Thursday, March 26th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

Liquid Dream Solutions ships ButterflyNetRender 6

850 Meters, Joeri Christiaen’s 15-minute CG short, was produced using ButterflyNetRender. Version 6 of the multi-platform network rendering controller has just been released, adding full OS X support.

Liquid Dream Solutions has released ButterflyNetRender 6, the latest update for its multi-application network rendering controller, completing its support for Mac OS X.

The render manager, which is compatible with a wide range of 3D software, including LightWave, Maya and Modo, has been used by animation and visual effects facilities including The Embassy and Zoic Studios.

Full OS X support, improved split frame feature
Version 6 markes the official debut of the OS X edition of ButterflyNetRender’s controller software, introduced in beta in version 5.15. The controller can now be set up without the need for a Windows machine.

Other than that, and updates to its split frame feature, version 6 adds support for the latest releases of compatible applications. You can read a longer list of features in the press release below.

Pricing and availability
ButterflyNetRender 6 is available for Windows and Mac OS X. The render client also runs on Linux.

A commercial licence costs from $239 upwards, depending on whether you want the Pro or Pro Studio edition of the software, and how many nodes you need to render on.

Liquid Dream Solutions announces ButterflyNetRender 6, the newest version of a popular network rendering controller for Lightwave, Maya, Modo, Messiah Studio, 3DSmax, XSI, Digital Fusion, After Effects, Cinema 4D, Blender, 3Delight, VUE, Houdini, Mental ray, Nuke, Maxwell, Arnold, Terragen 2, MachStudio and more. The software provides 3D graphic artists with a pain-free way to set up a render farm for managing frame creation in graphic animations. The software is incredibly easy to configure and use.

Committed to software excellence, the development team keeps ButterflyNetRender current with technology changes by adding new features to meet the needs of the computer graphics industry. It is widely used throughout the industry to create animations and television shows. Below are the most important new features in ButterflyNetRender:

Major changes in version 6 include:

  • OS X Controller is complete! – Now you can set up the Controller on a OS X machine (Windows machine not required)
  • Added Client Platform check feature – (check platforms are setup on the Client correctly)
  • Updated for Lightwave 2015.2
  • Updated for Lightwave 2015.1
  • Added ‘Build Split frame’ (button) in scene properties
  • Updated split frame feature
  • Updated Maya reader with Layer update
  • Added ‘Test Batch’ local controller option (test command line arguments)
  • And many more!

ButterflyNetRender 6 runs under Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32/64), Windows 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), Windows 2008, Windows 2003, XP(32/64) and OSX 10.5(PPC/Intel). BNR Client also runs on OSX and Linux. An evaluation version of ButterflyNetRender is available from the Liquid Dream Solutions website.

Read more about ButterflyNetRender 6 on the Liquid Dream Solutions website