Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 Posted by Jim Thacker

Get Clarisse: intriguing hybrid 2D/3D graphics app

Isotropix has released an OS X version of the free alpha build of Clarisse, its new hybrid 2D/3D graphics app.

The software is intended to break down the barriers between 3D and compositing, enabling users to modify rendered, composited images in real time.

Clarisse’s philosophy of ‘non-linear imaging’ makes the final image the centre of the user’s workflow, rather than something that is generated by exporting render passes from 3D software, then manipulating them in a separate compositing package.

According to the product website: “Using Clarisse, you can not only pick the color from an image, but you can also pick objects (layers, geometries, lights, materials etc.) directly in image space.”

Although Clarisse is some way off commercial release, the Isotropix site already includes testimonials from Animal Logic compositing supervisor Julien Leveugle and former Pixar lead engineer Martin Reddy.

The latest update makes Clarisse available for all principal operating systems: versions of the alpha for Windows and Linux were released last month.

Read more about workflow in Clarisse

Download the alpha build (free, renewable 30-day licence; Windows, OS X and Linux)