Pixar has released a new version of RenderMan Studio, its tool bundle based around RenderMan for Maya Pro.
New features in version 3.0 include relighting, support for Maya Fluid Effects, MTOR-style scripting from within RenderMan for Maya for the SLIM shader-authoring toolset, included in the bundle; and improvements to render layers and the RIB inspector.
SLIM itself has also been updated – including new node types for the Ptex texture mapping system – and a licence of Tractor, Pixar’s work-dispatching system, is now included in the bundle.
In addition to Ptex support, the core render engine gains unlimited threading, and “accelerated raytracing” – although no figures are provided for the speed boost.
RenderMan Studio 3.0 costs $2,000 in RIB-only format, or $3,500 with embedded renderer.
No press release yet, but you can check out the new features here