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Maya LT 2018 is released!
Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:03

With several UV improvements and exciting new modeling tool updates, Autodesk® Maya LT® 2018 helps game developers work faster than ever before.

Modeling and animation workflows have seen significant improvements that does not only allow artists to work quicker, but also help making character creation more enjoyable.

Modeling

  • Maya LT 2018 features a revamped UV editor that simplifies the UI and introduces new UV features and simplified workflows.
  • Maya LT 2018 introduces a new intelligent stacking feature and the ability to automatically distribute UVs so game developers can get their UV work done quicker.

Animation

  • Get better control over offsetting of clips with Maya LT’s Modern Time Editor featuring a new workflow for defining custom root(s) for relocator objects allowing for better control in world space. Time editor Clips can now be looped progressively, so that cycles project forward.

Viewport

  • Maya LT 2018 introduces transparent shadows that cast correct 1-bit shadows and ambient occlusion (SSAO) through cards with transparent texture maps, allowing for viewport shadows to be visualized in scenes that previously did not support them.

 

Read more about what’s new in Maya LT 2018

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Deadline 10 is here!
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:18

Deadline 10 increases flexibility for hybrid workflows that leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2, allowing you the freedom to easily access any combination of on-premise or cloud-based resources. The new AWS Portal panel in the Deadline Monitor enables simple and secure expansion of your on-premise render farm, and natively integrates with AWS via your existing AWS account. It also synchronizes with your on-premise asset server automatically to ensure all appropriate files have been transferred to AWS before rendering begins.

Highlighted Features

  • Deadline AWS Portal.
  • Dynamic Licensing Switching - The Deadline Slaves can now automatically switch between traditional Floating Licensing and Usage Based licensing.
  • Flexible Deadline Client Configuration - All settings in the deadline.ini configuration file can now be overridden using environment variables.
  • Execute Command Whitelist - To enhance security, a new Execute Command whitelist option has been added to Remote Administration, which allows you to define the exact commands that are allowed to be executed on remote machines.
  • Remote Connection Server - The Remote Connection Server is a new Deadline application that is meant to be a drop-in replacement for the Deadline Proxy Server application.

The price of a one-year Deadline license is now just $48.00 USD including support.

Perpetual licenses are available upon request.

Deadline documentation site

Lear more about Deadline 10 here

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Arnold Packs
Friday, 18 August 2017 08:36

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We are very excited to announce a new offering - Arnold Packs. These are bundles of Arnold (annual) subscription licenses, which customers can use locally or on the cloud. We are currently offering the Arnold 5-Pack promo: 5 Arnold licenses for USD $1500/year. By comparison, the price of 5 individual Arnold subscription licenses is currently USD $3000/year, so purchasing Arnold Packs means substantial savings.

There are no limits to the number of Arnold 5-Packs that can be purchased.

Arnold is now free for educational institutions. - Faculty, instructors and Program Directors interested in running Arnold at their school can visit the Autodesk Education Portal to request Arnold Educational Licenses.

Presenting Arnold Answers - A new reputation-based technical Q&A forum for all Arnold users.

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Maya 2018 - Now available!
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:20

With new enhancements and an ongoing focus on stability, Autodesk® Maya® 2018 software helps artists work faster and more efficiently than ever. Over the past few releases, Maya has continued to push the boundaries when it comes to character creation with updates to modeling, animation, and new interactive grooming workflows. In addition to characters, the motion graphics workflow in Maya continues to mature with growing capabilities that now includes rigid-body dynamics. When it comes to rendering, the combination of Render Setup and Arnold provides artists with a powerful rendering solution that can tackle the toughest projects.

Introducing Maya 2018

More information here.

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RealFlow | Cinema 4D 2
Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

 

New features includes:

  • High Performance Fluids: RealFlow | Cinema 4D 2.0 is built on RealFlow’s 10 Dyverso multiphysics solver – so you get the best in fluid simulation quality and performance, with an easy workflow.
  • Fully Integrated Toolkits: Make use of your favourite set of Cinema 4D tools. Just to name a few: Deformers, MoGraph objects, Thinking Particles workflows and native Cinema 4D falloffs.
  • Different Fluids Interactions: Now it is possible to mix fluids with different properties. This includes not only liquids but all of our multiphysics materials (granular, viscous, viscoelastic) plus rigid and elastic.
  • And more!

Next Limit’s Premium Support model:

  • The Premium Support model will substitute our current support services, and will cover all Next Limit products. Including: Software / tools training, support in the creation of contents, fine-tuning scenes, pipeline structure and change of format workflow.
  • Customers will have a calendar tool to schedule a support session with our Team.
  • The service will be limited to five hours and will have a reduced cost when purchased at the same time as any Next Limit product.
Customers who bought RealFlow | Cinema 4D version 1 in June will be entitled to a free upgrade to version 2. Also, customers with an active Support contract will be entitled to free upgrades to new major versions until the expiry date of their contracts.
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Shotgun release 7.3
Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:29

Shotgun 7.3 is out! This update is all about performance, making it easier than ever for admins to run and manage Shotgun efficiently.

Restart your site

If you’re an Admin, you can now restart your own site after making changes to the schema.

Improved AMIs

AMIs now have the ability to open as a lightbox on top of the page you’re currently viewing, instead of opening in a new tab. Simply choose the “Open in Modal Overlay” option when creating a new AMI.

Optimization

  • Searching for both group and user tasks in the My Tasks view is now much faster.
  • Improved the speed of checking large trees of Task dependencies.
Complete release notes here.

 

 
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