Reactions to Autodesk’s announcement that Softimage would be discontinued have been heated. A petition and a Facebook page have been created by artists who want to see Softimage continue being developed, a poll is up also, asking Softimage users which 3D application they intend to migrate to.
Negative comments abound in various forums and Facebook pages [more...]
A smart move by Otoy. The developers of OctaneRender are making the software available free for students, giving them access to the standalone version of OctaneRender, as well as the associated plugins for Blender and 3DS Max (and shortly Maya). More on OctaneRender’s site.
California-based Redshift Rendering Technologies announced that they’re working on making their GPU-accelerated biased renderer compatible with 3DS Max. Features include an out-of-core architecture that allows to render massive scenes that would otherwise not fit in video memory, geometry instancing, progressive rendering mode, physically correct surface shaders, point-based SSS, sampling optimizations, etc. More on Redshift’s site.
The free graphics painting software originally developed for Linux is now officially available for Windows. Features include: multiple brush engines, graphic tablet support (pressure sensitivity, tilt and other features), OpenGL powered canvas with high bit-depth monitor support, filters with real-time previews, a layer engine that allows deeply nested and grouped layers, bitmap and vector painting tools, PSD file support (limited), etc. More on Krita’s website.
New features in Cl3ver’s browser-based 3D engine include: optimized editor UI, new method for creating 3D presentations based on “Steps” and Automatic Light Rendering for increased realism. Also of note, a free subscription plan option has been added that allows to publish up to 3 projects per month online. More on Cl3ver.com.
Faceware Technologies announced that it is offering a new package targeted at independent and mobile game developers and artists. It includes lite versions of Faceware’s software (Analyzer and Retargeter), and a GoPro Headcam facial performance capture kit. In addition, Faceware has also updated its Pro Facial Mocap Package with enhancements to Faceware Analyzer 2.0 Pro and a new HD Headcam Pro system. [more...]
3DSMaxWire is a free software developed by Brezhnyev Kyrylo that allows you to navigate a Max scene using and Android-based mobile device as input (tablet, phone, etc.). More on Google Play.
Autodesk has made available a video showing some of 3DS Max 2015′s new features. Watch it on YouTube.
After much speculation and rumour Autodesk has now confirmed that the Softimage 2015 release, expected on April 14th, will be its last. Autodesk will continue to support the product until April 30, 2016. Existing subscribers are being offered a free transition to 3DS Max or Maya. To read the statement in full visit Autodesk’s Softimage page and visit this link to sign up for live Q & A on March 17th, 12pm EST about the news.
US-based Legacy Effects shows how 3D printing is being used increasingly in the creation of physical and digital visual effects. Watch the video on YouTube.
Autodesk will once again be holding online sessions in which 3DS Max, Maya and Mudbox experts from the company will be answering related questions from the audience. Sessions will be held March 26 and 27. Notably absent is, again, any reference to Softimage/XSI. A form is available to submit your questions. More on Autodesk.