updated 12:55 pm EDT, Mon October 1, 2007
Maxon Cinema 10.5 update
Maxon today released an enhanced version of its Cinema 4D 10.5 software. Sporting a wealth of new features, the update includes nearly a 100 enhancements that have been made to Cinema 4D's optional modules as well as its core engine. Maxon said that the update offers new tools for MOCCA and MoGraph as well as major enhancements to HAIR. Using the new DWG import filter, Cinema 4D users now have access to one of the most widely used CAD exchange formats on the market. it supports AutoCAD versions 13 to 2008, including layers, blocks and references. Architects can also enjoy the new connection to Allplan 2008, which guarantees loss-free transfer from Cinema 4D R10.5.
The company also said that the update brings new workflow tools: users working as a team can leverage the new XRefs external references, which allow a large scene to be broken down into parts, each of which can be worked on separately to the master project file, thus allowing multiple users to work on the same project file at the same time.
Version 10.5 also brings enhanced modeling tools (Connect, Dissolve and Spin Edge), a completely new way to light scenes (the new Lighting Tool can control the lighting rather than the lights) and a powerful new method to unwrap UVs of organic objects without undercuts.
New extended functionality in the Head Up Display (HUD) now allows data to be dragged and dropped directly into the viewport. HUD elements can also be colored and grouped easily, according to Maxon and the timeline has been refined to enable users to work faster than before: a new summary track allows the entire animation to be edited as a whole, while the new reduced modification mode greatly simplifies the process of editing complex f-curves.
In terms of the modules, Maxon said that key changes were made to MOCCA, MoGraph and HAIR. Animating characters in MOCCA now includes 25 improvements, such as Squash & Stretch features and new Deformers. MoGraph also boasts new effectors and cloning options to the module for state of the art motion graphics. The update also brings dramatically improved hair rendering and full support for multicore and multi-CPU machines - a dual-core machine now renders hair at up to double the previous speed, according to the company.