Press Release

Turbo Squid releases Service Pack 2D as latest free upgrade for cebas’ finalRender Stage-1

cebas continues legacy of offering feature packed upgrades to users

(New Orleans – October 20, 2004) - Turbo Squid, the world’s largest collection of royalty-free 3D assets for sale, today announced the release of Service Pack 2D (SP2D) for finalRender Stage-1, a Discreet© Certified 3ds Max© Plug-in.

“The new SP2D release shows why finalRender Stage-1 is the world’s most popular raytracing and GI system for 3ds Max,” stated Beau Perschall, Vice President of Publishing for Turbo Squid. “cebas continues to listen to users and make improvements available – at no charge to users – to an already robust product. finalRender Stage-1 gives users unprecedented value for 3ds Max and VIZ.”

All registered users of finalRender Stage-1 will receive an email instructing them how to obtain the service pack. Other users may contact dcpsupport@turbosquid.com for information.

SP2D is a FREE download and provides the following to finalRender Stage-1 users:

Version Compatibility

- finalRender Stage-1 is now fully compatible with Discreet 3ds Max 7 and Autodesk® VIZ 2005.

Global Material Override Exclusions

- Within the finalRender: Globals rollout, users now have the option to exclude specific objects from the Global Material Override option that is present. This allows users to effectively "turn off" all materials on all objects except for the ones they want to review, which further increases performance.

Updates to Distributed Rendering

-The Distributed rendering panel now sports a color swatch for each render slave in the rollout, so users can quickly see the color associated with each render node. This makes tracking and identification of machines an easy and efficient process.

fR Advanced Material now has Opacity option

- Based on users' feedback to broaden the power of the fR-Advanced Material, SP2D includes a new Opacity map slot to assist users in creating even more impressive material effects.

New fR-Image Global Illumination option

- Users who want to speed up their GI animation process now have the ability to render a Pre-pass Only sequence. This is a powerful tool to collect the light solution in an animation through an automatic rendering process.

RectLight now has new controls

- Two additional controls have been added to the RectLight that make it even more appealing. Users can now manipulate the Bias and Density settings within this light, making it far more versatile.

SP2D also includes these improvements and general updates:

  • Improvements with Render-Elements and atmospherics
  • Improvements in Render-Elements and opacity
  • Shadow areas of opacity mapped objects are now "light-tight"
  • Improved stability in Motion-Blur
  • Opacity mapped objects have been optimized
  • Fresnel code has been updated (Carpaint not 2 sided)
  • Overflow issues in the shading engine have been corrected
  • New updates for the support of the DCP hairfx are included
  • Effects are optimized to work with blowup
  • Render-region now optimized for effects
  • New efficiencies in the QMC-sampler (Adaptive multiple ray sampler)
  • Render-To-Texture: Edge padding is now optimized
  • Render-To-Texture: GI baking is now optimized
  • Volume-Light: issues with Volume Lights and Shadows have been corrected
  • Distributed Rendering: Sync is now stabilized
  • MSP: Increased precision, including intersections
  • fR-Adv: Blurry effects not using QMC-sampler has been resolved
  • fR-Adv: Map issues have been corrected
    • Stability enhancements
    • ParticleFlow Motion Blur support
    • DR enhancements to support large Bitmap rendering
    • Added 3ds Max Support for "Render-To-Texture"

Pricing and availability

finalRender Stage-1 has a suggested retail price (SRP) US $795. Stage-1 is available from Turbo Squid at http://www.turbosquid.com/dcpstore, from Discreet at http://www.discreet.com/products/3dsmax/dcp or from authorized Resellers around the world. For a Reseller near you, contact sales@turbosquid.com.

Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in Program

Working together, Discreet and Turbo Squid are carefully selecting third party solutions that bring compelling value to 3ds Max artists. These plug-ins are subjected to stringent testing procedures defined by Discreet to ensure each plug-in works well with 3ds Max software and other Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins.

Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins are backed up by an online support system implemented by Turbo Squid including developer-moderated forums, FAQs, tutorials, demos, and the latest product information for Discreet 3ds Max artists.

For more information on Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins visit: http://www.turbosquid.com.

About TurboSquid

Founded in 2000, Turbo Squid is dedicated to the management and distribution of digital products and other relevant content for 3D and 2D designers and creative professionals. Turbo Squid provides a global market for digital products by enabling individual and corporate users to list, promote and sell their content to users around the world. In 2003 Turbo Squid was named as the exclusive publisher and worldwide distributor for the Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program. Turbo Squid is a privately held and venture-backed company. More information can be found at the company's web site: www.turbosquid.com.

About Discreet

Discreet empowers moving media professionals to realize the visual experience, transforming their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Its range of award-winning systems and software is developed for digital media creation, management and delivery—across all disciplines from visual effects and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive design, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information is located on the Internet at http://www.discreet.com.

About cebas Computer GmbH

cebas Computer GmbH is a German developer of advanced 3D software for 3ds max and other 3D applications, based near Heidelberg. With 14 years of experience in software development for the 3D market, cebas has become renowned for its quality and unique software products serving graphics and animation studios around the world. More info is available at www.cebas.com.

Contact:
Dan Lion
VP Sales and Marketing
TurboSquid, Inc.
Tel: (504) 680-4402

Discreet Public Relations
Kevin G Clark, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications
Tel:(415) 547-2457
Kevin.g.clark@autodesk.com

cebas Computer GmbH
Edwin Braun
info@cebas.com

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