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DAZ Launches Developer Program with DAZ Studio 1.3

DAZ Prods. Inc., announced the first release of the DAZ Studio Software Development Kit (SDK) with the latest version of its free digital art software, DAZ Studio 1.3. By exposing the majority of the DAZ Studio API, the DAZ Studio SDK enables third-party developers to completely integrate their own technology directly into DAZ Studio. With this digital 3D art market now open to third-party developers, the growth potential for a variety of new DAZ Studio features, tools and plug-ins is tremendous.

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ATI Offers New FireGL V7350 and FireGL V7300 Professional 3D Accelerators

ATI Technologies Inc. announced that its next generation FireGLTM V7350 and FireGLTM V7300 workstation graphics accelerators have been certified by HP as a part of the company's thorough testing process to ensure a more stable and reliable experience for workstation customers. As the industry's first one gigabyte (1GB) graphics accelerator, the FireGL V7350 is ideally suited for CAD, DCC, imaging and visualization users working with extremely large datasets.

Animation Headline News

Toonz Animation Becomes the Largest Toon Boom Harmony Installation in India

Emmy-award winning Toon Boom Animation Inc. announced that Trivandrum-based Toonz Animation India has become the largest Toon Boom Harmony installation in India. Preparing for the production of several in-house projects, Toonz is planning to explore Harmony�s wide array of capabilities to create traditional and cut-out animation in a fully integrated production pipeline.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Announces Toxik 2007

Autodesk Inc. launched Autodesk Toxik 2007, the latest version of its collaborative digital compositing software for feature film production. Autodesk Toxik 2007 will be showcased at the NAB tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 24-27, 2006, at Autodesk Booth #SL3719.

Effects Headline News

GenArts Releases Sapphire Plug-Ins Version 2 for Avid

GenArts Inc. announced the immediate availability of Sapphire Plug-ins version 2 for Avid editing systems. With 46 new effects and a wide array of new features, Sapphire 2 delivers the next evolution of industry-standard visual effects for Avid users. This release includes a variety of enhancements for users, such as single click application of effects to a title or key, background and mask inputs, 2D moves built into the plug-ins and a versatile new FilmDamage effect.

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Apple Launches Boot Camp

Apple introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning April 5, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP. The final version of Boot Camp will be a feature in "Leopard," Apple's next major release of Mac OS X, version 10.5, which will be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in August.

Design Headline News

AMD Introduces Geode LX EPIC Reference Design Kit

AMD announced the availability of the AMD Geode LX EPIC Reference Design Kit (RDK). This RDK will help developers quickly and efficiently create low-power, high-performance singleboard computer (SBC) products. This versatile, industry-standard design supports a wide range of rugged industrial SBC applications, including data acquisition, video processing, point-of-sale terminals, telecommunications, global positioning satellite (GPS) devices and motion control.

Studio Headline News

Apple Ships First Universal Final Cut Studio 5.1

Apple is now shipping the first Universal version of its Final Cut Studio video production suite that delivers up to 2.5x the performance when running on a MacBook Pro notebook computer. Final Cut Studio features state-of-the-art tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5, including Soundtrack Pro, a new audio editing and sound design application that makes video projects sound as good as they look; Motion 2, the first realtime motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4 for professional DVD authoring.

Mobile Headline News

NVIDIA Offers First Quadro FX Mobile Workstation

NVIDIA Corp. announced a new line of NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics solutions. This new lineup includes:

* The NVIDIA Quadro FX 350M: the company's first professional GPU designed specifically for thin and light mobile workstations.* The NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M: offering outstanding application performance and the industry's highest image precision and quality.* The NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M: bringing an industry best 512MB of graphics memory for customers looking for the highest performance.

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Vicon iQ 2.5 Now Available

Vicon has released Vicon iQ 2.5, the most recent installment of the company's industry-leading Vicon iQ software. Vicon iQ has consistently streamlined and automated motion capture workflows by providing intuitive controls and a user interface that simplifies the tasks associated with recording and managing even the most complex motion capture data.

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Autodesk FBX Now Part of DAZ|Studio

DAZ Prods. Inc., a leading developer of professional quality 3D software and models, announced that Autodesk FBX is now fully integrated with DAZ|Studio, a free, feature-rich 3D art software package. DAZ|Studios integration of the FBX file format allows users to import and export their favorite DAZ models and scenes into and out of every major 3D package on the market, and access a wealth of tools and content available through FBXs extensive partner network.

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Pixel Farm Ships PFClean, Goes ‘MacTel’

The Pixel Farm, a company focused on innovation in the field of high-end digital post-production, has released PFClean1.5. Since its release in 2005, PFClean has already been adopted by a growing number of DI and post-production facilities worldwide including, Hollywood Intermediates, Ollin Studios and Hungarian Film Labs.

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ARTVPS Collaborates with mental images on New Ray Tracing Solutions

ARTVPS, developers of a unique graphics processor for photorealistic ray tracing, and mental images, the developers of the globally leading, Academy Award winning high-end rendering software mental ray, have concluded agreements that will further the evolution of advanced ray tracing solutions for 3D visualization.

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Intel Introduces First Dual-Core Low-Voltage Intel Xeon Processor

Intel Corp. now offers the first lowvoltage Intel Xeon processor to combine dualcore technology with Intels innovative power management capabilities, helping to boost energyefficient price/performance with up to two to four times the performanceperwatt of previous Intel Xeon processors and platforms.

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REALVIZ VTour Now Shipping

REALVIZ announced the availability of VTour, the latest addition to their software portfolio for content creation. The product, which was unveiled at the recent IMAGINA show in Monaco, draws on the award-winning technology of Stitcher and ImageModeler and offers users of all levels an innovative and effective solution for the creation of photoreal 3D environments from 2D pictures or panoramas.

Media Headline News

1.1 VFX Streamlines Workflow With Xstoner V2

Maximum Throughput Inc., developers of ultra high performance software-based solutions for networked storage infrastructure and media management, announced that 1.1 VFX, a visual effects/creative finishing company in Venice, California, has deployed Xstoner v2 software throughout its facility to ease data management tasks and speed the flow of jobs through its production pipeline.