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Monday, August 13, 2007

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+ e-on software, makers of Vue, the leading solutions for natural 3D environments, and creators of the breakthrough spectral atmosphere technology announced the immediate availability of Ozone 3.0 for 3DS Max, Cinema4D, LightWave, Maya and XSI. Ozone 3.0 is a complete solution for creating and rendering scenes with real 3D clouds and spectral atmospheres.
+ 3dm3 has posted a new 3ds Max rendering tutorial/making-off by
Emre Goren, about how he rendered 3d model of yellow Ferrari.
+ Hyperfocal Design is proud to announce the release of its new Night Skies “mini collection”. Night Skies is available on DVD and contains 14 night and twilight images, including two bonus HDR moon images. The images in Night Skies measure 10,000X2,500 pixels in TIFF format.
+ E-on Software Ships
Vue 6 xStream for Macintosh OSX. Vue 6 xStream offers CG professionals a complete toolset to integrate their Maya, LightWave or Cinema4D projects in rich and realistic natural 3D environments.
+ VFX powerhouse Framestore CFC has built a repository of knowledge and technique for animating
realistic animals. The commercials team reveals its trade secrets to 3D World – and explains why it recently had to relearn everything.
+ Pixologic has announced ZBrush 3.1. Update and its now available for download. ZMapper and Displacement Exporter have been ported for ZBrush 3.1 to allow more flexibility for exporting your sculpt. Check out what its like to sculpt in the new ZBrush.
+ Softimage announces Face Robot version 1.8 and XSI 6.5 with a new pricing scheme. Built on the XSI 6 core, Face Robot 1.8 makes it easier than ever to create compelling 3D facial animation.
+ NewTek, Inc., has announced the availability of LightWave® v9.3, during SIGGRAPH 2007, August 7th – 11th. This is the second in a series of free updates to the Emmy®-award winning 3D application. LightWave v9.3 provides improvements in rendering technology, including: the ability to render lines with photo realistic motion blur; two new sub-surface scattering shaders that are significantly faster than earlier shaders, and higher quality as well; various performance enhancements throughout the product; as well as numerous maintenance improvements.
+ Autodesk, Inc. will be supporting designers through sponsorship of the VisMasters Design Modeling and Visualization Conference (DMVC), to be held in San Diego from August 9 to 11, 2007. VisMasters DMVC conferences are hosted in North America and Europe. These events offer professionals from the design, modeling and visualization industries a platform to learn, network and influence the direction of their industries.
+ Ben Rogall releases Binder for XSI, an alternative to displacement mapping. The concept of this plugin is as an alternative to displacement mapping. If you have a low-poly base object to animate/deform in XSI and a corresponding high-poly sculpted version, this plugin will bind the high-poly version (as an external file) to the base object. Then at render time the high poly detail is rendered, using the animation/deformation of the base object. For downloading Binder for XSI, please click here (via - xsiBase).
+ Massive Software announced availability of Massive, the artificial intelligence (AI) driven animation system, on the Windows platform. In its newly announced Version 3.0, available both on Linux and Windows, Massive delivers more power with dynamic hair and fur, lanes, layer simulations, subdivision surfaces, improved dynamics and more.
+ 3dTotal has recently published ''Making of Faydrums'' by a truly amazing artist with a beautiful imagination, Benita Winckler.
+ CgChannel has published an interview with Marco Dilucaa, the senior character modeler at Weta Digital. Read the 3d artist interview here.
+ 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, today announced a public beta release of plug-ins that allow its line of 3D mice to support Blender, a free, open-source, 3D-content-creation software suite.

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