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Upgrades to CINEMA 4D R9.5 and BodyPaint R2.5 plus new MAXON Production Bundle (August 02, 2005)

MAXON today announced the upcoming release of CINEMA 4D Release 9.5, BodyPaint 3D 2.5 and a new MAXON Production Bundle exclusively for studio visual effects. CINEMA 4D Release 9.5 boasts improved workflow, lighting and rendering enhancements, and SKY a tool that lets users easily create breathtaking atmospherics. BodyPaint 3D Release 2.5 provides optimized workflow and new tools to assist artists in creating high-quality textures by painting directly on their 3D models. Both these powerful tools can be found in the MAXON Production Bundle, which will include the entire MAXON product offering plus other high-end production tools such as 16/32-Bit 3D painting tools, Renderman Output, matte painting tools and a Linux version. All three exciting new developments will debut this week at SIGGRAPH 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

CINEMA 4D Release 9.5
CINEMA 4D Release 9.5 offers dramatic improvements in lighting, rendering and workflow. Lighting setup has been simplified, while more lighting possibilities exist with lights that can take any shape. Area lights and area shadows, crucial to realistic-looking scenes, now render up to four times faster than before. Images can be output in 32-bit / channel color depth as HDRI or OpenEXR, and multipass renderings can be output directly as compositing files for Shake. The brand new Content Browser gives users an overview of projects and presets saved and organized in real time locally or on the server. Full screen mode quickly offers the maximum amount of working space. A reworked Baker lets users create textures, normal maps and UVs with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Owners of the Advanced Render module enjoy additional new features in CINEMA 4D Release 9.5, including Ambient Occlusion and SKY. Ambient Occlusion enables users to create and quickly render more realistic shadows. Ambient Occlusion can either be rendered or baked as a texture. A particular highlight of Advanced Render 2.5 is SKY, an elaborate but easy to use tool set that lets users create breathtaking atmospherics with just a few clicks of the mouse.

BodyPaint 3D Release 2.5
Wide-ranging improvements can be seen in the workflow of the stand-alone version of MAXON's 3D paint tool in BodyPaint 3D R2.5. Users of 3ds max, LightWave, Maya and Softimage XSI can now create high-end textures for complex models faster and more effectively than ever. Full screen mode and the new Content Browser give users an excellent overview of their projects here as well. Other workflow improvements borrowed from CINEMA 4D include the Heads-Up Display to view and adjust scene data within the viewport, and a one-touch customizable menu offering access to most application functions. Importing models from any application is easier than ever with support for n-gons, while users can now apply individual layers and masks from .psd files as textures. The layer shader allows multiple images, layers, filters and procedurals to be mixed into a single texture, while detachable projection layers make it easy to fit an existing texture over geometry.

MAXON Production Bundle
The highlight of MAXON's product palette is the MAXON Production Bundle, a combination of MAXON products and services targeted specifically for studio users. This powerful bundle contains the complete, current MAXON product palette as well as advanced tools for studio visual effects including a complete Linux version, 16- and 32-bit support for all BodyPaint 3D paint tools, integration of Renderman-compliant renderers such as PRMan and Air, and Projection Man, a specialized tool set for the generation of digital matte paintings. The Production Bundle also expands on MAXON's free technical support with a service contract including free upgrades and future products.

CINEMA 4D R9.5 and BodyPaint 3D R2.5 will be available September, 2005. Information on the MAXON Production Bundle is available upon request. New customers who purchased a full license of CINEMA 4D R9.x or BodyPaint 3D R2.x later than July 1st, 2005 are eligible for a free upgrade.

About MAXON Computer
MAXON Computer is the developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning products have been used extensively in the film, television , science, architecture, engineering and other industries. MAXON products have been used for and in Polar Express, The Flight of the Phoenix, Hero, Van Helsing, King Arthur, Spiderman, Spiderman 2, Haunted Mansion, Cat in the Hat, Charlie's Angel's-Full Throttle, Star Wars 2-The Attack of the Clones, The Mummy Returns, Gladiator, Tomb Raider, the new Columbia-TriStar Film Logo, the On-Air Packages for Comedy Central, Monday Night Football, Discovery Channel Canada, Lucky, Touching Evil, King of Queens, Def on Demand, Power Puff Girls Music Video, Cher's "Song for the Lonely" Music Video, Inspector Gadget, The Emmys on CBS, TiVO, NBC, DirecTV, CBS NFL, Mad TV, Smart House, J.A.G., The WB, Fox Kids, The Fremont Street Experience and many more. MAXON has offices in Friedrichsdorf (Germany), Newbury Park (CA, USA), Bedford (UK) and Tokyo (JP).

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