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Agents Headline News

Massive Agents to Invade SIGGRAPH 2004

Massive, developer of the premiere 3D animation system for artificial intelligence-driven, crowd-related visual effects is streamlining the generation of arena spectators, crowds moving en masse and large-scale digital armies with breakthrough Ready-to-Run Agents. These pre-built agents can be easily dropped into shots to create 3D character-based crowd scenarios allowing animators to significantly speed up their workflow. The initial agents, debuting Aug.

Disney Headline News

Disney Moves into PC Business

The Walt Disney Company has unveiled the Disney Dream Desk PC, a new personal computer geared to tap into the growing children market.

"We've traveled a long way since that first Mickey writing tablet hit the market in 1929" said Bob Iger, Disney president/coo. "At the core of Disney is our mission to entertain and enlighten audiences through products that spark the imagination. With the launch of the Disney Dream Desk, a computer designed with kids in mind, we've developed a tool box for children to unleash their imaginations and expand their minds."

Effects Headline News

Orphanage Releases Free Plug-Ins for Adobe After Effects

The Orphanage Inc., whose recent visual effects efforts include THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and HELLBOY, announced the release eLin, the a suite of plug-ins and scripts for Adobe After Effects 6.5 that allow compositors to work in the expanded photographic color space of film. eLin is free of charge for non-commercial use.

Software Headline News

E-on Software Announces Vue 5 Esprit

e-on software, the leading publisher in natural 3D scenery software, announces the forthcoming release of the fifth iteration of Vue/Esprit, its award winning scenery rendering and animation software for casual and advanced digital artists. Vue 5 Esprit will add a long list of superior realism features for the creation of ultra natural 3D graphics.

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Dosch Design Releases Logo Animations For 3ds max & Maya

Dosch Design is releasing the 3ds max and Maya versions of Dosch 3D: Logo Animations, each containing 25 animated logo scenes. All scenes are optimized and "ready to go" for use in 3ds max or Maya, and include all relevant textures. Because the animations are provided as fully editable scenes, the user is able to adjust output resolution and many other effects and visual parameters. Users can render for the Internet, video (PAL or NTSC), DVD, business presentations or the higher cinema resolution.

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ATI Brings FireGL X3-256 to SIGGRAPH 2004

ATI Technologies continues to innovate for the large AGP market with the new FireGL X3-256 workstation graphics accelerator, which gives users an impressive list of professional features for $1,099.

Animation Headline News

Discreet Announces 3ds max 7 for SIGGRAPH 2004

Discreet will publicly unveil 3ds max 7 -- the newest version of its acclaimed 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software at SIGGRAPH 2004, Aug. 10-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

3ds max 7 is expected to ship in fall 2004 for $3,495. Localized versions are planned to be available later in 2004 and 2005. Upgrade pricing from 3ds max 6 is $795; and 3ds max 5 is $1,295.

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NVIDIA Expands Gelato Sales with International Resellers

NVIDIA has signed agreements with six companies to sell and support the NVIDIA Gelato 1.0 GPU-accelerated final-frame renderer. The companies are also authorized to sell bundles of NVIDIA Quadro FX professional graphics hardware with Gelato. The NVIDIA Gelato resellers are:

* 3VIS in Montreal and Eastern Canada ( or* BB.TEK.INC in India (* Helios|Oceana in Toronto and Central Canada (

Animation Headline News

Character Animation Technologies to Preview Muscle Deformation Tool at SIGGRAPH

During SIGGRAPH 2004 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, high-end character animation software developer Character Animation Technologies will preview a new muscle deformation system that will add a whole new dimension to the New Zealand-based company's flagship product, Character Animation Toolkit (CAT), the fully integrated, next-generation character animation plug-in for Discreet 3ds max.

Animation Headline News

Ascension & Kaydara Debut New Low-Cost Toon Workstation at SIGGRAPH

Ascension and Kaydara have teamed to create a new low-cost animation workstation called Animation Star, which combines the best motion-capture hardware and software. The product will launch at the annual SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Convention in Los Angeles on August 10, 2004. Ascension will demonstrate its new technology in Booth 1918 at the LA Convention Center.

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Pixel Farm to Unveil PFTrack 2.0 at SIGGRAPH 2004

The Pixel Farm will demo PFTrack 2.0, its most advanced 3D tracking environment tool at SIGGRAPH 2004 on Aug. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in both the Eyeon and Softimage booths (#1429 and #1547).

Currently available, PFTrack 2.0 will be demonstrated to show a fully integrated Pixel Farm workflow and new optical flow tools. PFTrack 2.0 will include more advanced optical flow functionality, now allowing users to analyze per pixel inter-frame motion, as well as improved Matte editing functionality and a new option to export to Adobe After Effects.

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ATI Brings HD Gaming to Mobile Users

ATI Technologies Inc. raised the performance bar with the introduction of MOBILITY RADEON 9800. Designed for the mobile gaming enthusiast, MOBILITY RADEON 9800 enables users to enjoy the latest DirectX9 games at optimal settings for the highest levels of performance.

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Kaydara FBX Becomes Industry Standard Interchange Format

Kaydara Inc. announced that the award-winning Kaydara FBX, a platform-independent 3D authoring and interchange format, is now supported by more than 30 industry partners, including Alias, Discreet, Maxon, Newtek, Softimage and Strata. With the community of industry supporters continuing to grow, Kaydara FBX is now considered the de facto 3D interchange format.

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finalRender Stage 2 for Maya 6 to Preview at SIGGRAPH 2004

cebas Computer GmbH will demo its upcoming release of finalRender Stage-2 for Alias Maya 6 at SIGGRAPH 2004, to be held Aug. 8-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Cebas' premiere rendering tool for Alias Maya 6 will be available to view live at booth# 2039.

finalRender Stage-2 for Maya 6 offers the following feature set for the first time for Maya users:

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GenArts Announces Sapphire Plug-Ins for Discreet on Linux

Coinciding with Discreet's release of flint and smoke for the Linux operating system, GenArts Inc. announced Sapphire Plug-ins for them.

Featuring the same familiar interface and wide range of effects and features that Discreet users have long depended on, Sapphire for flint and smoke on Linux is available immediately for $6,000. The software can be purchased directly from GenArts, or from Discreet's extensive worldwide network of resellers and sales representatives.

Digital Headline News

lustre Sales Grow as Digital Intermediate Process Gains Global Traction

Discreet has announced that its lustre digital grading and color correction system is now installed in 17 film studios and post-production facilities around the world.

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ArchVision Releases New Composer Program

ArchVision Inc. announced the availability of ArchVision Composer, a new tool that lets users add Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) to 2D renderings and photographs. With features like automatic scaling, shadow generation and Opacity, Saturation and Brightness controls, Composer lets users improve the quality of their renderings by quickly adding realistic entourage like RPC people, trees and cars. Composer runs as a standalone application or in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Technology Headline News

Bionatics' natFX 1.9 for 3ds max Now Available

Bionatics has announced the availability of natFX 1.9 for 3ds max from Discreet. The software now offers a new generation of hybrid modeling technology, such as the texture manager or the choice of the number of billboard. Hybrid modeling is a compromise between 2D and 3D.

Motion Headline News

Motion Capture Software Helps Boy Walk

Edmonton's Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital's Syncrude Centre for Motion and Balance has used motion-capture software to help a six-year-old boy walk, reports THE GLOBE AND MAIL. Using the same technology that was used to create Gollum from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, the hospital's "gait lab" helped doctors determine a surgical strategy to help Quinn Kozlowski, who suffers from cerebral palsy, walk.