Saturday, September 29th, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Marmoset ships Toolbag 3.05

Originally posted on 10 September 2018. Scroll down for news of the official release.

Marmoset has released Toolbag 3.05, the latest version of its real-time rendering toolkit, in public beta.

The update focuses primarily on Toolbag’s baking toolset, adding support for custom cage geometry and improved sampling for texture maps, plus new microsurface shaders and a new ACES-compliant tonemapper.

More options for handling cage geometry and tangent spaces during texture baking
New features in Toolbag 3.05 include updates to the low-poly cage extended outwards from the high-poly asset when baking texture maps.

Toolbag now supports custom cage geometry, including non-matching cages, while an improved cage offset algorithm should help prevent the cage collapsing in on itself when baking complex geometry.

Other changes include the option to define the tangent space used when baking on a per-mesh basis rather than having a single setting for the scene; and bake groups are now sorted alphabetically.

In addition, maps are now multi-sampled, and there is a new 64x sampling option for better anti-aliasing.

New PBR shading and tonemapping features
Other changes include new Roughness and Advanced Microsurface shaders to help recreate the way real-world surfaces reflect light – and, in related PBR shading news, Metalness/Roughness workflow is now enabled by default for new materials as opposed to the alternative Specular/Glossiness workflow.

For artists working outside games, there is also a new tonemapper compliant with the ACES standard for managing colour throughout film and broadcast production pipelines.

Updated 29 September 2018: Toolbag 3.05 is now shipping. Marmoset has posted a summary of the update on its website with images of key features like the Advanced Micro shader (shown above).

Pricing and availability
Toolbag 3.05 is available for Windows 7+ and macOS 10.12+. The update is free to registered users. New licences cost $189 for individual artists and $379 for studios.

Read an overview of the new features in Toolbag 3.05 on the product website

Read a full list of new features in Toolbag 3.05 in the online changelog