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DAZ Prods. Unveils 3D Anime/Manga Product

DAZ Prods. has launched the most versatile 3D anime/manga product available -- AIKO 3.0. To mark the debut, users can download AIKO 3 base package for free. The 3D technology used in Aiko allows users to change character poses, shape morphs such as the character's eyes and add clothing and accessories. Users can utilize Aiko to create characters for anything from comicbooks to animation.

Boom Headline News

Toon Boom Launches Symphony Worldwide, Studio for PC

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 12:00am

Toon Boom Animation has launched the customer release of Toon Boom Studio v2.5 for PC. In addition, Toon Boom has announced the calendar of launch events for the release of Toon Boom Symphony.

Similar to the Mac 2.5 version, Toon Boom Studio for PC now includes a number of features, including:* Support for scanning* Ability to draw in the 3D Sceneplanning space* Improved sound scrubbing* Visualization and manipulation of drawings and keyframes in the Timeline.

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Rhythm & Hues Standardizes on NVIDIA Quadro FX Professional Graphics Systems

NVIDIA announced that Rhythm & Hues Studios has standardized its digital production pipeline on NVIDIA Quadro FX products. More than 500 digital content creation workstations in this leading-edge facility have already been equipped with NVIDIA Quadro FX boards, allowing some of Hollywoods best digital artists to make the most of their 3D effects, animation and rendering applications.

Software Headline News

Ubisoft Licenses MotionBuilder 6

Leading game developer Ubisoft has purchased several licenses of Alias MotionBuilder 6 Pro. With more than 45 animators already trained on the software, Alias MotionBuilder 6 will be an integral component of Ubisofts production pipeline for animating characters in several of its upcoming games.

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Discreet Introduces Cloth Extension for 3ds max 7

Discreet announced that its 3ds max 7 software subscription members would receive their first value-added extension of this release cycle. Called Cloth Extension, this 3D modeling addition delivers a sophisticated cloth simulation system that gives artists the creative tools to build realistic, film-quality clothing for 3D characters in film, TV, advertising and games projects.

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Craft Animations Releases HeliCam for Maya

Craft Animations, the inventors of the Hyper-realistic Physics Engine (HYPE), has released Craft HeliCam v1.30, the first tool of the commercial plug-in suite, Craft Camera Tools (CCTs), for Maya.

CCTs, previously released for 3ds max, is used by animators to control and record camera movements directly in the viewport, in realtime, with a joystick. CCTs offers animators freedom from the unnatural robotic perfection of spline curves. CCTs move cameras with a natural human imperfection, offering HYPE Freedom and timesavings.

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Artbeats Introduces New Extreme Sports Collection

Extreme Sports, Artbeats' newest collection of daredevil stunts, is now available with more than 30 clips of extreme sports enthusiasts participating in some of the world's most dangerous sports. Renowned for high-quality, royalty-free footage of unique and hard to obtain imagery, some of the exciting clips include base-jumping, kneeboarding, mountain climbing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, white water kayaking, wind surfing and anchor diving.

Software Headline News

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 Now Available

Avid Technology Inc. announced version 4.2 of SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, offering a series of enhancements designed to streamline the creative process for professionals working on complex CG productions including games, films, broadcast and post-production projects. Now, advanced features, such as crowd simulation and compositing and paint capabilities, are included with different versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 software.

Technology Headline News

MetaSAN 2.0 Offers New Paradigm for Workgroup Collaboration

Tiger Technology GmbH announced availability of MetaSAN 2.0, the latest version in the companys flagship high-speed file sharing software line. MetaSAN 2.0 offers extensive new productivity enhancements, including cross-platform operating system support, per-node bandwidth allocation, Avid Unity MediaNet storage virtualization, native OS file system and rights management and 24/7 mission-critical ready with true realtime failover capability.

Animation Headline News

MotionBuilder 6 Now Available to Customers on Maintenance

Alias MotionBuilder 6 is now available to customers on maintenance. Alias MotionBuilder 6 software will be available to the public in late November. Alias will notify MotionBuilder Pro and Standard customers eligible to receive MotionBuilder 6 with instructions on how to acquire the latest release.

Animation Headline News

The Mill Purchases endorphin for High-End Visual Effects

The Mill has purchased endorphin, a stand-alone application from NaturalMotion Ltd. that uses AI and dynamics simulation to create 3D character animation in realtime, to create high-end visual effects in its commercials and promo departments at its studio in Soho, London.

Painting Headline News

Maya Connection for BodyPaint 3D

One of the many new features in Maxons BodyPaint 3D Release 2 is the direct link to Maya for Windows and Macintosh. Maya users can now benefit from the attractive features of BodyPaint 3D, such as the RayBrush mode, which enables the user to paint in the rendered image. So you're able to see the final result in realtime. Or the MultiBrush, which can paint in up to 10 textures simultaneously with a single stroke, so a brush can define an entire material rather than a single color.

Interactive Headline News

Virtools Exporter for SOFTIMAGE|XSI Unveiled

Virtools, a leading provider of interactive 3D authoring tools, announced a technology alliance with Softimage. Thus, anyone developing interactive content with Virtools for industrial, Web or game development use can now export characters, scenes, objects and animations created with SOFTIMAGE|XSI software directly into the Virtools Dev 3 environment, using the new Virtools exporter (public beta stage) for XSI software.

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Wildcat Realizm Available for HP Workstation xw6000 & xw8000

3Dlabs two new AGP 8x-based professional graphics accelerators, Wildcat Realizm 100 and 200, are now certified and available for the HP Workstation xw6000 and xw8000. The Wildcat Realizm 100 and 200, which have been selected for the HP Tested & Certified Graphics Program, are available through HP channel partners worldwide.

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Gelato 1.1 Delivers Comprehensive Support for Maya

Gelato 1.1, the latest version of NVIDIAs hardware-accelerated, final-frame renderer, is now available for sale directly from NVIDIA and through its global network of resellers. The Gelato 1.1 renderer features a new version of its Mango plug-in for Alias Maya and introduces an innovative new feature called Preview Mode that allows for ultra-high speed rendering of an image with user-defined image quality and fidelity to preview the final render.

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