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Next Limit releases Maxwell Render 2.7

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Grass rendered in Maxwell Render 2.7 by Hervé Steff of Meindbender.

Next Limit has released Maxwell Render 2.7, a free update to its physically based render engine.

The headline feature is a new grass generator comprising two separate primitives: a smooth curve, for use in close-ups, and a faster-rendering segmented curve, for use in the background of shots.

Other new features in version 2.7 include a new lossless compression system for Maxwell’s native file formats, which Next Limit claims can quarter the size of an MXI file; anamorphic bokeh effects; and a fluid blend material.

Priced according to goals
Maxwell Render 2.7 is available now for Windows and Mac OS X. A standard licence costs $995 and a node licence costs $245. Next Limit is also currently running a special promotion based on Spain’s performance in the Euro 2012 football championship (that’s ‘soccer’ to North American readers).

If Spain wins the championship, the promotion will be extended to 8 July – and with the side facing an underperforming French team in the quarter finals next week, things look good so far.

Read a full list of features in Maxwell Render 2.7

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