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NaturalMotion Launches endorphin 2.0 at GDC 2005

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.

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NewTek Announces Portable Live Production Suite

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.

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Toon Boom Studio v2.5 in Francais

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

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New Platinum/Silver Membership Features Updated for Maya 6.5

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.

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BOXX 7300 PCI-Express Delivers the Fastest Company Workstation

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.

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CINEMA 4D R9.1 Now Available

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

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Maya 6.5 Now Shipping

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.

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Rhythm & Hues Gets Smart with Massive

Rhythm & Hues was the first vfx studio to apply Massives new Smart Stunts capability on Foxs ELEKTRA last year. Smart Stunts simplifies the creation of large groups of CG characters or creatures in Massive, the Academy Award-winning 3D animation system for AI-driven crowd-related effects used in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, developed by Massive Software.

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Vanguard Taps Maya Pipeline for Valiant

Vanguard Animation has built its CG pipeline with Maya software from Alias, starting with its feature debut, the 3D VALIANT. This business model will allow them to produce more Hollywood-quality animated features faster, and for a much lower cost than is typical in the industry.

VALIANT releases in Europe on March 25, 2005, and across the U.S. on April 15.

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2d3 Ships boujou three

2d3 has begun shipping boujou three, the third-generation of its award-winning professional 3D camera matchmoving software. boujou three is designed for specialist tracking departments working on the most challenging shots, and complements boujou bullet, 2d3s easy-to-use volume tracking solution.

boujou three is built around a range of new technologies and features including:

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Discreet Releases combustion 4 Desktop Compositing Software

Discreet announced combustion 4 software, the highly anticipated upgrade to its visual effects desktop software solution. combustion software for Windows and Macintosh will feature a complete set of sophisticated tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation and 3D compositing tools.

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BOXX Launches ‘Get a Bundle, Save a Bundle’ Program

BOXX Technologies Inc. has launched the Get a Bundle, Save a Bundle program to offer significant savings to customers purchasing BOXX workstations bundled with industry leading software for graphics, animation and post-production software.

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ATI Helps Power New HP Compaq nw8240 Mobile Workstation

ATI Technologies Inc. announced its Mobility FireGL V5000 workstation graphics accelerator and that HP has selected this PCI Express based graphics technology to power the new HP Compaq nw8240 Mobile Workstation.

For the first time, notebook users have the same geometry processing hardware that they enjoy in the high-end desktops. The Mobility FireGL V5000 combines outstanding performance and stability with the industry's lowest power consumption design and features eight-pixel pipelines, six geometry engines and 128MB of GDDR3 memory.

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Alias Launches “Rated ‘P’ for PLAY” Tour

Alias announced the launch of its Alias MotionBuilder and Maya software Rated P for PLAY tour. Starting in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 16 and ending in San Francisco on March 10 at GDC (Games Developers Conference), the 3D community will experience Alias MotionBuilder 6 and Maya 6.5 software up close, network with their peers and hear from industry guest speakers. To register for the Rated P for PLAY tour, visit

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NVIDIA Introduces First Pro PCI Express Mobile Workstation

NVIDIA Corp. announced the latest version of its industry-leading mobile workstation GPUs. The NVIDIA Quadro FX Go1400 mobile GPU for PCI Express resets the bar for mobile workstation graphics, providing the performance, programmability, precision and quality that CAD, DCC and scientific applications require.

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BOXX Unveils GoBOXX 2200

BOXX Technologies introduced the GoBOXX 2200 mobile workstation based on the new Quadro FX Go 1400 PCI-Express Open GL graphics, Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology, 17 1680x1050 WSXGA+ display, DDR2 memory to 2GB and dual bay internal (RAID capable) storage of up to 200GB. The GoBOXX 2200 combines mobility with the performance, cutting edge integration, reliability and support of a BOXX desktop workstation.

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'Inspired 3D Short Film Production': Storyboarding — Part 2

Taylor Jessen reviews five short films: Gopher Broke by Jeff Fowler, In the Rough by Paul Taylor, Suite for Freedom by Aleksandra Korejwo, Caroline Leaf and Luc Perez, Oedipus by Jason Wishnow and A Bucks Worth by Tatia Rosenthal. Includes QuickTime movie clips!