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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.

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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.

Software 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.

Tools 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.

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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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NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000G To Power Linux-based Editing System

NVIDIA Corp. has announced that Discreets new smoke 6 standard definition online editing and finishing system will be available exclusively with NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000G professional graphics solutions. Discreets solution incorporates the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000G in IBM Z Pro 6221 Linux workstations.

Effects Headline News

Instant Effects Showcases the Power of ATI Technology with OfficeFX

Instant Effects announced the company's first product, OfficeFX, which will become available later this month from for $149.95. A seamless addition to the popular presentation software package, Microsoft PowerPoint, OfficeFX allows users to deliver effective presentations with the tool they already know. Instant Effects is also proud to announce that a trial version of OfficeFX will ship with all desktop products from ATI Technologies Inc., a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative visual processor solutions.

Animation Headline News

Vital Idea to Release Crowd! in November

Crowd!, a behavioral animation system built on a realtime engine called Neuro!Machine, will be released to the general consumer in November by Vital Idea. Retailing for $9,995, Crowd! 1.0 Suite -- Windows may be pre-ordered at With Crowd! digital artists can integrate SynThespians into shots.

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NewTek Releases Free Update to VT[3]

NewTek Inc. announced the release of the first update for VT[3], the company's integrated production suite for live and post production and editing. The update is free to registered owners of VT[3], and includes enhancements to DV support and DVD authoring program support, enhanced integration with Adobe After Effects, and integration with Discreet's forthcoming combustion 3.

Media Headline News

Sonic Launches PrimeTime Deluxe for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004

Sonic Solutions has released Sonic PrimeTime Deluxe, the premium version of the PrimeTime line of DVD creation software, for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition. Launched in conjunction with Microsoft's release of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, PrimeTime Deluxe expands upon the Media Center experience by making it easy to archive personal digital media such as recorded TV shows onto DVDs that can be played on set-top DVD players and multimedia PCs.

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Kaydara Adds NXN's Asset Management to MOTIONBUILDER 5

Kaydara has included NXN alienbrain asset management functionality to MOTIONBUILDER 5 Professional Edition, the latest version of its powerful realtime 3D character animation software that is currently shipping. The integrated support of NXN alienbrain allows MOTIONBUILDER 5 users to operate in a secure, version-controlled environment without having to leave their application.

Production Headline News

E-on Ships Vue 4 Professional

e-on software, the developer of award-winning 3D natural scenery products, has released Vue 4 Professional for MacOS X and Windows, the newest addition to its line of products for professional 3D designers and digital video production houses.

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Boris Red 3GL Now Available

Boris Red 3GL, an ideal solution for editors that require broadcast-quality features for titling, effects, compositing and 3D directly inside their nonlinear editing system, began shipping Sept. 17, 2003. With more than 40 dynamic new filters, enhanced tools and innovative technologies, Red 3GL offers OpenGL in an expanded compositing and effects environment to maximize creative potential.

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ResPower Releases Free 3ds max & Maya Uploader Plugin

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 12:00am

ResPower Inc. has announced the free beta release of the ResPower Uploader Plugin for Discreets 3ds max and Alias Maya. This allows users to upload their 3D source files to ResPower's render farm directly from 3ds max or Maya without using FTP software.

Digital Headline News

Pinnacle Systems Transforms PCs Into Networked Entertainment Center

Pinnacle Systems Inc. announced a new product aimed to help consumers enjoy their PC-based music, photos and video on the television in their living room. Pinnacle ShowCenter is a set-top device that connects to wireless and wired home local area networks (LAN) and enables streaming of multimedia files from any PC on the network to any television or home entertainment system in the house.

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Genetica Releases Seamless Texture Maker

Spiral Graphics announced the release of its anticipated Genetica seamless texture maker. Genetica, the industry's first node-based texture maker to specialize in the generation of seamless textures, intends to dramatically improve the productivity of game designers, 3D artists and others.

Software Headline News

Discreet to Launch Latest combustion 3

Discreet will begin shipping combustion 3, the latest version of its award-winning visual effects and 3D compositing desktop software, in fall 2003 for Windows XP and Windows 2000 and early 2004 for Macintosh OS X. Suggested price for combustion 3 software is $995. Upgrade price from combustion 2 or combustion 2.1 will be $199.