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Cinema 4D R9, Part 2

A few Minutes with Maxon's Paul Babb. By Ko Maruyama
This year's Siggraph offered an array of software solutions.  Of course, my preference led me to the MAXON booth, where I could catch the first public unveiling of their new 3D application, CINEMA 4D, Release 9.  Kai Pedersen and Josh Miller showed off the software's new features to an eager crowd.  
 
While both Kai and Josh answered technical questions regarding CINEMA 4D Release 9, I went to Paul Babb for the word on some of the management questions regarding the background on MAXON's software.  Although putting together a release as massive and full-featured as Release 9 requires a herculean effort, Paul personifies the friendly, responsive team in Newbury Park, and took time to chat with some of the users who had come just to see the new features in person.

Sales of CINEMA 4D Release 9 will be offered as a completely new purchase, or, if upgrading, under two categories: upgrades from R8.x, and a different upgrade for everyone else.

CINEMA 4D R9 has matured in its core product state from something that offered polygonal modeling, into a much more muscly application.  Given that the new software is almost a completely different build, and such a departure from past offerings, such as CINEMA 4D Go and legacy supported version such as Cinema7, the two category upgrade path will ensure that everyone has a fair offer to come up to speed with the latest code.

In the past, MAXON has shipped its software with a "Goodie" CD - something that has a little bit of added value, but usually doesn't 'wow' me.  In this release, the MAXON "Goodie" CD is much, much more.  With over 300 beautifully rendered textures (including some from matte artist Simon Wicker), HDRI images, plugins, and more, the 2 CDs included in this release are more than just a side-note.  These elements will truly help you to improve the performance of the way you work.


When I asked Paul Babb, CEO of MAXON's North American opertations, what general comments have been foremost on the compliments list from users, he replied, "Of course stability, speed and ease of use are always praised.  These are the things that attracted me to the application when I first saw it way back during version 4 in 1997."  He added, "Recently the After Effects output has been a big favorite."



Indeed with the addition of the AEC file format, allowing both lights and cameras to be exported into native After Effects format, has been a major boon to animator/compositors.  With the addition of similar support for Discreet Combustion users, and an XML file export for Apple's Final Cut Pro, CINEMA 4D 9 will also see praises come from Discreet users and editors as well.




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