V-Ray 3.5 for Nuke - Now Available
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:38

V-Ray 3.5 adds powerful new features to your compositing workflow. This update is free for all V-Ray 3.x for NUKE customers and is compatible with NUKE 10.5.

New key features include:

  • V-Ray Volume Grid – Import and render volume simulations from applications like Houdini. Supports OpenVDB, Field3D and Phoenix FD files.
  • Deep Rendering - V-Ray for NUKE now generates better deep data that can be further composited in NUKE's deep workflow.
  • Support for VRayDenoiser and Denoiser Render element – Denoise images within NUKE, and take advantage of additional channels generated from V-Ray.
  • Light Cache - V-Ray's signature light cache, which speeds up global illumination, is accessible in V-Ray for NUKE.
  • Improved Render Elements integration - Now it's easier to match and composite channels with render elements rendered in V-Ray for NUKE.
  • Support for TriPlanar Texture - Quickly assign bitmap and other 2D textures on objects that don't have suitable UV coordinates.
  • V-Ray Falloff texture – Control shading effects by an object’s surface angle to the camera. Use NUKE Curves for even more control.

Online Licensing

Chaos Group now offers 2 licensing options: Dongle Licensing and Online Licensing.
*Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.

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Save 30% on Autodesk Software
Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:30

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Do you have an old perpetual license that is no longer under maintenance, or in use? 
Don’t miss this opportunity and save up to 30% on a 3-year subscription!

Save up to 30% off the 3-year subscription of selected products when trading in qualifying serial numbers.* Purchase one new 3-year subscription for each seat associated with serial number(s).
* Autodesk license R14 - 2016 perpetual license or a 2017 license without an active maintenance plan.

Terms & conditions:

  • Only perpetual licenses can be traded-in.
  • Licenses must be commercial versions and registered.
  • To receive the 30% discount, you must trade-in the eligible perpetual serial number(s) and no longer use all seats associated to that serial number(s).
  • The offer applies to both single-user and multi-user subscriptions.
  • Qualifying Autodesk LT® Family licenses are eligible to be traded-in for 3-year subscriptions to Autodesk LT Family products only
The offer is available February 7 through April 21, 2017 (dates inclusive).
For new subscriptions only.
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articy:draft 3 - Now available
Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:37

Nevigo's articy:draft 3 is now available!

New features:

  • Unity plugin - gets your content ready to use in Unity with just a few clicks.
  • Macro Plugin System - The Macro Devkit enables you to develop your own macro plugins fast and easily.
  • Highly Customizable Exports - Rulesets give you the possibility to create general filters that make selecting objects every time you want to export redundant.
  • Object Properties in Scripts - In addition to global variables, you can now use object properties within scripts.
  • Unrestricted Flow - Now you can create flow fragments and dialogues inside of dialogues.
  • Sorting by Flow Position - All flow objects in the navigator are now sorted by the node’s position in the flow view.
  • Improved Final Draft Import - The improved Final Draft import now generates articy:draft documents with virtually the same formatting as the original Final Draft files.
  • BB-Code Text Formatting - You can now switch to the much cleaner and shorter BB-Code formatting for the Excel- and Unity-exports.
  • .JSON export - A highly customizable, simple to parse .json export.
  • Expandable Spellchecker - You can now add words to the ignore list of the spellchecker dictionary.
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PFClean 2017
Monday, 13 February 2017 15:54

PFClean 2017 is now released, bringing digital and physical restoration even closer.

What is new?

  • Digital Wet Gate
  • Colour Management Pipeline
  • Expanded Standards Conversion Node
  • Extended Video Restoration Tools
  • UI changes and Software Enhancements
  • And much much more.
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V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds MAX – Now available
Friday, 10 February 2017 08:12


V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max is here and it’s packed with must-have new features including adaptive lights, a new efficient lighting algorithm shown to reduce render times by up to seven times.

Top Features:

  • Interactive production rendering – Fully interactive production rendering with immediate feedback on both V-Ray CPU and GPU.
  • Glossy Fresnel - Add realism to any scene with our new physically-accurate reflection model.
  • Resumable Rendering - Stop and continue rendering at any point, preserving work and saving time.
  • Live VR Rendering - Render directly to Oculus Rift or HTC Vive with full GPU acceleration.
  • Interactive Lens Effects - GPU-accelerated glare and bloom effects that can be enabled and adjusted while rendering.
  • Forest Color Support - Color variation support in Forest Pack by iToo Software.
  • alSurface material - Ander Langlands’ revolutionary shader adds new layers of realism to skin.
  • MDL Materials - NVIDIA’s universal material format is now supported by V-Ray.


Online Licensing
  • With the release of V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max, Chaos Group now offers 2 licensing options: Dongle Licensing and Online Licensing.
Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.

Upgrade Promotion – up to 30% Price Reduction

  • 30% off from February 8 till March 31, 2017
  • 20% off from April 1 till May 31, 2017
In addition, every license upgrade during the promotion period will include a complimentary 1-year VRscans Workstation license and material library access, worth over $400. The complimentary 1-year VRscans Workstation license will be added automatically to your upgrade order.
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Flame Family - Licensing & Offering Changes
Friday, 03 February 2017 10:52

Feb 15th, 2017, Autodesk will ship the 2018 version of its Flame Family of products:

  • Autodesk Flame Premium 2018
  • Autodesk Flame 2018
  • Autodesk Flame Assist 2018
  • Autodesk Lustre 2018
  • Autodesk Flare 2018

These versions will include the new Autodesk licensing framework.

What are the changes Autodesk is making to its Flame Family of products?

  • With the next release of the Flame Family of products, Autodesk will switch to the same licensing technology it uses for many of its other software products including Autodesk Maya® and Autodesk 3ds Max®. The Flame Family will no longer use its current licensing system.
  • Autodesk is discontinuing perpetual licenses as part of its transition to subscription based products.
  • Customers’ existing perpetual rights are not affected. You will be able to continue to use the software you have licensed, in perpetuity, in accordance with your perpetual license agreement. This will also be valid under the new licensing framework.
  • There are no changes to the price for floating (now multi-user access) subscriptions to any of the Flame Family of products. However, the price for perpetual licenses is being eliminated and we will no longer sell perpetual licenses. Also, the new licensing framework now allows us to offer new single-user access subscriptions to Flame, Flare and Flame Assist for macOS.
  • Autodesk single-user access requires that the license will be attributed to a single ‘named’ user and only be used by that named user. Single user access is available for macOS only and, in the case of Flame, does not support background rendering (so no support for Burn nodes).
  • Multi-user access allows licenses to be shared across multiple workstations and artists. It is ideal for larger companies where there is a need for multiple people and machines to share software licences across a network or where artists may need the ability to use their licenses outside of the office – on set for example. Subscribers with multi-user access do not require an Internet connection for activation as licenses are assigned over a network by a network license server.
  • Maintenance entitlements will be migrated to the new licensing system automatically from February 15th 2017*. As of that date you will be entitled to Autodesk multi-user maintenance plan benefits. For more information about multi-user maintenance plan benefits visit here.

*The migration will commence on this date it may take up to 3 weeks to process all customers. You will be notified via your Autodesk account when your entitlements are available. Please note only Quarterly and Annual Subscriptions will be migrated. After February 15th, 2017, customers whose Quarterly multi-user subscription plans expire, will need to choose a new subscription plan that best suits their needs after their initial migration. Monthly, contracts will be available in My Accounts once either purchased for the first time or renewed after February 15th, 2017.

The Flame 2018 installation has been modified to comply with the Autodesk Licensing Framework. The installation process for Flame, Flame Assist, Lustre and Flare is now the same as other Autodesk products such as Maya and 3ds Max. See the Download and Install topics for more information.

Customers with valid maintenance and subscription plans at the time of the transition will still be able to access the Edge Portal to manage licenses for prior versions. However, all technical support requests will need to be created through your Autodesk Account. See Managing Technical Support for Subscription Products & Services for more information.

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