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The second bugfix release of Krita 2.8 is now available and includes added support for reading PSD layer groups, fixed memory leaks and several other improvements. Linux users can get updates from their distributions, Windows users can download installers from the kritastudio.com website.
Well, we couldn't be 100% certain that this tool did as Gleb had shown, really did exist. Who could blame him after that teddy bear feature in Blender (;-)) but there is in fact a very handy-dandy tool that requires merely one single click to magically transform your texture image into a tileable one.
Check out this new Substance Painter Beta 3 demonstration video, where you can see how to use the brand new 2D painting tools within a unique unified 3D & 2D workflow.
Autodesk has announced the free release of 2 software packages that were previously bundled with their primary 3D application installs. You can now download the compositing software Composite and camera tracking application MatchMover at the Autodesk Exchange Store. Simply select your store (software) of choice > Utilities (left side bar menu) and you can click on your flavour of OS for either applications to download.
Allegorithmic have released Substance Designer 4.2, allowing Substance Designer materials and textures to be updated in real-time in any other software (e.g. Marmoset Toolbag 2, Unreal Engine 4, Unity) and in addition, sRGB/Linear gamma switch is now available in the 2D and 3D views for a more PBR-correct view of colors.
Maya LT is will be coming to Steam on April 22, no doubt to directly compete with The Foundry's equivalent, MODO Steam Edition. There's no pricing on the Steam page yet, but it's probably safe to say the cost is $50/month...so not much of a competition in terms of price (MODO SE runs at $149/month). And as for features, you can see them all here.
If you haven't seen this yet, on Thursday, Pluralsight (who are also in the business of online training) bought Digital-Tutors for $45Million USD. This was pretty shocking news, primarily because this is proof that quantity really trumps quality (Eat3D, GNOMON, CMIVFX and others..must be hard pill to swallow). On the other hand, we nonetheless congratulate Piyush Patel on building Digital-Tutors to what it is today. Hell, we remember when he first started posting learning videos on the Alias Community for free .. and that was over 11 years ago. It's anyone's guess, the future of DT under Pluralsight...a company who's logo is the default *play* button. We wish the people at DT all the best!
Forest Pack is a plugin for 3ds max (+ max design), designed to give a complete solution for creation of vast surfaces of trees and plants. Forest enables you to scatter millions of proxies, high-poly meshes or billboards, and using custom geometry shaders, create scenes with virtually unlimited number of objects and polygons. Forest Pack 4.2 has now been released with support for VRay 3, Corona render, improved animation, over 30 new presets and many more. See changes in the Release Notes after the break.
We don't know exactly what it is about this reel, and without taking any credit away from The Foundry, this reel gave us the good feeling of old Alias|wavefront showreels. Just a nonstop injection of high adrenaline clips against good beats. We love this reel! Seeing the calibre of work from the various studios is a reflection of the quality of tools that The Foundry puts out. Autodesk - watch out - the game is seriously on!
EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.
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