VRscans Extended 90-Day Trial
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 07:14

Chaos Group has extended the VRscans trial period from 30 to 90 days. You’ll have more time to try their wide range of materials in your V-Ray for 3ds Max and V-Ray for Maya projects. And you’ll spend less time fiddling because VRscans look and act exactly like the real thing.

Get started with your 90-day trial. Login or create an account at:

Want to see how to make the most of VRscans? Check out this in-depth tutorial by 3D artist Luca Veronese.

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Krakatoa, Frost, XMesh and Stoke – Ready for 3ds Max 2018
Friday, 08 September 2017 08:06

The Thinkbox 3ds Max plugins have been updated with 3ds Max 2018 support!

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New versions of Krakatoa, Frost, XMesh and Stoke, rebuilt for 3ds Max 2018 are now available for download. Just follow the links below to get your update:

Krakatoa MX 2.7 - same as v2.6.3, but with added 3ds Max 2018 support. v3.0 is currently in Beta.

Frost MX 2.1 - same as v2.0.14, but with added 3ds Max 2018 support.

Stoke MX 2.3.5 - a new version with 3ds Max 2018 support and several new features - see Change Log

XMesh MX 1.5 - same as v1.4, but with added 3ds Max 2018 support.

More information here

Find out more about Autodesk 3ds Max 2018 here

Deadline Release:
Friday, 08 September 2017 07:36

This is the second revision release for Deadline 10.0. It fixes a few bugs that have been reported during the 10.0 release cycle and adds some minor improvements.

General Improvements:

  • Added a new Network Whitelist to the page to the Repository Options. If the Network Whitelist is enabled, the Web Service and Connection Servers will only accept communication from the IP addresses specified in the list.

Installer Improvements:

  • The AWS Portal Link Server installer now displays a more helpful message when trying to install over a previous version.
  • Added better error detection/handling in the AWS Portal Link Server installer.
  • Added better logging in the AWS Portal Server installer.
  • Fixed the widths of some of the labels in the AWS Portal Server installer interface.

More information at the Deadline documentation site

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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