e-on software announced the immediate availability of the much-anticipated Vue 5 Infinite, for Mac OSX and Windows. Vue 5 Infinite is the newest version of the company's flagship solution for the creation of natural 3D environments. Specifically designed for graphics professionals, Vue 5 Infinite combines a multitude of cutting edge features such as the new EcoSystem technology that easily integrates into existing production pipelines.
Avid Technology Inc. announced that its Softimage subsidiary and Epic Games have collaborated to co-develop the UnrealActor X Exporter for the XSI toolkit a solution for those interested in creating interactive titles with SOFTIMAGE|XSI animation software and Epics Unreal Engine technology. The Unreal Actor X Exporter for the XSI toolkit enables game developers to use technologies from both companies together in a game development pipeline.
Bionatics announced the launch of natFX 3 for Maya at GDC 2005 (booth #924). Designed to accommodate the most challenging next generation animation and videogame production requirements, this major release of natFX has been developed with a performance-driven mind-set to facilitate fast creation and animation of massive plant datasets.
Maxon Computer announced the immediate availability of a new plug-in that connects its renowned 3D painting program, BodyPaint 3D, to SOFTIMAGE|XSI. Now the unique 3D painting features of Maxons industry proven tool are available to all users of the latest generation of SOFTIMAGE|XSI. Character animators, game developers and motion picture artists in particular appreciate the versatility of BodyPaint 3D when it comes to texturing the most complex models without distortions.
Discreet announced that its 3ds max software is aligned as a leading 3D animation solution to support the next generation Xbox platform. The Discreet division of Autodesk has been a close partner with Microsoft since the introduction of the first Xbox video game system from Microsoft, with the most 3ds max-created game titles for Xbox on the market above any other digital content creation (DCC) tool.
Luxology Llc. announced that Spinoff Studios and Naked Sky Ent. used modo as the core modeling tool for ROBOHORDES, a 3D robot combat demo created to demonstrate the processing power of Intels dual-core processor during the 2005 Game Developers Conference (GDC, booth #726).
3Dlabs Inc. Ltd. has released the Wildcat Realizm 800 PCI Express-based professional graphics accelerator, which beat competitors on six SPECViewperf 8.0.1 benchmark viewsets when compared to other PCI Express solutions. This achievement follows the recent 3Dlabs announcement that the very attractively priced Wildcat Realizm 100 AGP 8x-based graphics accelerator scored highest on seven Viewperf 8.0.1 benchmark viewsets when compared to other AGP 8x solutions. The Wildcat Realizm 800 is available for purchase through 3Dlabs OEMs, worldwide network of Wildcat System Integrators, Resellers and VARs for $2,799.
3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm 800 achieves the highest performance numbers over any single professional graphics accelerator and is soon to become the defacto standard for performance in professional graphics, said Jerry Peterson, evp/gm of 3Dlabs. With dual VPU power and these Viewperf 8.0.1 benchmark scores, Wildcat Realizm 800 is the product that our OEMs, resellers and customers have been waiting to get their hands on...
NewTek Inc. announced a limited time upgrade offer for LightWave 3D. Users of a select set of 3D graphics and design applications will be able to purchase a competitive upgrade to LightWave 3D for $495. Current users of LightWave 3D will be able to add an additional seat at this price as well, allowing them to affordably run the software on multiple computers. The promotions are available today through NewTek authorized resellers, or directly from NewTek through April 30, 2005.
Rendercore Inc. announced the release of the latest software support with Final Render and Cinema 4D on Rendercore's state-of-the-art renderfarm at its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Wildcat Realizm graphics accelerators from 3Dlabs have been certified by leading Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in the CAD and DCC markets. Leading software partners, including Alias, Autodesk, PTC, Softimage and SolidWorks have certified both the Wildcat Realizm 100 and 200 graphics accelerators.
NVIDIA Corp. introduced the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU. Available immediately, the Dell Inspiron XPS Gen2 is the first notebook with the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU and features unprecedented notebook gaming performance achieving more than two times the performance of the previous Inspiron XPS, based on industry-standard benchmarks.
Eovia, developer and publisher of leading 3D animation, modeling and rendering software, introduces the Eovia TransPoser 2 plug-in. TransPoser 2 allows users to import Poser v5 and v4 characters and animations into Eovia Carrara 4 software, where they can be integrated in more complex scenes and brought to life. In addition to improved workflow, this new version includes Poser files into the Carrara 4 network rendering. Through special arrangement with DAZ Prods., TransPoser 2 comes with the Victoria 3.0 and Michael 3.0 models.
Discreet will introduce 3ds max 7.5 in mid-April, just in time for NAB, an upgrade exclusively for its 3ds max subscription customers that will deliver a broad range of new features and capabilities ranging from a robust integrated hair and fur system, the most current version of mental ray 3.4 by mental images and a new design toolset that combines the feature sets of 3ds max and Autodesk VIZ software.
NaturalMotion Ltd. will launch version 2.0 of endorphin, its award-winning 3D animation software, at GDC 2005 (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco (March 9-11, 2005, booth #548). Scheduled to ship on the same date, endorphin 2.0 boasts major new features, including multi-layer behaviors, support for the Avid Alienbrain Studio asset management and Perforce software configuration management systems, an improved GUI (including layered behavior support on the timeline) and further enhanced adaptive behaviors.
Dan Ritchie, veteran 3D animator and developer of software tools for the computer graphics industry, announced the release of the latest version of his popular painting software, PD Pro.
NewTek Inc. unveiled TriCaster, a new class of production and presentation tool for enterprise and corporate communications professionals who want to get their message across video. The portable live production suite was publicly demonstrated for the first time last week at DEMO.
Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Studio v2.5 for Windows and Mac in French. The company, based in Montreal, a bilingual territory in Canada, said it was only natural to add the French capability to Toon Boom Studio's advanced feature set.
Toon Boom Studio integrates many outstanding features including:* 3D Sceneplanning to Layout your Animation* Dynamic Multiplane Camera Moves and Effects* Drawing Mode to Draw and Organize Your Assets* Optimized Library for Reuse of Templates* Automated Lip Sync Mapping
Alias released full details of their updated Maya Platinum and Silver Membership Services Programs. Originally launched at SIGGRAPH 2004, the Membership Services Programs replace the previous Full Annual Maintenance Program. The new features are available immediately and launch in conjunction with the availability of Maya 6.5.
BOXX Technologies has introduced the BOXX 7300 series of workstations featuring dual AMD Opteron processors and NVIDIA nForce Professional Media and Communications Processors (MCPs). BOXX 7300 workstations support the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows XP x64, which will provide the ability to run 32- and 64-bit applications simultaneously, taking digital creativity to new levels.
3D software developer MAXON has released the first update to its award-winning flagship tool CINEMA 4D R 9. Containing more than 50 new features and many more enhancements, the R9.1 update focuses on data exchange, n-gons, the interface and the material system. The update is freely downloadable from www.maxon.net.
Alias announced the worldwide availability of Maya 6.5, which has been equipped to handle larger datasets by a dual approach; speed improvements in critical parts of the workflow and new tools for efficiently managing very large datasets. Absolute speed improvements have been dramatic in many cases, as Maya performs more efficiently in relation to larger scene sizes. For example, UV manipulations have been benchmarked as being more than 100 times faster in Maya 6.5 compared to Maya 6.
The Houdini family of 3D programs from Side Effects Software played a key role in several of the nominees at the 3rd Annual VES Awards, Feb.
Turbo Squid, which touts the largest collection of royalty-free 3D products available for download, announced that the 100,000th 3D product has been posted for sale.
Tulay Tetiker presents an overview of the many companies competing in the growing German visual effects industry.