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Foundry releases Mari 6.0 in public alpha

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 | Posted by Jim Thacker

 
Foundry has released Mari 6.0, the next major version of its 3D texture painting software, in public alpha.

The initial alpha makes Mari compliant with the VFX Reference Platform CY2022 spec, and extends support for USD workflows, with artists now able to author USD materials with Arnold shaders directly in Mari.

Export USD materials with renderer-specific shaders out of the box
Mari 6.0 extends the USD-based workflows introduced in Mari 5.0, with users able to export a USD Look file that contains a shader matching a specific renderer, as well as the default USD Preview Surface shader.

The only renderer supported out of the box in the initial alpha is Arnold: Foundry says that the implementation is intended as an example that users can apply to other render engines themselves.

It is also now possible to export USD looks with material assignments based on Mari’s selection groups, making it possible to assign different shaders to different parts of the geometry.

The change removes the need to reassign materials in an external DCC application during look dev.

Now supports the current VFX Reference Platform spec
In addition, the update makes Mari compliant with the current version of the VFX Reference Platform.

You can see a complete list of changes from the CY2020 spec supported in Mari 5.0 to the CY2022 spec supported in Mari 6.0 in a table in the online release notes.

Pricing and availability
Mari 6.0 is compatible with Windows 7+ and CentOS/RHEL 7.0+ Linux. The software is in alpha for anyone with a commercial Mari license with current maintenance. Foundry hasn’t announced a final release date.

New licences of Mari are now available subscription-only, Foundry having discontinued perpetual licences. Mari Individual subscriptions cost $68/month or $689/year. Mari subscriptions for teams now cost $1,119/year.

 
Read a full list of new features in Mari 6.0 in the online release notes

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