Friday, March 17th, 2017 Posted by Jim Thacker

Boomer Labs and JokerMartini release Vexus 2.0

Vexus in action, in a demo recorded for the original release. Version 2.0 of the 3ds Max scene assembly tool and render pass manager adds integration with Deadline and expands support for third-party renderers.

Plugin developers Boomer Labs and JokerMartini have released Vexus 2.0, the latest version of their node-based scene assembly and render pass management tool for 3ds Max.

The update integrates Vexus with Thinkbox Software’s Deadline, and adds ‘universal render engine support’.

Create, update and share scene graphs with other artists
First released in 2016, Vexus is a standalone tool designed as a more fully featured alternative to 3ds Max’s native Scene States or other third-party render pass managers.

The software makes it possible for artists to save, reuse and share scene graphs. It’s designed to work with very complex scenes, making it possible to update thousands of objects near-instantaneously.

Integration with Deadline, expanded support for third-party renderers, new render preset system
Vexus 2.0 makes the software compatible with Deadline, Thinkbox Software’s popular renderfarm manager, and introduces what Boomer Labs describes as “universal render engine support”.

The firm’s blog post doesn’t go into any more detail, but the release notes list new nodes for Redshift, Krakatoa, OctaneRender and Corona render elements, in addition to Vexus’s existing V-Ray support.

There are also new Render Settings and Render Preset nodes, allowing “all preassigned render settings and render engines to be conveniently recalled from within Vexus”.

Other readymade nodes added in the update include Object Visibility, Reroute and Generic Light; and it is also now possible for users to create their own custom graph nodes and controls.

You can read a full list of new features, including a new shot submission manager, in the release notes.

Pricing and availability
Vexus 2.0 is available now for 3ds Max 2015 and above. It costs $250, down $50 from the original release.

Read a full list of new features in Vexus 2.0 in Boomer Labs’ release notes

Visit the Vexus product website