Developer pmG has released messiahStudio 5, the new version of its specialist animation and rendering app.
The release sports a lengthy list of new features, including a new interactive preview renderer, a sketch mode for annotating animations and the option to view displacement in OpenGL previews.
Other new features include instancing on the fly, additional hair options (including a ‘Hair Glue’ effect to force hair flow to follow underlying geometry), improved soft body dynamics and a range of performance boosts.
Although it only gets a fraction of the media coverage of other 3D applications, messiahStudio is a capable tool that slots into pipelines alongside all of the major 3D packages, and is used at a number of leading studios, including London’s Darkside Animation.
The basic edition of the software costs $499, while the Pro edition is available for $699 until the end of the year. An additional discount is available for modo or Autodesk users.