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Briefly: Handmade iPad Air cases, V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max now shipping

updated 04:15 pm EST, Tue February 4, 2014

Pad and Quill releases new Author Series cases for iPad Air

Pad and Quill has announced its release of five new designs of bindery- and artisan-patterned cloth cases for iPad Air. Part of the Author Series, the new commissioned artwork designs are created by Tamarah Ryan and Will Bowe, local artists to the production site of the cases (St. Paul, Minnesota).

The Author Series case for iPad Air protects and disguises the tablet, and includes magnetic On/Off features that wakes and puts to sleep one's iPad when opening or closing the book-like case. Its interior is composed of a hand-finished wood frame, and customers can select from a variety of bookbindery cloths and colourful pattern designs, and mix-and-match a combination on the inside, outside and spine of the case. The Author Series case for iPad Air includes a pocket option for small documents, and is equipped with access to all ports on the tablet. Pricing starts at $80, and is dependent upon fabric and construction choices, including optional monogramming.

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max launched today, includes new interface

Chaos Group has announced the latest release of its lighting, shading and rendering toolkit for 3ds Max, V-Ray 3.0. The updated visual effects software offers optimizations to the ray tracing core, Brute Force GI, Progressive Path Tracing, Reflections, Refractions and more. A major feature to the latest release is improved function speed, and the 3.0 release includes a new interface -- intended to accommodate both new and experienced users with Basic, Advanced and Expert modes. The new V-Ray toolbar includes Quick Settings with drop-down menus for preset options, as well as settings for Quality and Shading Rate that can be fine-tuned with sliders, emphasizing an intuitive workflow.

V-Ray 3.0 features improved SubSurface Scattering, with options for object-based and ray-traced illumination, faster hair rendering speeds, view-dependent tessellation and more. Other new additions to the app include color correction controls for its V-Ray Frame Buffer, and the inclusion of various open source technologies. Pricing for V-Ray 3.0 varies based on intended use and licensing scope, with upgrades from V-Ray 2.0 starting at $420.

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