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Houdini 13Side Effects Software, an industry leader in 3D animation and visual effects software, is proud to announce the immediate release of Houdini 13 which introduces a finite element solver for bending and tearing FX, a new multi-threaded particle architecture integrated into Houdini’s existing dynamics context and a new lighting workflow to efficiently handle massive datasets.
The Finite Element solver analyzes the stresses on solid objects, then either bends or breaks each shape. This new solver is ideal for creating realistic destruction shots or soft body FX with volume preservation.
Houdini 13’s new lighting workflow has been built to efficiently manage huge datasets. This new workflow offers a new data tree view for assigning materials and lights to the objects and groups found in Alembic files as well as Houdini’s new Packed Primitive objects. This new workflow is linear out of the box and combined with improvements to Mantra’s quality and performance offers a powerful and reliable lighting solution.
Houdini continues to support industry standards which make it easier for artists to work in a multi-application environment. OpenEXR 2 by ILM is now supported to allow for deep compositing of Mantra renderings in Nuke. Houdini 13 also incorporates OpenSubdiv from Pixar which provides viewport subdivision display, geometry-level refinement, native Mantra integration and support for crease weights.
This feature-rich release also includes an enhanced Bullet solver which is significantly faster, more scalable and more accurate. This solver also supports most geometry types out of the box and is even capable of operating on points. The FLIP fluid and Ocean FX tools in Houdini continue to evolve with a new mist solver; the splash tank, which gives artists the ability to add FLIP sims on top of Ocean surfaces; new shelf tools; and a new, faster Fluid surfacer.

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Evermotion Archmodels Vol. 135Archmodels vol. 135 includes 40 professional, highly detailed 3d models for architectural visualizations. This collection comes with high quality outdoor sitting furniture with all textures and materials.
Scenes are not included.

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AMD R9 GPUAMD today launched the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X graphics card, introducing the ultimate GPU for a new era in PC gaming. As the top AMD Radeon™ R9 Series graphics card, the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X GPU delivers breathtaking performance while pushing the boundaries of audio and visual realism for gamers who demand the best.
With AMD’s award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture at its core, the AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics cards have an unrivaled advantage with Mantle, an industry-changing technology developed by AMD. With Mantle, top game developers can harness the GCN-powered architecture found in both PCs and consoles, empowering them to speak the native language of the GPU core and benefit from an incomparable level of hardware optimization that unlocks revolutionary performance and image quality.
Equipped with the new AMD TrueAudio technology and made for ultra resolution gaming, the AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU creates today’s most immersive PC gaming experience.
Made to perform for UltraHD (4K) and AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X GPU elevates visual experiences on current and upcoming PC titles with superior image quality and expansive, eye-opening displays.

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AutoCAD for MacAutodesk continues to demonstrate its self-described love for Apple’s re-invigoriated Mac OS X platform with brand new 2014 versions of AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac. The new products feature new capabilities that are “customer driven” as well as new functions unique to the OS X platform environment and Apple’s Mac hardware innovations.
At the top of list of features that are unique to Apple’s OS X platform are full support for Apple’s Retina Display technology found on numerous new Macs. Apple’s Retina display technology provide industry-leading resolutions on laptop computers. Retina displays don’t sit behind a layer of glass, they are the glass. The result when combined with AutoCAD 2014 products is stunning never-seen-before clarity and sharpness of detail in a CAD application when running on a Mac with a Retina display.
AutoCAD 2014 for Mac is one of the first major professional software applications to supports Apple’s new Retina display.
Another major new feature is the support for Autodesk 360 that bring the AutoCAD for Mac product line in sync with the rest of the AutoCAD products and Autodesk 360 tools and services. Users are able to sync their documents with their Autodesk 360 cloud accounts. The complete list of major new features are:
- Apple Retina Display Support — Retina display support throughout the user interface with crisper lines and text, easier-to-see tools, and a much higher level of detail even at high zoom levels.
- Drawing Sync — Directly access files from Autodesk 360 and synchronize them between your computer and the cloud
- Package Drawing — Similar to eTransmit in AutoCAD for Windows, Package Drawing allows users to quickly collect related files into a compressed folder for easy distribution or storage
- Online Help — new in version 2014 is a major change in how to find help and assistance
- Default Save — As — Previous Version — It’s now possible to set a default save-as version for your drawings
- Security Enhancements — AutoCAD 2014 for Mac enhances software security and helps prevent loading and running “unauthorized or malicious” AutoLISP applications

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AMD Radeon R7AMD today launched AMD Radeon™ R7 240, AMD Radeon™ R7 250 and AMD Radeon™ R7 260X, new GPUs for a new era in gaming. AMD Radeon™ R7 Series graphics cards are an ideal solution for everyday gamers looking to boost the graphics performance of their PCs.
Based on award-winning AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the AMD Radeon R7 Series graphics cards all support Mantle, technology developed by AMD to enable game developers to harness the GCN-powered cores of both PCs and consoles for a streamlined development process1. Games enabled with Mantle will be able to speak the native language of the GCN architecture, offering an unmatched level of hardware optimization that unlocks revolutionary performance and image quality.
AMD Radeon R7 240 and AMD Radeon R7 250 graphics cards deliver stunning graphics performance, from web browsing to video editing. With AMD App Acceleration, users can accelerate application performance with the powerful parallel computing capabilities of the GCN architecture2. In addition, AMD Radeon R7 Series graphics fully support DirectX® 11.2 and enable users to unlock incredible graphics performance and new features in Windows 8.1.

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NVIDIA G-SYNC for GeForceSolving the decades-old problem of onscreen tearing, stuttering and lag, NVIDIA today unveiled NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology which, for the first time, enables perfect synchronization between the GPU and the display.
The result is consistently smooth frame rates and ultrafast response not possible with previous display technologies.
Several years in the making, G-SYNC™ technology synchronizes the monitor's refresh rate to the GPU's render rate, so images display the moment they are rendered. Scenes appear instantly. Objects are sharper. Game play is smoother.
Since their earliest days, displays have had fixed refresh rates -- typically 60 times a second (hertz). But, due to the dynamic nature of video games, GPUs render frames at varying rates. As the GPU seeks to synchronize with the monitor, persistent tearing occurs. Turning on V-SYNC (or Vertical-SYNC) eliminates tearing but causes increased lag and stutter as the GPU and monitor refresh at different rates.
G-SYNC eliminates this tradeoff. It perfectly syncs the monitor to the GPU, regardless of frame rate, leading to uncompromised PC gaming experiences.
G-SYNC technology includes a G-SYNC module designed by NVIDIA and integrated into gaming monitors, as well as hardware and software incorporated into certain Kepler-based GPUs.

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MARI for MacWe're very excited to announce MARI 2.5 is now available to download, offering the power of MARI to Mac users for the first time. Plus, buy MARI for any platform before October 31st and SAVE 25%!
That's MARI for only £905.00, $1,495.00 or €1,085.00.
The most fluid and natural way to paint in 3D
This latest release of MARI takes full advantage of Apple's current hardware to provide digital artists with the most fluid and natural way to paint in 3D. Now creative artists using OS X can spend more time painting and less time managing technical issues too. Capable of handling super high-resolution textures and millions of polygons, MARI removes technical hurdles from the creative process.
Other improvements with this release include:
A Custom Shader API to give users the capability to write their own shaders for MARI.
- Shader code has been re-factored to improve interactive performance.
- Smart Selection performance has been significantly improved.
- Don't just take our word for it, check out these great screen shots below.

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cgtrader.com and Steples3D model marketplace CGTrader.com and office supplies retailer Staples announced a 3D printing challenge for 3D designers. Designers are invited to submit their 3D printable models that could be printed with MCor Iris 3D printer and win cash prizes as well as exposure to the Staples customer base.
CGTrader.com continues to challenge 3D artists in order to help them improve their skills, show off their work, and win valuable prizes. In Staples 3D Printing Challenge  the artists are invited to rethink the whole concept of the print-ready 3D models and design models which could be printed out of paper and sold at Staples 3D printing service MyEasy3D.
“CGTrader community is comprised of more than 16,000 talented 3D designers, so the idea of challenging them to create the next 3D printing hit came naturally to us. We are very excited to offer this opportunity to our designer community” – says Marius Kalytis, CEO of CGTrader.com.
In this challenge, designers have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills to a much wider audience than ordinarily. The best 3D printable models will be available not only to the community of 3D artists, but also to the huge clientele of Staples. The author of the best 3D printable model will be awarded with 1,000 EUR prize and a 12 months Designer subscription valued at 900 EUR to MyEasy3D store. The 1st runner-up will get 6 months subscription valued at 450 EUR, while the 2nd runner-up will get 3 months subscription valued at 225 EUR. Designers willing to participate should submit their models before the 21st of October.
Staples launched the online 3D printing service MyEasy3D in September 2013. The service gives Staples clients an opportunity to print a desirable 3D model using MCor paper-based 3D printing technology. MCor Iris 3D printer provides low cost, high-quality eco-friendly 3D printing using paper as the material and printing objects with more than 1 million colors.

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AMD Radeon R9AMD  today unveiled the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards, AMD’s first GPUs in a new era of gaming defined by UltraHD displays, renewed vigor in game engine development, and a new generation of gamers that expect a more immersive entertainment experience. AMD also introduced the world to Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games.
Mantle and Graphics Core Next: Simplifying Cross-Platform Game Development
The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy, AMD’s approach to providing a consistent gaming experience on the PC, in the living room or over the cloud — all powered by AMD Radeon graphics found in AMD graphics cards and accelerated processing units (APUs). The four pillars of the Unified Gaming Strategy — console, cloud, content and client — come together with the introduction of Mantle.
AMD TrueAudio Technology: World’s First Programmable Audio Pipeline
AMD TrueAudio technology marks a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more.
AMD Multi-Display Technology: Redesigned for Ultra-resolution Gaming
The arrival of the next-generation AMD Radeon graphics cards also marks a new chapter in AMD’s historic support for stunning display configurations. AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are made for gaming on UltraHD (3840x2160) displays, including support for non-tiled 2160p60 displays with a future AMD Catalyst™ driver release.
AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards will be available for purchase in the near future.

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Plant Factorye-on software, makers of the leading solutions for Digital Nature, announces the immediate availability of Plant Factory, its revolutionary new technology for creating and rendering high-quality 3D plants.
Plant Factory is designed for the CG, SFX, Architecture and Gaming communities. It offers solutions custom-tailored for all audiences. The technology available in Plant Factory represents the culmination of e-on software's decades of expertise in the field of digital nature and delivers unsurpassed realism and performance.
With Plant Factory users can:
- Create any kind of vegetation, from simple grass to super elaborate hero trees
- Create vegetation by painting it, assembling simple building blocks, or completely graphing all plant properties
- Generate procedural geometry and materials of unlimited detail
- Animate all plant aspects using precise wind and breeze algorithms
- Export 3D vegetation to any 3D application as standard .OBJ, .3DS or animated .FBX
- Render stills and animations for compositing jobs or for use as billboards
- Expand their plant library through a dedicated 3D plant model store
Product Lineup. The Plant Factory product line comprises 3 main products, plus 2 specialty versions, each of which addresses specific customer needs and budgets: : Plant Factory Producer ($1,495), Plant Factory Studio ($995), Plant Factory Designer ($495).
The Personal Learning Edition of Plant Factory is a fully functional version of Plant Factory Producer that lets you save your work and never expires. It is designed for artists and students wanting to get to grips with the best plant solution on the market, without punching a hole in their wallet.

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