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Headline News Discreet Extends mental ray Rendering Options for 3ds max 6

In addition to selling mental ray 3.2 integrated in 3ds max 6, Discreet will now offer a standalone version of the high-quality rendering solution. mental ray 3.2 can be deployed in multi-workstation and render farm configurations enabling greater return-on-investment and productivity gains for the world's largest community of 3D animators in film, games and design visualization.

Headline News NXN alienbrain Studio Now Supports Kaydara's FBX Format

NXN Software has integrated support for Kaydara's universal FBX file interchange format into its flagship asset management product, NXN alienbrain Studio. The integration provides versioning, workflow and intuitive file management for FBX files.

Headline News Digital Element and Digimation Team Up on Modelshop

Digital Element, an Oakland-based software developer and publishing firm specializing in art tools, and Digimation Inc., a leading provider of 3D models, announced the release of the Modelshop plug-in for Photoshop, which includes 50 3D models from Digimation's Model Bank Collection.

Headline News Maxon Supports Kaydara FBX in Cinema 4D

Kaydara Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH announced full integration of Kaydara's versatile FBX 3D interchange format into the new CINEMA 4D R8.5 upgrade, MAXON's premier high-end 3D modeling and animation tool. Kaydara FBX allows for the universal interchange of 3D data between every major 3D package and a significant number of second-tier applications.

Headline News Bauhaus Software Launches Mirage for Mac OS X Pre-Release

Bauhaus Software Inc. announced the immediate availability of Mirage for Mac OS X Pre-Release, the first release of its unified environment for animated graphics and special effects creation on the Mac platform. Designed for artists, Mirage integrates realtime video paint, animation and effects functionalities into a single product. Using Mirage, visual artists are free to explore entirely new creative ideas and techniques, combining tools such as animated paint, natural-media drawing tools, volumetric lights, particles, keying, color correction and pixel tracking within the same project.

Headline News Boris FX 7 Now Shipping

The world of integrated effects creation just got faster. Shipping immediately for an upgrade price of $199, Boris FX 7 brings high performance directly into the editing environment with new OpenGL acceleration and faster renders. Editors can now experience advanced keyframe control with more than 20 new filters and paint tools for advanced masking and compositing.

Headline News Character Animation Technologies Launches Character Animation Toolkit

Character Animation Technologies Ltd. of Dunedin, New Zealand, announced the worldwide availability of the company's first product offering, Character Animation Toolkit (CAT) Version 1.0. Designed for animators by animators, CAT is a fully integrated next-generation character animation system plug-in for Discreet's 3ds max. CAT provides production-proven technology to animation professionals in film, video, broadcast and games development, who are seeking overall speed, efficiency and flexibility in creating fully customizable rigs and animation sequences.

Headline News Nexsan Unchains The Beast

Nexsan Technologies, a leader in innovative storage solutions, announced that its new ATABeast is now shipping in volume and available worldwide. The ATABeast disk vault sets the bar in high-end, high capacity storage, delivering industry-leading features with unparalleled density and security. ATABeast offers a TCO that also establishes new standards of affordability.

Headline News Bionatics ships EASYnat with Discreet’s 3ds max 6

Bionatics has announced the signing of a partnership with Discreet to bundle its EASYnat software with 3ds max 6. As part of the deal, all 3ds max 6 will be integrated with the EASYnat growth engine, shipped with a basic library of four plants. The plant library can then be increased through the Bionatics Website.

Headline News Softimage Offers 50% Price Slash on SOFTIMAGE|XSI

Softimage announced that it is lowering the price of SOFTIMAGE|XSI, a 3D nonlinear production environment, by as much as 50% until Dec. 22, 2003. SOFTIMAGE|3D system will be available in North America for $747.50. The other promotions include the ability to upgrade for free to the latest version of the SOFTIMAGE|XSI software when purchasing 12 months of maintenance.

Other limited-time promotions include:* SOFTIMAGE|XSI Essentials Enterprise: Now available for $3,995, reduced from $7,995

Headline News HP Announces Visualization Center sv7

HP announced the new HP Visualization Center sv7, an affordable, high-end visualization solution designed for companies, such as large automotive and aerospace firms who need to visualize designs on auditorium-scale displays. The center will allow executive committees and engineering teams to review full-scale design concepts and digital assemblies that allow users to model and walk through the manufacturing process.

Headline News MAXON's CINEMA 4D Module Offers New Toon

"Sketchy" details are a thing of the past as MAXON announces the availability of Sketch and Toon, a new CINEMA 4D module for non-photorealistic output offering technical illustration styles, advanced cartoon cel and artistic rendering technologies. This versatile new module supposedly boasts the most comprehensive feature set of any non-photorealistic renderer on the market.

Headline News Bauhaus Software Ships Mirage 1.0

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 12:00am

Bauhaus Software Inc. has announced it has begun shipping Mirage 1.0, a unified environment for creating animated graphics and special effects. The Mirage environment provides a diverse toolset and a centralized workflow for animated graphics, 2D animation and special effects creation. It was designed for projects of any resolution, ranging from HDTV and film to Web video.

Headline News Adobe Atmosphere Unleashes the Power of 3D Multimedia Interactive Environments

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 12:00am

Adobe Systems Inc. has announced the release of the new, full version of Adobe Atmosphere, a powerful professional authoring tool for creating multimedia rich, interactive 3D environments for the Web and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. With the easy-to-use creation and productivity features in Atmosphere, Web designers and digital document creators - in the arts, e-commerce, entertainment and education - can quickly deliver realistic, high-impact, interactive environments.

Headline News Power Booleans 2.5 Released for 3ds Max/Viz

nPower Software has released version 2.5 of Power Booleans for 3ds max / viz, including 6.0 of 3ds max. Power Booleans 2.5 also introduces new functionality, and provides bug fixes for reported problems. The popular Power Booleans plug-in extends 3ds max with powerful, accurate and fun polygonal Boolean operations. Power Booleans is powered by POPLib, a powerful polygonal modeling kernel from IntegrityWare.

Headline News mental images Accelerates Development of RealityServer with $6M Investment

mental images has just completed a $6 million investment round led by ViewPoint Ventures and another large international private equity investor to expand its product offerings to include the 3D collaboration platform, RealityServer. The transaction was managed by ViewPoint Capital Partners. The company will also expand its U.S. operation in San Francisco.

Headline News Discreet Releases 3ds max 6

Discreet has begun shipping 3ds max 6 software, the latest version of its award-winning professional 3D modeling, animation and rendering package. This release offers significant advancements to existing core features as well as new functionality developed in cooperation with customers such as SEGA Corp.

Headline News NewTek and eyeon Software Extend LightWave 3D/DFX+ Compositing

NewTek Inc. announced that the special offer combining LightWave 3D with eyeon's DFX+ professional compositing package has been extended up to the date LightWave [8] is released. Currently in the beta test phase and expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, NewTek's LightWave [8] includes enhancements in dynamics, character animation, modeling workflow and tools, animation workflow, texturing tools and more.

Headline News Adobe Atmosphere Player for Adobe Reader Expands 3D Content

Adobe Systems Inc., a leader in network publishing, announced Adobe Atmosphere Player for Adobe Reader, a free download for viewing and interacting with Atmosphere environments embedded in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. The Player allows users to navigate and interact with objects in realtime, within a 3D space, replicating the sensation of being in a specific environment, such as an art gallery, a concert venue or a storybook world.

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