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RTzen Pre-Releases 3D Shading Software for Game Developers

Rtzen Inc., the new company dedicated to empowering 3D artists, today announced the Pre-release of its advanced visual 3D editing tool, RT/shader. Designed to unleash the creativity of today's game development production artists, technical artists and programmers, RT/shader is the first software that makes developing realistic hardware 3D shaders quick and easy.

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Sony Imageworks Adds CINEMA 4D to Pipeline

Sony Pictures Imageworks has added CINEMA 4D to its matte painting production pipeline. The award-winning software is used for modeling, animation and rendering in the computer animation environment. Imageworks chose MAXON's software after testing CINEMA 4D in the production environment.

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Shave 2.5 Ships for Cinema 4D

The latest version of Joe Alter's famous hair plug-in for 3D artists, Shave and a Haircut, is now available to CINEMA 4D users. Shave and a Haircut 2.5 for CINEMA 4D boasts a slew of enhancements. In a nutshell, the hair looks better than before and renders faster to boot.

The hair looks more lifelike than in previous versions thanks to a string of enhancements such as improved antialiasing, smoother soft shadows and a completely new look for frizz and kink that is closer to the real thing.

Game Headline News

NXN alienbrain Studio Sales Pick Up in Asia

NXN Software, a leading supplier of asset management solutions for creative teams, announced increased market momentum in Asia for NXN alienbrain Studio. New NXN customers in 2003 included game developers such as NCSoft, Hanbitsoft and DR-Interactive in Korea, and CAVIA, Namco, Sonic Team, Think and Feel, Grandprix and Tose in Japan.

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DigArts Announces Grains & Grasses

DigArts Software announces the release of their new collection of paints for artists using Painter, Paint Shop Pro or Photo-Paint.

"Grains & Grasses is the newest in our series of paints for art professionals working with foliage and nature," said Dennis Berkla, president of DigArts Software. "This set paints grains and grasses with unmatched speed and detail, even at high resolutions. These paints are ideal for graphics, architectural illustration and fine art because they work in a range of sizes and for a variety of media, including print, video and 3D."

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RTzen Readies RT/shader Release

RTzen announced the arrival of RT/shader, a visual shader, editing tool for production artists, technical artists and programmers. RTZen believes it represents the next milestone in realtime hardware shader development, since artists return to the role of primary author of shaders for realtime applications. RT/shader, which will officially launch at GDC for $1,995, uses a patent-pending technology to automatically create high-level shader language code while the user assembles the shader from standard visual components such as texture, reflection and brightness.

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Project Dogwaffle Offers Free 2.0b Patch

Project Dogwaffle, the award-winning paint software program, which recently launched v.2, has now announced a 2.0b patch with more speed, mouse caching, new plug-ins and bug fixes. The patch requires Dogwaffle 2.0 already installed on your PC and checks for its validity.

It is a free patch. The size is about 1.25 MB.

Go to www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/freebies/2dot0b.html for downloading instructions.

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NVIDIA's MAXtreme 6 Adds Speed to 3ds Max 6

NVIDIA Corp. announced the immediate availability of its MAXtreme 6 accelerator, a custom tool that increases the performance of Discreet 3ds max 6 software running NVIDIA Quadro by up to 74%. This free, fully certified productivity boost is now available on the NVIDIA Website at http://www.nvidia.com/object/maxtreme_6.html.

Animation Headline News

CAT Adoption Escalates Around the Globe

Character Animation Toolkit (CAT), a fully integrated next-generation character animation system plug-in for 3ds max, is experiencing rapid adoption around the globe since its introduction in November 2003, according to developer Character Animation Technologies.

Key markets for CAT include the U.S., Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Germany and Australia. In addition to its outstanding adoption rate, the company also announced significant enhancements to CAT with the immediate availability of CAT 1.15.

Software Headline News

FrameForge 3D Studio Previs Available for Mac OS

San Diego, California-based Innoventive Software LLC announced immediate availability of their dual-OS CD Windows/Macintosh version of FrameForge 3D Studio, the first 3D previsualization storyboard software with real-world multi-camera control. This cutting edge software provides a new way for directors, filmmakers and other creatives to explore, plan and display visual design ideas for presentation or shooting live on set.

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Syflex Cloth Simulation Plug-In Now Available for Houdini

Side Effects Software, developer of the award-winning Houdini family of 3D software, and Syflex LLC, a leader in cloth simulation, announced a Houdini-compatible version of the popular Syflex cloth simulator. Available now as a plug-in for Houdini users on Linux and Windows, the fast and versatile software enhances the Houdini toolset for applications that require highly realistic cloth animations.

Digital Headline News

Discreet Ships New fire and smoke

Discreet has begun shipping worldwide its non-linear editing and finishing systems, fire 6 and smoke 6. Discreet's editing systems are shaping a new generation of powerful data-centric workflows for digital film, high definition television (HDTV) and standard definition television projects.

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eyeon Releases Courseware Edition 2 for Digital Fusion/DFX+

eyeon Software Inc. announced the availability of its latest courseware series, Edition 2, an integrated system-based learning experience, exploring the tools within Digital Fusion/DFX+ while outlining features, benefits and varying degrees of application. Edition 2 is a valuable resource for anyone looking to broaden their compositing foundation.

Animation Headline News

Animator Helps World See Mars Rovers

Viewers around the world watching the animated simulations of the Mars rovers mission are watching the work of a young, lone animator, using LightWave, to make the mission come to life when communications and cameras arent cooperating. He is Dan Maas, operating out of his own studio, Mass Digital in Ithaca, New York, far from NASA in Texas, JPL in Pasadena and Mars, where the two rover explorers are now carrying out their missions.

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NVIDIA Helps NASA Reconstruct Mars Rover Data in 3D

NVIDIA announced that NASA is using its Quadro Graphics technology to reconstruct Martian terrain from transmitted rover data in photorealistic virtual reality, allowing scientists to explore Mars in 3D as if they were actually moving freely on the planet's surface.

Grading Headline News

Discreet's Digital Intermediate Drive Continues with New lustre Purchase

Discreet announced that Ultimate (Ultimate Video Int.), The Netherlands, has installed high-performance digital color correction and digital intermediate (DI) capabilities based on lustre, Discreet's award-winning, realtime color grading system.

Color Headline News

Digital Anarchy Unveils Primatte Chromakeyer 2.0 for Photoshop

Digital Anarchy announced the availability of Primatte Chromakeyer 2.0, a chromakey compositing plug-in for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Primatte allows users to use blue and greenscreen masking technology with Photoshop and digital still images to create complex layered effects.

Tools Headline News

Vicon Advances Mo-Cap Workflow with New Vicon iQ Update

Vicon announced Vicon iQ 1.5, a new release of the companys intelligence-based motion data processing application. Now shipping, the new software encompasses a number of production-critical capabilities to enable automated handling of motion data from capture through to animation.

Final Headline News

NATPE News: Final Draft And Entertainment Partners Preview New Software

Final Draft, Inc., publisher of Final Draft, the top-selling scriptwriting software, and Entertainment Partners, publisher of the Movie Magic production software product line, will be previewing new software at Booth 1174 at the NATPE show from Jan. 18-20, 2004.

Final Draft will be previewing Tagger, which enables a user to break down a Final Draft script into its various elements (components). The tagged script can then be exported into Entertainment Partners' Movie Magic and EP Scheduling software. Final Draft and Final Draft AV software will also be demonstrated.

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