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Maxon Ships Cinema 4D R8.5'Sketch and Toon' non-photographic renderer also released
New features in Cinema 4D R8.5 include a new Material Editor with customizable previews; integration of SLA shaders, SLA Baker and DirtyNuts; full access to all parameters via XPresso; and new shader features, such as a new Layer Shader with stackable material functionality, a new Ripple shader for water surface effects and a SplineShader for additional control when applying materials onto objects.
For the Advanced Render module, enhancements include Subsurface Scattering; Vector Motion Blur; ability to render post effects on a separate layer through the multipass rendering option; and the addition of Object GI rendering for reducing noise in radiosity-rendered animations.
Other new features include:
- Importer/exporter for FBX format;
- Enhancements to the Bones system to make them "smarter, faster, better and compatible with FBX," according to Maxon;
- Camera Mapping for 3D compositing without texture distortion.
Maxon has also released a new rendering module for Cinema 4D called Sketch and Toon. The module allows users to render in non-photographic modes, including sketch effects and line/fill cartoon shading. It also includes several variations on these styles, such as sketch fills, cross hatch and others.
Sketch and Toon is available now for Mac OS X and Windows for $349 and requires Cinema 4D R8.5 or higher. Cinema 4D R8.5 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows. Pricing varies by configuration, but the update from version 8 to 8.5 runs $149, with special deal when purchasing both the update and the Sketch and Toon rendering module. For more information, visit http://www.maxoncomputer.com.
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