Chaos Group released a new service pack for V-Ray updating it to Build 2.40.04. V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max is a fast rendering solution, which combines the power of the distinguished V-Ray rendering engine with the flexibility and unprecedented speed of the interactive rendering system V-Ray RT, now running on GPUs. The new service pack adds the compatibility with Autodesk 3ds Max 2014, brings new features, enhancements and bug fixes. Between the most interesting new features belongs already mentioned support for 3ds Max 2014 and the support of Phoenix FD 2.1 for V-Ray RT. Also, the new service pack further improves the integration between V-Ray and MultiScatter allowing the user to effectively render millions of polygons of instanced geometry with V-Ray RT. Chaos Group decided to change the default settings of VFB’s sRGB button, “Don’t affect colors” option and “Gamma” value to build a Linear Workflow from the beginning. Some changes were made also by materials and shaders in this new build where a displacement channel was added to VRayCarPaint. The update is free of charge for all V-Ray 2.0 customers.
PipelineFX announces the release of Qube! 6.5. New tools for job tagging, configuration, and reporting round out Qube!’s most feature-rich offering to date; while improvements to Smart Farming functionality promote a simpler path to pipeline intelligence.
During this development cycle, PipelineFX tackled two areas that will bring immediate results to their customers. The first: detailed cost reporting for firms that manage rendering across multiple shows and clients. The second: an increased ability for larger studios to minimize supervisor downtime and easily re-configure their render farm as situations and usage rates shift.
Luxion, the leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and maker of the first real time ray tracing and global illumination program, announced the KeyShot 4.1. With the new version of KeyShot, Luxion continues to develop the feature list presented with KeyShot 4. User interface improvements, LiveLinking between KeyShot and 3D modelling applications, physical lights, colour libraries and advanced Pro features like view sets and render passes are just a few of the features added within KeyShot 4 to increase both the speed in rendering and the flexibility in creating visuals for all 3D professionals across the fields of engineering and design. The same focus which was applied by developing KeyShot 4 continues with KeyShot 4.1 with major release level features that both complement and enhance the growing feature set, making Luxion's internally developed rendering technology the fastest, most accurate 3D rendering and animation system available. The new features and enhancements should according to Luxion allow the users to present their 3D artworks and projects in new ways. Between the new features implemented inside Keyshot 4.1 belong Focused caustics, Procedural textures and Toon shading.
Thinkbox Software has released Deadline 6.0, the latest update to the renderfarm-management system. The release features a redesigned, more customisable UI, featuring live data refreshing and a new graph view showing the status of a render farm at a glance.
The backend has also been updated, now featuring a more scalable MongoDB database; and support for the Amazon EC2 cloud has been built in, with simple menu options to start, clone or stop cloud machines.
Deadline 6.0 is available now for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Each node licence costs $185.
Chaos Group is a leading provider of innovative rendering solutions for the media, entertainment, and design industries. With the announcement of V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp open beta, users now have the biggest expansion to SketchUp’s rendering capabilities. This massive upgrade brings 16 new features to V-Ray for SketchUp that enhance visualization workflow and render quality. With these new features V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp has become the most robust, and artist-friendly render application SketchUp users have ever seen. Between the new features implemented into the new version belong V-Ray RT®, V-Ray Dome Light and V-Ray Proxy. V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp will offer architects and designers access to proven V-Ray technologies that accelerate the creative process. For example, using V-Ray Proxies users can render huge amounts of geometry in the blink of an eye.