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Games Headline News

AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 Processor Unveiled for 3D Games

The AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor is now available, providing increased PC performance on 3D games and more intense and realistic graphic resolutions.

"AMD recognizes that today's games are single-threaded. Users who crave the absolute best performance on 3D games and extreme applications can experience realistic physics and lighting, as well as gripping artificial intelligence and sound, with the single-core AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor," said Bob Brewer, corporate vp, Desktop Business, Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS), AMD.

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Softimage Announces Support for Microsoft Xbox 360

Softimage announced support for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system with the release of the .FX plug-in, a free effects creation tool for SOFTIMAGE|XSI software.

The technology powering the Xbox 360 allows developers to build graphically intense high-definition environments with all titles being designed for HD television resolutions (720p and 1080i) in 16:9 widescreen.

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Alias’ 64-bit mental ray Standalone Part of Larger Product Plans

As the initial part of its greater 64-bit plan, Alias is shipping mental ray Standalone 3.4 64-bit, which is fully compatible with the Maya 6.5 software. The 64-bit software offers faster processing times, and the ability to create and accurately render more complex scenes and images for film, games, broadcast, digital publishing and design visualization.

Digital Headline News

Maas Digital Creates Deep Impact Animation For NASA

Dan Maas of Maas Digital has created an animation charting NASA's Deep Impact spacecrafts trek from Cape Canaveral to its collision with the comet Tempel 1 in the early morning hours of July 4, reports SPX.

Using detailed research and hours of conversations with mission engineers and scientists, Maas has recreated every detail from the precise structure of the spacecraft to the celestial bodies it takes pictures of along its journey.

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SketchBook Pro 2 Available for Customer Download

Alias announced the launch of Alias SketchBook Pro 2, the latest version of its award-winning paint and drawing software application. Recognized for its ability to turn a digitized pen tablet or Tablet PC into an intuitive, mobile sketchbook, this release takes SketchBook Pro software to a broader audience of users, appealing to a growing number of creative professionals looking to add to their digital toolset.

Motion Headline News

RE:Vision Offers Twixtor 4.5 and ReelSmart Motion Blur 3.2

RE:Vision Effects has released a major update to its Shake version of Twixtor, the popular retiming solution, and a minor update to ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB), which adds and removes motion blur based on per-pixel calculated motion.

Nick Brooks, Academy Award and Emmy Award winner for visual effects, says, "Twixtor 4.5 represents a new touchstone in retiming. The difference in accuracy means that retiming artifacts are either drastically reduced or disappear on the hardest to retime footage. "

Technology Headline News

Realizm 800 to Power NEC Express Workstation

Wildcat Realizm 800 graphics technology from 3Dlabs has been selected by NEC to be incorporated in the TE6 ultra high-end graphics accelerator that powers the NEC Express workstation. The inclusion of Wildcat Realizm 800 graphics into the new TE6 graphics accelerator marks the first time that NEC has integrated third-party graphics technology into its TE-branded line of products. The Express workstation for CAD and broadcast video professionals will be available from NEC in Japan later this month.

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modo Ready for Apple’s Move to Intel Processors

Luxology announced that modo, a leading subdivision surface and polygonal 3D modeling platform, is compatible with Apples new Intel Processor-based Macs. modos highly adaptable architecture will enable Luxologys customers to access this advanced technology as soon as its released.

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Realizm 800 Chosen for Celsius R630 Workstations

3Dlabs Inc. announced that the Wildcat Realizm 800 professional graphics accelerator has been selected by Fujitsu Siemens Computers for its Celsius R630 high-end workstations. Harnessing the power of two onboard Visual Processing Units (VPUs), the Wildcat Realizm 800 is a performance leader.

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ART Ups 3D Raytracing with 64-bit RenderDrive

ART VPS has released a new 64-bit version of its RenderDrive network system that can accommodate up to 48 of the company's AR350 dedicated raytracing processors. This comes on the heels of last weeks release of the new Pure PCI-X raytracing card, offering twice the processing power of its predecessor.

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Maxon Supports Intel-Based Apple Computers

Maxon Computer has announced its support of the new Intel-based Apple Macintosh Generation.

Maxon cto Harald Schneider stated, "Apple's announcement is good news for a cross-platform developer like Maxon. Since our products' source code is over 95% platform-independent, it can be ported very quickly. In addition, Intel has always proven to be a very flexible and dedicated partner."

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Sega Animanium Releases Lite Version of Its Animation Software

Sega Animanium, a 3D character animation software that has been used by leading animation studios and videogame developers in Japan, is now available in both a full version and a newly released lite version.

USA Index Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Index Corp. and licensee of Animanium, has released Animanium Express for $99. Animanium Express offers most of the features of the full version of Sega Animanium, however is limited to no more than 180 frames and does not offer the automatic clean-up function.

Toon Headline News

Toon Boom Concerto Reaches its Finale

Toon Boom Animation announced that Toon Boom Concerto is phased out of the market due to the superior toolset offered by Toon Boom Harmony. Building on Opus and Concertos capabilities, Toon Boom Harmony comes with more advanced features such as morphing, inverse kinematics and glue that enhance the animation production process, whether it is traditional or digital. Harmony also includes a global template library that facilitates the reuse of assets, all set up in an integrated pipeline.

Software Headline News

Pipelinefx Becomes IBM ServerProven

Pipelinefx, a leading provider of enterprise server farm management software for 3D animation and interactive entertainment companies, has achieved optimized status in IBMs PartnerWorld Industry Networks program. As a result, Pipelinefx can help customers achieve higher productivity in the production of 3D content and game development for next generation platforms.

Work Headline News

25,000 3D Artists Download SOFTIMAGE|XSI Foundation

Avid Technology Inc. announced the 25,000th download of the trial version of SOFTIMAGE|XSI Foundation, the $495 version of the companys high-end XSI modeling and animation package. At SIGGRAPH 2004, XSI Foundation was a key element of the company's 3-Democracy strategy, making the industrys advanced 3D content creation software accessible to all levels of CG professionals.

Motion Headline News

House Of Moves Offers Total Performance Capture Service

House of Moves, a division of Vicon Motion Systems, has debuted a new motion capture service that records facial and full-body data. With more directable, holistic and complete performance, it replaces the long-standing process of motion-capturing faces, hands and bodies of performers in separate sessions with a creative and cost-effective workflow that is destined to become the new norm.

Software Headline News

Luxology Offers Enhanced Mac & Windows Versions of modo

Luxology, the creators of modo, a leading subdivision surface and polygonal 3D modeling platform, announced the availability of an enhanced version of modos end-user license agreement, which gives users the right to both Mac and Windows versions when they purchase modo. Luxologys licensing strategy is a natural extension of the companys trusting relationship with customers and commitment to delivering solutions that enable designers to work with greater freedom and speed.

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Wildcat Realizm 800 Certified for HP Workstations

3Dlabs announced that the Wildcat Realizm 800 professional graphics accelerator has been selected for the HP Tested & Certified graphics program. With the Wildcat Realizm 800 utilizing the PCI Express professional graphics solution, the HP xw4200 and xw8200 workstations can provide considerable power and system throughput that design professionals require.

Technology Headline News

BOXX Ships 7400 Series Workstations With Dual-Core AMD 64 Technology

BOXX Technologies is now shipping its 7400 Series of high-performance workstations featuring Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors. Dual-Core AMD64 technology is a natural extension of AMDs Direct Connect Architecture, directly connecting CPU, memory and I/O resources as opposed to having these resources accessed via a front-side bus.

Autodesk Headline News

Rendercore Supports Three New 3ds Max Plug-Ins

Rendercore announced that RenMan client 2.64 is supporting three new Autodesk products: Autodesk VIZ 2006, 3ds Max 6&7 Service Pack 1 and 3ds Max V-Ray 1.47.03.

Autodesk VIZ 2006 features include:* mental ray 3.3 The latest improvements to the most powerful rendering system are included.* Global illumination It automatically captures subtle lighting effects that add depth and realism to images.* Real-world lighting Viz 2006 supports physically based lighting in your scenes.

Agents Headline News

Massive Software Delivers Massive 2.0

Massive Software is now offering a key advancement of the companys Academy Award-winning 3D animation system for AI-driven characters and digital stunts with Massive 2.0. The 2.0 release adds such features as Smart Stunts?, fully anti-aliased viewing of agents and scenes, facial blend shape support, new motion tree workflow and a host of updates that streamline and speed the softwares overall operation and UI.

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BOXX Unveils New GoBOXX 2300 Mobile Workstation

BOXX Technologies introduces the GoBOXX 2300 mobile workstation, which offers creative pros a new 17 WUXGA widescreen panel at 1920x1200 resolutions. Supporting true HD resolution and driven by industry-leading NVIDIA the Quadro FX Go 1400 PCI-Express Open GL graphics or NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra graphics, the new 17 1920x1200 WUXGA GlassView Active Matrix display takes creative applications to new levels of visual quality and performance.