ZBrush 1.2 Coming This Month
New version adds scripting, reflect/refract brushes
Pixologic has announced it will ship ZBrush 1.2 March 22 at the Game Developers
Conference. ZBrush is a painting application that offers 2D, 2.5D and
limited 3D capabilities. It's been around for less than a year, and the
Macintosh version was launched just back in January at the Macworld Expo
in San Francisco.
Version 1.2 of ZBrush adds a number of features, including scripting capabilities,
new brushes and orientation-sensitive intensity. The new scripting capability,
called ZScript, enables users to automate all ZBrush actions. ZScripts
can also combine complex actions into one button click and can be loaded
and executed on demand within the ZBrush environment. New ZScripts will
be created and made available for download, free of charge, to all ZBrush
users from Pixologic's Web site.
New brushes include reflect and refract brushes, which allow the user
to paint reflections and refractions in real time. New orientation-sensitive
intensity allows automatic variance of color and depth intensity based
on the orientation of "pixols" in a 2.5D ZBrush image. ("Pixol" is Pixologic's
term for pixels that contain 3D information.) It also includes an instant
replay feature to allow the user to replay a stroke with additional information,
such as transformations.
ZBrush 1.2 will be available online at an introductory price of U.S. $292.50.
Version 1.2 is a free upgrade to current registered users. Following the
introductory offer, ZBrush will be available at a suggested online price
of $585.00. A free downloadable demo version is available at Pixologic's
site. It requires a 200 MHz G3 Macintosh or Pentium II Windows machine.
For more information, visit http://www.pixologic.com.
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