+ llluminate Labs has announced the fifth generation of our renderer plug-in Turtle for Maya, now available as a public Beta, faster, sharper, and shinier than ever. Much work has been done to improve the Global Illumination system. The handling of light leak problems has also been improved, for both Final Gather and the Path Tracer. The baking system has also received a whole lot of love. Turtle Beta unified workflow for Texture/Vertex Baking and Surface Transfer enabling you to combine baking from high res surfaces with ordinary baking and everything can now be done at both the texture and vertex level. A new adaptive sampling scheme has been implemented for anti-aliasing, as well as a specific system for handling very small or thin triangles in texture baking. For vertex baking there is also a new sampling method which gives smoother and better results. The user interface has also been improved to make it easier to find the specific controls that you need to adjust. Support for Maya 2009 is, of course, included in the package. Download full feature list (pdf).
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