Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 Posted by Jim Thacker

Pilgway ships 3DCoat 4.9.34

Pilgway has released 3DCoat 4.9.34, the latest version of its sculpting, retopology and painting software, adding support for Megascans materials and and updates to the Cloth tool and the live link to Blender.

Although there have been a steady stream of beta updates to the software since 3DCoat 4.9 was released last year, 4.9.34 is the first one officially flagged as stable for production.

New features: support for Megascans materials and an interactive Bend tool
New features in 4.9.34 include support for materials from Quixel’s popular Megascans online library of 3D scan data. Downloaded Megascans materials can be imported as 3DCoat Smart Materials or as shaders.

There is also an intuitive-looking new Bend tool, which enables users to work interactively by dragging the bend point in the viewport, as shown in this video.

A separate Bend Volume tool – currently still in beta – enables users to distribute and deform geometry along a guide curve, with a good range of control options.

Updates to the Cloth tool and the Blender AppLink
Of the existing features, 3DCoat’s Cloth tool, used to drape cloth over models automatically rather than sculpting it by hand, is “now at a new level of quality and speed”.

You can see the workflow in the video above, with users able to move a cloth object around interactively during a simulation, controlling the way that it settles under gravity.

In addition, the Blender AppLink has been updated, improving workflow when using UV maps.

The AppLink, which has been built into Blender since Blender 2.80, creates a live link between 3DCoat and Blender, enabling users to make changes to an asset in one app and have it update in the other.

You can see the latest version in action in this video. There are also new videos on installing and using the AppLink on 3DCoat’s YouTube channel, and more information and support in this forum thread.

There are also a number of smaller features and bugfixes: you can find a full list via the link below.

Pricing and availability
3DCoat 4.9.34 is available for Windows 7+ only. At the time of posting, the latest macOS build is 4.9.02 and the latest Linux build is 4.8.20.

A commercial node-locked licence has an MSRP of $379 and a floating licence an MSRP of $568, excluding tax. The update is free to registered users of 3DCoat 4.x.

Read a full list of new features in 3DCoat 4.9.34 on Pilgway’s website