It’s February and the past week brought tons of news as well. There were updates to Adobe Substance and some cool new features in the works, significant updates to plugins and software, and AMD’s still dominating the laptop space.
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Adobe Substance Showcase and News 2021: Updates, New Features, and Cool R&D
Adobe live-streamed an event that covered news and future updates to Substance products this year. Substance Painter was updated (2021.1) with new functions that allow you to hide geometry, and copy-paste effects, in addition to improved UV Tiles workflow, new stitch tools, and more. The livestream also showcased a new version of Substance Designer (2021.1), including Pantone spot colors and a cool export tessellated mesh feature. In addition to product updates, the Substance team also showcased some promising R&D work that they were perfecting. One of those was an algorithm that could procedurally generate materials using photographs. You can watch the full event on YouTube.
Bondware Releases Poser 12
Poser 12 is the application’s first significant update to the popular figure-posing and animation software ever since Bondware bought it from previous owner Smith Micro in 2019. The update bundles an updated SuperFly render engine based on Blender’s Cycles 1.12 Engine, support for Optix hardware-based ray tracing for RTX graphics cards, improved compositing capabilities with SuperFly’s new shadow catcher objects, and more. Read more.
thinkingParticles Subscription Drop 10 Update Now Comes with Free Commercial License of finalRender
Cebas Visual Technology announced its release of thinkingParticles Subscription Drop 10. The company introduced its own DirectVolumeRendering SDK for thinkingParticles. Other updates include OpenVDB 7.2, OpenVDB Voxel Boundary for a more robust collision boundary type: Voxels, a rewritten Smoke Solver for creating fume and dust whirls with better stability and predictability. You can find the full list of updates here.
Uppercut Releases U-Render 2021.1 for Cinema 4D
U-Render 2021.1.3 introduces several UX improvements for the Cinema 4D integration. The update comes with a new layout that features clearer text and better support for the viewport to work in live mode, ready-to-use materials can quickly be adjusted with new material presets, and many other updates. Read more.
D5Render 1.8.0 is Now Available
A major update to D5Render brings a host of feature additions and improvements to the RTX-accelerated GPU renderer. There are a few notable feature updates like Dynamic Particle Assets, AO Mapping of materials, Lens flare effects, and much more. The update also fixes issues like undo and redo errors for list operations, Normal map failures, library list display failures, etc. You can find the full changelog here.
Spline Check: A Free Diagnostic Plugin for 3ds Max
Simpolium released a free diagnostic plugin for 3ds Max to help you check how many open splines you have in your project. The plugin also notifies you if it finds any spline intersections. See it in action here. Download free here.
Affinity Apps Receive Version 1.9 Update
Affinity is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite and its developer, Serif, released a free major update to its suite of applications. Affinity Designer for Graphic Design gets a new contour tool to make adding contours and line offsets to any shape or path more intuitive, while Affinity Photo receives the ability to liquify adjustments as live, maskable layers and substantial improvements to its RAW engine. There are quite a few updates, and you can find out more here.
Computer Base Tests AMD Ryzen 5980HS and 5800H to Confirm Impressive Laptop Performance
Seeking to confirm the claims AMD made during its laptop Ryzen 5000 processor launch during CES, Computer Base got its hands on two laptops with the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS and AMD Ryzen 9 5800H (Asus ROG Flow X13 in the “Supernova Edition” (GV301QH) and XMG Core 17 respectively). The performance numbers show the processors going toe-to-toe with Intel’s desktop processors like the Core i9 9900K – an impressive feat for a processor constrained to the laptop form factor. Read more (German).
Maxon Announces Maintenance Release for Magic Bullet Suite
Maxon announced the immediate availability of a maintenance release for Magic Bullet Suite that restores compatibility for updated tools on macOS Big Sur and Final Cut Pro. The update also lists several minor enhancements and stability improvements. Read more.
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