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Maxon Cinema 4D To Go Modular

Release 8 coming in the fall By Dave Nagel
Maxon this week announced Cinema 4D release 8, a major update to the company's 3D modeling and animation package. Release 8 will be available in the fall with, for the first time, modular options for incorporating only the features that a particular user needs. There will also be two bundles incorporating the optional modules.

According to Maxon, release 8 gains improvements across the board over version 7, including modeling, animation, rendering and workflow. It will also see the introduction of a new, optional module called MOCCA, a character animation tool with soft IK functionality (for creating droopy skin and the like).

Other new features will include:

  • Thinking Particles, the new event-based particle system;
  • Expressions for precise control over all moving objects without math or programming;
  • A streamlined UI with speedier response and enhanced OpenGL support;
  • New rendering options for improved output with speed gains up to 30 percent.

The base price for Cinema 4D R8 will be $595. A version called the XL Bundle, which includes the Advanced Renderer, Thinking Particles, PyroCluster, MOCCA and a three-client Net Render license, will sell for $1,695 ($495 upgrade). The Studio Bundle, which also includes Dynamics, BodyPaint 3D and an unlimited client license for et Render, will run $2,595 ($1,495 upgrade). Individual modules will also be available for purchase separately. Those who purchase Cinema 4D XL 7 between now and the release date will receive the corresponding edition of R8 at no additional cost. Maxon's software runs on Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows, though specific platform support for R8 has not been announced. For more information, visit

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