3ds Max 2018 is here!
Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:27


Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2018 software helps deliver improved productivity so that users can work more efficiently and creatively with modeling, animation, rendering and workflow updates.

  • Smart Asset Packaging - allows users to create, share, and update portable assets that are flexible, connected, and react to changes in design data.
  • Customizable Workspaces - offer a more responsive, modern, and personalized user experience.
  • Blended Box Map - gives users the ability to morph visible seams by blending as many as six materials applied to an object.
  • MAXtoA 1.0 plug-in - is integrated into 3ds Max 2018, giving artists access to Arnold's latest features.
Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2018 software is supported on the following 64-bit operating systems and at a minimum, requires a system with the following 64-bit hardware:


  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10 Professional operating system


  • 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
  • Refer to the Recommended Hardware wizard for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 6GB of free disk space for install
  • Three-button mouse

Web browser

Autodesk recommends the latest version of the following web browsers for access to online supplemental content:
  • Apple® Safari® web browser
  • Google Chrome™ web browser
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® web browser
  • Mozilla® Firefox® web browser

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Upgrade your old license today!
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:58

Licenses older than RealFlow 2012 * (inclusive) and Maxwell licenses older than V2 * (inclusive) will reach the end of their product support life-cycle. This means you will no longer be able to upgrade these licenses or receive technical support for them.

*Affected products:

  • RealFlow 1
  • RealFlow 2
  • RealFlow 3
  • RealFlow 4
  • RealFlow 5
  • ReaFlow 2012
  • RFConnect for RealFlow 2012 and previous versions
  • Maxwell v1
  • Maxwell v2 (all plugins: 3D Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, LightWave, Maya, Modo, Rhinoceros, Revit, Sketchup, Softimage, SolidWorks, Archicad, Bonzai3D, formZ, MicroStation, After Effects, Nuke, Photoshop).

Until June 30th 2017 you will still be able to upgrade older licenses to the latest version RealFlow 10 and Maxwell 4.. During this period you will exclusively get an additional 15% off** the upgrade price.

** Offer includes both license seats, simnodes and rendernodes. Does not apply to Learning Edition, Student & Faculty licenses.

What happens next?

If you have a perpetual license, you can keep using it, no problem. You can upgrade it until the end of June with a discount, or buy a new license at a regular price afterwards. Please also note that there will be no technical support available for licenses older than RealFlow 2012 (inclusive), and that Next Limit won’t be able to generate, reallocate nor retrieve old licenses.

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V-Ray 3 for Rhino - Now Available
Thursday, 06 April 2017 00:00

V-Ray 3 is built to be the smartest and fastest renderer for Rhino. With new quick render presets and intuitive controls, you can focus on design, not the technical details. Its twin-engine rendering architecture can take full advantage of the latest CPU or GPU hardware. And with V-Ray’s full suite of tools, you can render anything and everything – from quick design concepts to your most detailed 3D models.

What’s New

  • New UI: Designer-friendly user interface for faster and easier workflows.
  • Material library: Select from over 500 drag and drop materials to speed up your next project.
  • V-Ray Swarm: Render with maximum power using V-Ray’s new simple and scalable distributed rendering.
  • Denoiser: Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.
  • Virtual Reality: Render virtual reality content for popular VR headsets.
  • Section cuts: Render quick cutaways and cross sections with V-Ray Clipper.
  • Aerial perspective: Add depth to your images with realistic atmospheric effects.
  • Grass & fur: Create realistic grass, fabrics and carpet with V-Ray Fur.
New licensing policy
Our licensing policy has changed. V-Ray 3 for Rhino Workstation licenses now include 1 GUI and 1 Render Node license. Now, Render Node licenses can be used with any V-Ray 3.x application.
  • Online licensing
    With the release of V-Ray 3 for Rhino, we will now offer an online licensing option.
Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.
  • Free upgrade from V-Ray 2 for Rhino
    Anyone who purchased a new license or upgraded from V-Ray 2 for Rhino, within the validity period, qualifies for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3 for Rhino. This free upgrade includes one workstation license plus one render node.
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Free Monthly Training Webinars - PFTrack and PFClean CK
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:02

The Pixel Farm will now be hosting live training workshops every month!
This is a great opportunity for Track addicts and Clean aficionados to learn the latest techniques directly from their product specialists as they teach you everything you need to know to get started in our software.

They kick off this Thursday with ‘An Introduction to Matchmoving in PFTrack’, followed by ‘An Introduction to Film and Video Restoration in PFClean’ on Thursday 13th April.
Sessions will take place at two times on the day to cover different time zones, and will repeat monthly, so you can join in at a time and date that best suits you. Places are limited for each workshop so make sure you save your space early!

To find out more about the training workshops and book a slot, visit their dedicated training page here

V-Ray 3.5 for Maya - Now Available
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:03

Production-proven CPU & GPU rendering for animation and visual effects for film, television and virtual reality. V-Ray 3.5 for Maya brings faster rendering, more responsive look development and added realism to high-end VFX and animation projects.

Chaos Group’s V-Ray won a sci-tech Academy Award in 2017 for its role in bringing realistic CGI to the big screen.

See what’s new in V-Ray 3.5 for Maya:

  • Adaptive lights: Fast new lighting algorithm that speeds up rendering in scenes with many lights.
  • V-Ray IPR: New in-process IPR starts instantly, updates faster and uses less memory. Changes to materials in the Hypershade Material Viewer are made in real time.
  • V-Ray Frame Buffer tools: Speeds up look development on individual objects with the new Render Mask: Isolate select tool. Select objects, materials and camera focus directly in the frame buffer.
  • alSurface material: General-purpose shader by Anders Langlands with layered SSS and glossy fresnel reflections — popular for skin.
  • GPU rendering improvements: Render larger, more detailed scenes using a lot less memory with On-demand Mip-mapping. V-Ray’s fast GPU renderer adds support for a wider range of production features.
  • Resumable rendering: Stop your render at any point and continue where you left off.

Licensing and Pricing

  • Online Licensing:
    With the release of V-Ray 3.5 for Maya, we will now offer an Online licensing option. Please note that in order to use the online licensing option, users need to download the latest version (4.0) of the V-Ray license server.
Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.
  • Bundle offer new licenses:
    New purchases of V-Ray 3 Workstation for Maya licenses plus Phoenix FD receive the special bundle price of €1000.
  • Bundle offer upgrades:
    Owners of an existing V-Ray 2 for Maya license can upgrade to V-Ray 3 for Maya and add Phoenix FD for just €550.

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Deadline 9.0 is Now Available
Friday, 10 March 2017 08:09

The latest version of Thinkbox scalable high-volume compute management solution - Deadline 9.0 is now available. This new version introduces additional security features and UI improvements. For improved security of your render farm, all connections from Deadline to the Deadline database will use SSL certificates that can be password protected. In addition, new installation and configuration options have been added to better support distributed deployments.

Highlighted Features:

  • SSL-enabled MongoDB database
  • New installation and configuration options
  • Remote command improvements
  • Improved find options in the user interface
  • New unified pipeline tools interface for submission scripts
  • AWS Spot Fleet support
  • New application support
More information about Deadline 9.0.
You may download Deadline 9.0 here.
Information regarding how to upgrade to Deadline 9.0 can be found here.
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