Thursday, March 26, 2009

Autodesk Introduces 3ds Max 2010 Software at Game Developers Conference

Autodesk, Inc. has introduced Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 software - the latest version of its 3D modeling, animation and rendering product - offering nearly 350 additional features. The 2010 release provides innovative creative tools: a render-quality viewport display and at least 100 new Graphite modeling tools. It also offers powerful new capabilities that help artists manage complex scenes with greater ease and an unprecedented level of support for software interoperability and pipeline integration. Artists have used 3ds Max to create numerous award-winning entertainment projects, such as "Fallout 3," "Prince of Persia" and "Gears of War 2." "3ds Max 2010 is a feature-packed release that has generated a lot of excitement in the 3D community," said Marc Petit, Autodesk senior vice president, Media & Entertainment. "This version will help artists work faster than ever before, so they can explore more ideas, push boundaries, and create stunning work in less time." Jeff Hanna, senior technical artist at Volition, is a 3ds Max 2010 beta tester. His favorite new feature in the 2010 release is the xView mesh analyzer. "3ds Max 2010 software's powerful xView mesh analyzer will make it easier for us to ensure that every asset our artists create is correct and game ready," said Hanna. "The xView technology can quickly identify missing UVW coordinates, overlapping vertices, or open edges, among other things. With this tool, we won't have to worry about bad game data due to invalid geometry." Key Highlights of Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 Innovative Creative Tools
A new Graphite modeling and texturing system introduces at least 100 additional creative tools and helps artists explore and more rapidly iterate their ideas.
The addition of render-like effects in the viewport display - such as soft shadowing, exposure control and ambient occlusion - offers near photo-real quality for faster decision making. Powerful New Referencing and Scene Management Capabilities
Artists can create robust referencing workflows to help organize complex scenes more easily by treating multiple objects and scenes as a single Container object.
A new Material Explorer helps to simplify the way artists interact with objects and materials, making iterations much easier even in highly complex scenes.
The new multithreaded xView mesh analyzer technology helps to significantly reduce errors by providing in-viewport reporting on several types of mesh. Enhanced Software Interoperability and Pipeline Integration
3ds Max 2010 is the first animation package to integrate mental images' powerful mental mill technology. This allows users to develop, test and maintain hardware-agnostic shaders and complex shader graphs for hardware and software rendering with real-time visual feedback.
Enhanced OBJ support and ProOptimizer technology provide improved interoperability with Autodesk Mudbox software.
Additional support for C# and .NET gives developers the access they need to customize, extend and integrate 3ds Max into their existing pipelines. 3ds Max 2010 also includes all the features offered in the Creativity Extension for 3ds Max 2009, released in August 2008. A list of features in 3ds Max 2010 is available at Videos of the new features in 3ds Max 2010 are available on the Autodesk YouTube Channel. To learn more about the software, also visit Autodesk's 3ds Max blogs by Ken Pimentel, director of visual communications; Shane Griffith, 3ds Max product manager; and Louis Marcoux, 3ds Max application specialist.

Toon Boom Pipeline Selected to Deliver the First Co-Production Project between Canada and South Africa

Toon Boom Animation Inc. today announced that the first co-production deal between Canada’s Cookie Jar Entertainment, a leading global independent producer of children’s entertainment, and South Africa’s biggest animation studio, Clockwork Zoo, will use the Toon Boom pipeline to produce Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular. The 26-episode half-hour show is based on the immensely popular book of the same name by the hottest family in children’s content, mother-son duo Betty and Mickey Paraskevas (Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Junior Knoll). Toon Boom has worked closely with Clockwork Zoo and the Cape Film Commission to present the benefits of using field-proven technology to grow the animation industry in South Africa and make it attractive to such prestigious partners as Cookie Jar. "Toon Boom is fully dedicated to making South Africa a viable animation hub and is very proud to see such great players embarking on a common venture. This is a wonderful example of what Toon Boom is committed to do: provide animation technology and know-how to producers and creators as well as facilitate business introductions within the Toon Boom community," shared Joan Vogelesang, President and Chief Executive Officer at Toon Boom.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Corel Digital Art Competition 2009

The Corel Digital Art Competition 2009 is open to entries from the Asia Pacific region. The contest brings together designers, enterprises and organizations for communication and to provide international exposure for today’s up-and-coming artists.
Submission Period
Entries may be submitted at the contest Website until May 31. Vote for your favorite entries at any time.
The judging period for entries is from 1st - 30th.
Announcement of Winners
Winners will be announced on July 1st. Winning entries will be posted on the contest Website.

Encourage and cultivate talented individuals who use Corel software for creative expression. Promote the use of creative software in art education, to realize the goal of digital art creation. Enable people from different cultures to exchange ideas and broaden their perspectives on design and creativity. Use your creativity in graphic design or video editing to promote your concept, whether it is a product, service or just an idea.
1)Graphic Design Including any creative graphic, illustration, package design, poster, advertisement, drawing, etc.(Eligible Software: CorelDRAW®、Painter™、Painter™ Essentials、PhotoImpact®、Paint Shop Pro® )
2)Video EditingIncluding any personal movie, travelogue, documentary advertisement, funny clip or slideshow, etc.(Required editor: Corel VideoStudio®)

(1) Grand Prize – 1 Winner (Prizes valued at approx. US$12,000) US$5,000 Cash Sony VAIO AR790U/B Notebook Canon VIXIA HF10 HD digital camcorder Wacom Cintiq 12WX tablet Corel Software CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X4 Corel Painter™ X Corel VideoStudio® X2 Corel WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray Corel DVD MovieFactory™ Pro 7 Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo X2 Winner's Certificate
for regional prizes and more information visit Corel Website.