Software updates Jan-Feb '20

Software updates Jan-Feb '20

We’re well into 2020, and it’s been quite the ride so far, but over at the farm our team has been working diligently, rain or shine to bring you a bunch of useful improvements to our plugin support for your favorite software! Here’s our first update roundup for the new decade. Enjoy!

Web manager

  • We’ve added a new feature – frame preview!
    To use it, just double click on one of your frames or any image texture in the file browser (left section in the Projects panel) or use “Image Preview” under RMB.
  • Added resolution aspect ratio lock in the job submission window.
  • Added “End time” column in the jobs table.
  • Added Job node limit in the job submission window.
  • Fixed Render Log formatting.
  • Added % progress bar for Terragen.
  • Resolution change for .vrscene rendering has been blocked.

renderBeamer

  • We’ve updated the installer for macOS. The previous version has been overwritten on Web Manager
  • The new installer brings back easy uninstall option – Applications\renderBeamer\Uninstall renderBeamer
  • There is no more need to use \Username\renderBeamer\maintancetool to remove renderBeamer for macOS
  • Main renderBeamer uninstaller is also removing all of the installed apps plugins, including removing local files, removing from menus and shelves.

Service overview – update 2020 – render university video

– A new video tutorial has been added to our YouTube channel!
Video is mostly focusing on all newest 2020 year updates like login & software download, new renderBeamer UI, combined plugin installers panel, new Web Manager UI elements and functions

3ds Max

  • Improvements with handling MD5 name changing procedure & assets relinking – now all MD5 renamed assets should have correct links in 3ds Max asset tracker.
  • Assets names with special characters like !@#$%^&()+ will not be changed to MD5 anymore.
  • Bucket rendering sequence has been changed to checker for all V-Ray modes.
  • Railclone plugin for 3ds Max is auto deployed now.
  • DreamScape 2.5.8 added to 3ds Max 2018-2020.

LightWave3D

  • Added support for LightWave3D 2019.1.5 – minimal plugin version required is v68.
  • Fixed issues with not uploaded assets (due spaces or special characters used in file names).
  • Now the names of all assets of this type are correctly changed to md5, re-linked and sent to the farm.
  • Improvement plugin privileges, stability, and speed.
  • TurbulenceFD has been added to all supported LightWave3D 2019 versions (2019-2019.1.5).

Maya

  • Maya 2020 has been added to the farm.
  • The default render mode for V-Ray renderer has been changed from Full animation to Render as is.
  • Added “New project name” option.
  • Added support for OCIO file in Maya Colour Management preferences.
  • File name padding has been fixed for strips rendering.
  • Fixed issue with not relinked UDIM sequences.
  • V-Ray Next, update 2.1 for Maya 2020.

SketchUp

  • Added prompt about NVIDIA AI Denoiser usage.
  • Blocked .vrimg output format when using Strips rendering (in Page and Frames modes).
  • An additional switch has been added that skips uploading the original base scene when the plugin is working with .vrscene exporter.
  • By default, the “upload base scene” is always off.
  • Fixed issues with the scene preparation process on V-Ray versions that don’t have a denoiser feature.

Modo

  • An additional switch has been added that skips uploading the original base scene when the plugin is working with .vrscene exporter.
  • By default, the “upload base scene” is always off.
  • TracerX 1.3 plugin for Modo has been added to our farm.
  • Tropism 1.0.1 plugin for Modo has been added to our farm.
  • emReader for Modo has been updated to 1.275.
  • A new farm user guide has been added to our website! Text guides for Modo with native render engine & Modo with V-Ray renderer are available here.

Blender

  • Fixed issues with permissions required to copy Flip Fluids caches on macOS.
  • Fixed issue with Blender version update warning.
  • Fixed issue with checking auto-run-python-scripts setting. Now the plugin shows prompt only when a script is employed in the scene.

After Effects

  • The plugin has been rebuilt from the ground up.
  • There are tons of under the hood stability and performance fixes – i.e. improved assets reading & relinking (including MD5 name changes), handling big amounts of data with better procedures, reading & copying user fonts.
  • Now the output file name (in Web Manager) is based on selected composition name.
  • Now the plugin should be started directly from the “Edit” menu in AE – not “File > Scripts” like before.

Cinema 4D

  • Cinema4D R21 has been updated to 21.115.
  • Cinema4D R19 has been updated to 19.068.
  • GSG Light Kit updated to 3.1 for C4D R18-R20.

Rhinoceros

  • An additional switch has been added that skips uploading the original base scene when the plugin is working with .vrscene exporter.
  • By default, the “upload base scene” is always off.

Other

  • Anima has been updated to 3.5.7.
  • Vue 4003044 has been added to the farm.

That’s it for now, and as long as the Corona virus doesn’t wipe us out we’ll be working to make your experience at the farm better than ever. Stay safe everyone, and as always, Happy Rendering!


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