"There is a lot of new stuff in 1.2.11. New contributors are getting involved and are making things even better. New light radius drawing courtesy of James Monroe at Raven, q3map2 integration with Ydnar's help (yes, it's included in 1.2.11 now), and a lot of tweaking by Arnout at SplashDamage (straight from their Enemy Territory editor). Be sure to read the ChangeLog for all details."
Side effects have made their Houdini software package available for free in an apprentice version.
Alias|Wavefront have announced that the Mental Ray plugin for Maya 4.5 is now free and available for download. Mental Ray is a top notch renderer, and previously costed $3,995 (US) on its own. For more information and to download "Mental Ray plugin for Maya 1.5", click here.
Polycount reports of a cool plugin for Max4.2 users who need some Max5 UVW unwrapping goodness..
If you're bored, and don't mind reading a little bit of history, then look no further!..
"a suite of animation products (was) produced in the late 1980's for the Atari ST personal computer platform. Although the fact is not widely known, this Atari software, published by a defunct computer magazine called Antic, directly preceded and led to the Autodesk 3D Studio and Discreet 3ds max products used by thousands of people today."
Click here for the pre-history of Autodesk 3d Studio and Discreet 3d Studio Max.
Although the news has been around for a short while now, Alias|Wavefront has officially announce that Unreal Tournament 2003 will come with Maya Personal Learning Edition..
Here's what's been added to version 1.6.3:
Added: Unweld Vertex, useful for detaching faces or adding detail.
Added: Unweld Vertex Radial.
I know you like freebies. We all like freebies. Here are some freebies..
"What does the SimbiontMAX 2.1 package include?
For those of you who don't know discreet has started shipping the latest installment of the acclaimed modeling package 3d Studio Max 5.