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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.

Tools Headline News

LightWave 3D [8] Offers New Character Animation Tools

NewTek Inc. has just released LightWave 3D [8], the latest edition of its Emmy-winning 3D software package. LightWaveÆ [8] adds a wide range of new character animation tools and dynamics to the robust modeling, animation and rendering capabilities that have made LightWave a leading production tool in film, broadcast, print, game development and Web development.

Animation Headline News

Toon Boom Announces OPUS and Concerto for Mac OS X

Toon Boom Animation will release OPUS and Concerto for Mac OS X in September. OPUS and Concerto are advanced solutions for the production of traditional and digital animation, providing customers with an integrated production workflow, powerful 3D scene planning, sophisticated effects, compositing tools and seamless 2D/3D integration.

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NVIDIA GeForce 6800 to Aid Aspiring Digital Artists at Imagine Cup

NVIDIA Corp. announced that its GeForce 6800 series graphics processing units (GPUs) will equip the competition PCs featured at the rendering invitational worldwide finals of the Imagine Cup 2004, a multi-faceted technology competition sponsored by Microsoft Corp. The Imagine Cup challenges student teams of programmers and digital artists from around the globe to extend their artistic affinity beyond the classroom using the latest software development tools from Microsoft.

Effects Headline News

Maya Unlimited for Mac OS X Announced

Alias recently announced the impending availability of Maya Unlimited for the Mac OS X operating system at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Responding to increasing customer demand from the Mac community, Alias is porting the entire Maya Unlimited feature set for Mac OS X with all tools that are available to artists with Maya Unlimited 6. Maya 6 is the latest version of the award-winning Maya software. Maya Unlimited 6 for Mac OS X will be available to purchase later this summer.