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DNA Research cuts price of 3Delight for Maya

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 | Posted by Jim Thacker


Image Engine used an earlier version of 3Delight for Maya on District 9. The price of the RenderMan-compliant renderer has now been released to as little as $400 to appeal to small and medium-sized studios.

DNA Research has released a new version of its RenderMan-compliant rendering plug-in, 3Delight for Maya.

Version 6.0 of the software features a number of UI and performance improvements, particularly a new global illumination UI designed to reduce the need for shader authoring.

The price of 3Delight for Maya has also been cut from $1,000 to $900 for a multi-core licence, or just $400 for a quad-core licence – a move that should appeal to the smaller studios that make up the software’s core users.

By contrast, the current version of RenderMan for Maya costs $995.

PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
DNA Research announces 3Delight for Maya 6.0, the latest major evolution of our fully integrated rendering plug-in for Autodesk Maya.

Starting immediately, 3Delight for Maya will be available as a package with a new entry-level pricing. This package is aimed at artists as well as small to medium sized studio who wish to work with a fast, robust, production-strength renderer that is totally integrated into Maya.

This new release improves usability and user-friendliness through improving UI improved user experience in our Maya plug-in and includes many performance and quality improvements in the core renderer.

Highlights of version 6.0

  • A new “Global Illumination” UI
    This tab allows for an easy control of global illumination settings, for both ray-traced and point-based algorithms and no further shader programming is necessary. Multi-bounce global illumination effects are easily computed using photon mapping.
  • Rendering Optimizations
    Ray-tracing and global illumination are faster for reflections, refractions, occlusion and shadows. Users can expect accelertion up to 50% in shading intensive renders.
  • Minimal Passes and Passes Templates
    This feature presents the user with a simple, uncluttered, render pass interface. Users can add features as needed for maximum usability. Such passes can then be organized in templates for rapid access.
  • More efficient Relationship Editor
    Large scenes are no longer a problem for the relation-ship editor. Scenes with thousands of nodes and assignments handle seamlessly.
  • Faster scene parsing
    A “scene caching” feature through RIB fragments further improves rendering performance, especially the loading time.
  • UI Improvements
    Many all-around improvements to the user interface increase productivity.
  • Latest Maya support
    Autodesk Maya 2012 is supported.

Pricing and Availability
3Delight for Maya 6.0 is priced at USD $900 and offers unlimited multi-core capabilities. It is also available at the more affordable price of USD $400 for users with quad-core computers. A single license, limited to dual-core rendering, is also offered for free. 3Delight for Maya 6.0 is available now for download as a public beta.

Download the public beta of 3Delight for Maya 6.0

Download the 3Delight for Maya 6.0 release notes

Visit the 3Delight for Maya product website

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