Gu Art is the latest vfx facility that has selected Iridas FrameCycler DI as its new review and approval system. The facility, based in Seoul, provides cutting-edge work for the Korean film industry, one of the largest in the world.

"We chose FrameCycler for its realtime playback and primary color correction capabilities," said Ki-Wook Shim, visual effects supervisor at Young-Gu. "We work with 2K 10-bit files so we needed an application that can handle that. Iridas has a great track-record in the industry and that made it an easy decision."

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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Teach Computers To Perceive 3 Dimensions In 2D Image

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have discovered a way to help computers understand the geometric context of outdoor scenes, making them better comprehend what they see, reports SCIENCE DAILY. The discovery promises to revive an area of computer vision research all but abandoned two decades ago because it seemed insoluble. This breakthrough could led to applications in vision systems used to guide robotic vehicles, monitor security cameras and archive photos.

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Blackmagic Has New 5.6 Software Support for Fusion 5

Blackmagic Design announced the immediate availability of Version 5.6 software for all Multibridge and DeckLink products. This release includes new support for Eyeon Fusion 5, support for 720p/50 on DeckLink high definition cards, new HDV playback support in Premiere Pro 2.0 on Windows XP and XP x64 systems.