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PipelineFX Releases Qube! 5.1

Artists Gain Fully Customizable GUI Interface and Increased Application Support (March 06, 2007)

DMN Newswire--2007-3-6--PipelineFX, makers of Qube! software, the leading render farm management software for film production, game development, and digital media education around the world, today announced the release of Qube! version 5.1.

?With this 5.1 release of Qube!, we have taken the industry trend toward modern Python scripting and opened our GUI to be fully customizable, allowing artists to see exactly what they need to see to manage their jobs in the most efficient manner, said Scot Brew, PipelineFX Director of Technology. ?The new Python-based Qube! GUI's streamlined layout is designed to present artists the information they want and need at their fingertips. It also has many new features and added functionality that artists and Technical Directors have been asking for.

The new Qube! GUI includes:
?    fully python-scriptable interface allows studios to customize GUI for their pipelines
?    streamlined layout designed to easily present key information to users and administrators
?    single window layout removes need to navigate through multiple windows to find information
?    new panels:
        o    "Farm-at-a-Glance" panel displays worker status summary for entire farm
        o    "Output" panel displays output images from jobs
        o    "Histogram" panel displays task/frame render times
?    enhanced and streamlined right-click menus
        o    act on multiple workers/hosts along with jobs and frames/tasks
        o    new "retry failed frames" menu to simplify this common action
?    submit dialogs are now modal and use standard controls


The new release also provides enhanced application support including:
?    Maya® (updated):                     Added support for Maya 8.5 and exposed new options
?    Migen (New):                            Support for Maya's mentalray (.mi file) export engine
?    3ds Max® (updated):                Added support for Autodesk 3DS Max 9.0
?    MentalRay Standalone (New):   New job type to render MentalRay .mi files
?    Lightwave 3D® (New):             Supports Lightwave 8.5 and 9.0 on Windows
?    Shake® (updated):                    Added support for Shake 4.1 on OSX.
?    Fusion® (updated):                   Added support for Fusion 5.1

"PipelineFX is committed to making Qube! the class-defining render farm management system for todays CG pipelines. Qube! 5.1 supports industry-standard Python scripting, offering improved workflows and development productivity," said Troy Brooks, CEO of PipelineFX. "We've really listened to our customers requests for features and functionality that will ensure they can maximize their investment in rendering infrastructure. This new version is our most significant release to date.

Qube! 5.1 is available now as a Universal application release for Intel- and PowerPC-based Macintosh computers, as well as on the Microsoft Windows® and Red Hat, SUSE and Fedora Linux® platforms.


About Qube! and PipelineFX:  Qube! is the leading enterprise-class render farm management system for film and game production. Qube! is highly customizable, extensively scalable, can be integrated into any production workflow, and is backed by 24 x 7 technical support. Qube! has custom pipelines for creative applications like Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk Maya®, NUKE, SOFTIMAGE®|XSI®, Shake®, Adobe® After Effects® and many more. Qube! is IBM ServerProven®, and operates in Linux®, Windows® XP, 2000 and 2003, and Mac OS®X environments. PipelineFX, with headquarters in Honolulu, HI, and offices in San Francisco, CA and Vancouver, B.C. was founded in 2002. Qube! is used by world-class studios including South Park Studios, Electronic Arts, Buena Vista Games, DKP, ReelFX, Guava Graphics, and Radical Entertainment. Qube! is used by schools around the world including the School of Visual Arts in N.Y., Carleton School of Architecture, Full Sail in Florida, the University of Advancing Technology, Pratt Institute, and the University of Hawaii-Academy for Creative Media. For more information, please contact Troy Brooks, CEO of PipelineFX: [email protected], Phone: 866-856-7823, 1000 Bishop Street, Suite 606, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, USA, [email protected],  

Trademark Notice:  Qube! and Qube! Remote Control are trademarks of PipelineFX, LLC.  All other trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.  ©2007 PipelineFX, L.L.C

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