Maxon has started shipping version 6.0 of Cinema 4D XL. The new version, which was available for preorder last week, includes several enhancements, including a whole new lighting system with more than 50 new light and illumination modes with new features like radiosity-like area lights and shadows; raytraced soft shadows; volumetric noise (noise, soft, wavy, hard); new shadow maps; new shadow bias controls; colored shadows; inner and outer cone control; and near and far clipping.
Also new is the timeline, which, says Maxon, has been completely redesigned from the ground up. It offers multiple selection of keys and sequences, motion sequencing/motion synthesizing, a layering concept, inclusion and exclusion sets, autokeying, an incorporated Time Manager, new fast key controls, new 3D sound tracks and 3D sound rendering. Other enhancements include:
Cinema 4D XL 6.0 is available for the Macintosh for $2,195. The upgrade from 5.x is $495, while a competitive upgrade (from Maya, Softimage, Lightwave, 3DS Max, Electricimage, Strata, Raydream, Infini-D, Carrera or Pixel3D) runs for $1,295. For more information, visit http://www.maxoncomputer.com.
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