With the recent addition of the Autodesk Licensing Framework, Solid Angle is now able to offer some excellent new ways to use Arnold. At SIGGRAPH2017 the company announced two new initiatives, opening up Arnold to more users and adding tremendous value to those who use Arnold in production every day, including making it free for educational institutions.
Arnold has a long history in rendering research and academia, and Solid Angle is happy to be able to support and encourage computer graphics education around the world. Faculty, instructors and Program Directors interested in running Arnold at their school can visit the Autodesk Education Portal to request Arnold Educational Licenses.
Individual student users of Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max can download the latest versions that come bundled with Arnold for interactive rendering. Student users of any of our other supported 3D DCC tools (Cinema4D, Houdini and Katana) should request additional Arnold educational licenses through their academic institution.
Solid Angle is also offering Arnold Packs. These are bundles of (annual) subscription licenses, which customers can use locally or on the cloud. The packs are on sale as Arnold 5-Pack promo: 5 Arnold licenses for USD $1,500/year.
Windows 10 Pro for workstations
Using feedback from "Windows Insiders," Microsoft has developed Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to leverage the power of high-end PC hardware
The value of will increase with the following features:
• ReFS (Resilient file system): ReFS provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease. ReFS is designed to be resilient to data corruption, optimized for handling large data volumes, auto-correcting and more. It protects your data with integrity streams on your mirrored storage spaces.
• Persistent memory: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations provides the most demanding apps and data with the performance they require with non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware.
• Faster file sharing: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations includes a feature called SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability. This feature enables:
- Increased throughput: Leverages the full throughput of high speed networks where the network adapters coordinate the transfer of large amounts of data at line speed.
- Low latency: Provides extremely fast responses to network requests, and, as a result, makes remote file storage feel as if it is directly attached storage.
- Low CPU utilization: Uses fewer CPU cycles when transferring data over the network, which leaves more power available to other applications running on the system.
• Expanded hardware support: One of the top pain points expressed by our Windows Insiders was the limits on taking advantage of the raw power of their machine. Hence, we are expanding hardware support in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
Ornatrix 1.3 for Maya released
Ephere released Ornatrix 1.3 for Autodesk Maya. The commercial plugin gives Maya new functionality allowing user-friendly creation, modeling, management, animation, and rendering of computer generated hair, fur, feathers, and other scattered primitives such as foliage.
Ornatrix builds on existing workflows inside Maya to create a seamless environment which is familiar to Maya users. It also works together with built-in components like nHair and Xgen to boost their functionality. Nearly all Maya native and 3rd party renderers such as Arnold, V-Ray, Maxwell, Renderman, and Redshift are supported.
Ornatrix 1.3 is $499 and can be purchased at Ephere.com.