updated 04:20 pm EDT, Mon April 27, 2009
Autodesk Mudbox 2009
Autodesk has released the Mac version of Mudbox 2009, one of its newest graphics utilities. The software is designed for texture and modeling artists, and provides tools for painting, texturing and retouching 3D models. The texturing workflow -- which supports bump, diffuse, specular and reflection textures -- is said to be new, with options like a Projection brush and the ability to apply multiple maps to multiple meshes at the same time.
The suite now also supports multiple shadows, using HDR images as light sources, and a host of viewpoint filters, including ones for ambient occlusion and depth-of-field effects. Interface components can now be hidden to increase desktop space, and performance has been improved in terms of brush speed and camera movement. The software runs on Mac OS X 10.5.5 or later, and additionally demands 1GB of RAM, 650MB of hard drive space and an OpenGL-capable video card. Standard pricing is $745, though a demo is also available.