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Epic Release November 2011 UDK Update!

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Epic have released the November 2011 update for UDK !

The update includes numerous bug fixes and new features, including Unreal Landscape and Foliage improvements, a Scaleform 4 Upgrade, increased Mac OS X feature parity and Added support for ADPCM sound encoding for iOS! Laughing out loud

 

What has changed in this version?

xNormal 3.17.6 Released!

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xNormal 3.17.6 has been released!

The new version contains lots of new features, such as the ability to render a new map type: derivative height maps, a completely new FBX mesh importer, a new experimental renderer based on the Caustic Graphics / Imagination Technologies's OpenRL ray tracing API. and a host of bug fixes! Laughing out loud

 

What's new in xNormal 3.17.6?

Marmoset Toolbag Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale!

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8Monkeylabs are having a sale on Marmoset Toolbag!

The versatile and powerful model viewer and presentation tool can now be purchased for a 20% discount until 11:59PST on Monday 28th November 2011!

Purchase Marmoset Toolbag for $39.99 HERE Laughing out loud

nDo2 Released!

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Quixel have released nDo2!

Quixels extremely versatile and powerful tool for Photoshop, caters for all your normal mapping needs from within the confines of everyone's favourite image editing application Laughing out loud

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Marmoset Toolbag v1.05 Released!

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Marmoset Toolbag v1.05 has been released! Laughing out loud

The amazingly versatile and intuitive model viewer and presentation tool has been updated with a bunch of new features and bug fixes such as 360 Shots and improved OBJ file loading,

 

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More Kevin Johnstone Gears Of War 3 Art!

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 Kevin Johnstone has posted some more of the amazing art that he created for Epic's recently released Gears of War 3!

The Polycount thread shows a vast array of assets that Kevin created for the game using Max and ZBrush and the new additions show some of the low poly work the he did, along with some awesome new high poly assets Laughing out loud

 Awesome work Kevin!

TopoRelax Modifier For Max Released!

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TopoRelax has been released!

The 3DS Max modifier plugin allows you to relax the topology of a mesh without loosing it's volume Laughing out loud

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TopoRelax is a 3DS Max modifier which relaxes meshes while preserving their volume unlike the normal relax modifier which shrinks the mesh

 

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Refractive Software Announces OctaneRender For 3ds Max!

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Refractive Software has announced  Octane Render for 3ds Max!

The GPU based, un-biased, physically based render engine will be available on the 1st of December 2011 and will cost 99 € until the Beta program runs it's course.

The plugin will initially support 3ds Max 2010, 2011 and 2012, with other versions being supported at a later date.

 

nDo2 Map Generation Tutorial!

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Those awesome guys from over at Quixel have released a quick tutorial that shows you how to  generate AO, height, diffuse and specular maps from your normal maps in the stunning nDo2! It even includes the new feature: Doodle to 3D!

MysticThumbs 2.6.3 Released!

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Version 2.6.3 of the Windows Explorer Thumbnail Generator for Windows 7, Vista & XP has been released and includes a range of bug fixes and optimisationsSmiling

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MysticThumbs 2.6.3 released. Tweaks, fixes and improvements.

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New Free Video! Floating Geometry Overview

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In this demonstration, Andy Davies gives a overview of Floating Geometry baking techniques using Blender and nDO2.

He shows the techniques needed to efficiently use floating geometry to bake high poly details into Normal maps, without the need for complex topology.

Epic Release October 2011 UDK Update!

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Epic have released the October 2011 update for UDK !

The update includes numerous bug fixes and new features, including God rays and shadows support added on iOS, new Unreal Landscape and Foliage Features and an improved Foliage Settings Paint Tool Smiling

 

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Johan Andersson Battlefield 3 Keynote: Shiny PC Graphics in Battlefield 3

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DICE's Rendering Architect Johan Andersson's, Shiny PC Graphics presentation at the recent GeForce LAN 6 is now available to watch!

Blender 2.60a Released!

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Hot on the heels of Blender 2.60 being released, only a few days ago, The Blender Foundation have released Blender 2.6a!

The release addresses 12 issues with the 2.60 release

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A dozen issues where immediately solved for the 2.60 release.

 

What's changed in 2.60a?

MysticThumbs 2.6.1 Released!

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Version 2.6.1 of the Windows Explorer Thumbnail Generator for Windows 7, Vista & XP has been released and includes a range of bug fixes and optimisationsSmiling

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MysticThumbs generates thumbnails of many image formats not natively supported by Windows. It plugs into Windows Explorer so you don't have to run a separate application to preview your images, see them all in the native shell and Open/Save dialog boxes in all 32 and 64 bit applications!

Toronto IGDA Talk by Adam Bromell

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Adam Bromell, Principal Editor and Head Administrator of Polycount, recently did a talk at the IGDA Toronto meet!

In the talk, entitled "More Than Pushing Polys",  Adam discussed being a video game artist, gave his opinion on how to progress into the field, how he got his first job in the industry and even took time out for a Q&A session!

 

Fraps 3.4.7 Released!

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Fraps 3.4.7 has been released!

The update for the benchmarking/screen recording software fixes multiple bugs found in previous versions and adds new optimisations Smiling

 

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Kevin Johnstone Gears Of War 3 Art Explosion!

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 Kevin Johnstone has posted some of the amazing art that he created for Epic's recently released Gears of War 3!

The Polycount thread shows a vast array of assets that Kevin created for the game using Max and ZBrush.

nDo2 Updated!

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Those awesome guys from over at Quixel have released another fantastic update for the stunning nDo2!

Quixels extremely versatile and powerful tool for Photoshop, caters for all your normal mapping needs from within the confines of everyone's favorite image editing application Laughing out loud

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CryENGINE SDK 2572 Build Released!

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Crytek have released the 2572 build of the CryENGINE SDK!

The release adds a large amount of updates and additions compared to previous releases.

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