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For additional product news and information, visit SOFTWARE VFX Free Effects CoreMelt introduces CoreMeltFree, a free collection of 33 visual effects plug- ins based on its CoreMelt Complete V2 bundle of GPU-accelerated plug-ins for faster rendering, increased productivity, and streamlined workfl ow. CoreMeltFree includes an assortment of visual effects plug-ins—ranging from soft organic glows and blurs to advanced color-correction tools and instant photo montages, to audio reactive animations—from each of to be dropped into any scene. Poser Debut is designed to help users quickly produce entire scenes and pose 3D characters on the virtual stage. Users simply click and drag to pose fi gures joint by joint or to move lights and cameras in real time, as well as drag and drop any item in the library’s display directly into the scene. Its FireFly Rendering Engine transforms the 3D scene into a full-color photorealistic or cartoon-style image or animation. Now available, Poser Debut is priced at $50. Smith Micro Software; WIN MAC are now available as free downloads to registered customers. Cebas Visual Technology; SCULPTING Free Trial the eight products in CoreMelt Complete V2. CoreMelt’s software plug-ins are designed for motion graphics artists and editors working in Adobe After Effects and Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and Motion. CoreMeltFree is now avail- able for free download from the CoreMelt Web site. CoreMelt; 3D ANIMATION Getting Started Smith Micro Software’s Productivity and Graphics Group has released Poser Debut for 3D art and animation. Poser Debut provides easy-to-use 3D scene creation tools, step-by-step project guide tutorial videos, and more than 70 fully rigged, ready-to-pose characters with a variety of clothing, props, cameras, and lights able MAC RENDERING That’s Final Cebas Visual Technology announces Final- Render 3.5 and 3.5 SE Service Pack 1 (SP1), its rendering systems for Autodesk 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design. Both designed to deliver power, functionality, and rendering speed, FinalRender 3.5 SE SP1 is well suited to production houses and advanced users, and FinalRender 3.5 SP1 is targeted at mainstream users. SP1 improves program stability, workfl ow, and network rendering. The latest updates include enhancements to the FinalRender Scanline core renderer, Harmonics GI, ThinkingParticles, layer and light materials, light sources, proxy objects, architecture material, alpha channel, and anaglyph stereo and stereo camera elements. Final- Render 3.5 and 3.5 SE SP1, for use with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design 2008 through 2011, Pixologic has introduced ZBrush 4 Trial, which provides access to all the features and functionality of the full commercial version of ZBrush 4. ZBrush 2D/3D digital sculpting software is employed in film, game, concept design, toy and collectible, and scientifi c illustration projects. Users of the Trial edition gain 30 days of use, which can be spread over a period of 45 calendar days. ZBrush 4 Trial is accom- panied by Getting Started with ZBrush, a 52-page digital guide offering ZBrush concepts, techniques, and key features. The ZBrush tool set includes: Shadow Box, Clip Brushes, SubTools, MatchMaker Brush, Spotlight, Timeline, Best Preview Render (BPR), 3D Shadows, Ambient Occlusion (AO), Subsurface Scattering (SSS), Multiple SubTool Transparency, and 3D Fibers. ZBrush 4 Trial is free, whereas ZBrush 4 is priced at $699. Pixologic; WIN MAC MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM Going Simian Simian has upgraded its Web-based multimedia platform for building, manag- ing, presenting, and analyzing a variety of creative deliverables for use in advertis- ing, fi lm, television, music, and interactive media projects. In addition to a revamped design and streamlined functionality, Simian Version 2.0 offers feature-rich project workspaces, enhanced analytics, social syndication, metadata tagging, Web-site integration, and custom presen- April 2011, Volume 34, Number 3: COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD (USPS 665-250) (ISSN-0271-4159) is published monthly except in January and August (10 issues annually) by COP Communications, Inc. Corporate offi ces: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204, Tel: 818-291-1100; FAX: 818-291-1190; Web Address: info@ Periodicals Postage Paid at Glendale, CA, 91205 & additional mailing offi ces. COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD is distributed worldwide. 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