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Discreet Ships Combustion 2.1New version sees price reduction to $995, loses dongle
Combustion 2.1 includes a huge number of new and improved features, especially in the area of compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2.x. In our initial tests, hardware rendering in OpenGL was fixed in Mac OS X 10.2.3. The new version also eliminates the need for the hardware key (dongle), though we did have to enter the Combustion 2 hardware key ID number in order to install the 2.1 updater. (This new feature is not documented anywhere.)
Aside from these, other new features and enhancements include:
- User preferences are now kept and saved based on the user login. This includes all preferences set in the Preferences dialog, the last opened workspaces and other historical data.
- Ability to edit the path at the top of the import or open dialogs.
- Network paths are now expanded properly in the Thumbnail File Browser.
- Added the option "No to all" when asked to replace multiple footage.
* When a referenced footage is deleted from the footage library, a warning message appears.
- Line emitter is now built like the paint polygon.
- It is now possible to select a line emitter in the viewport when editing control points.
- It is now possible to move control points of an unselected emitter because it is automatically selected on the first move.
- Assigning ASCII tracking data to control points are now fully supported for the Garbage Mask.
- Added the default Paint object duration mode "Current to end frame" applicable to all Paint objects.
- Increased speed for manipulation of polygon control points.
- When users delete custom paint swatches, mixing area, and/or brush palettes, the default swatches, mixing area and brushes palettes are now accessible.
- Masks no longer default to a duration set to All Frames.
- The animation of tangents is improved and is more intuitive.
- It is now possible to select and modify individual letters in Text operators.
- Once the attributes for a group of text are changed, it is now possible to go back and change individual attributes.
- A new option was added to show only animated channels in the timeline.
- Users can now add a keyframe using Shift-A.
- Tangent channels are now displayed in the Timeline when selected in the viewport.
- Timeline zooming improved.
- Moving keyframes in the Graph view of the Timeline is now smoother.
- There is now a preference option to specify if the first keyframe of an animation should be automatically added.
- There is a preference option to overwrite keyframes on paste.
- Network rendering of nested and multiple outputs is now possible.
- Field rendering is now allowed when no 3:2 pulldown options are selected.
- Added support for 32-bit floating point RPF format for compatibility with upcoming 3ds max 5.1.
- OS X mouse wheel is now supported.
- Wacom tablet pressure used with OS X is now supported.
- The Application System menu for combustion is now fully functional.
The new version also includes a huge number of fixes, which are documented in the Read Me file included with the update.
Combustion 2.1 is available now for $995. The update is free for users of version 2. For more information or to download the update, visit http://www.discreet.com.
Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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