Hey, did you guys hear Carrara 8.5 will launch on August 26th, 2013?
Of course you did because the announcement was made on Carrara Cafe this weekend. The rumors are true though, Carrara 8.5 will launch on the 26th of this month.
Here is a list of the new features:
Native DSON Importer means seamless integration of:
TriAxTM Weight Mapped figures (Genesis, G2F, G2M)
General Weight Mapped figures
Legacy Parametric Figures (4th Generation and earlier)
Hierarchical Material(s) Preset
Shader Preset (preset must be for a Carrara shader)
Support for multiple UV sets (through Hierarchical Material(s) Presets and Material(s) Presets)
Native AutoFit functionality means:
Conversion of legacy parametric clothing to TriAxTM weigh mapped figures
Automatic Morph Projection quickly gives you the fit you need for your figure's shape.
Automatic Weight Map Projection allows AutoFit clothing to bend and pose smoothly with the figure.
Morphs built into clothing are carried through the AutoFit process.
Improved Sequencer, Keyframing and Animation Tools
New keyboard shortcuts to:
Advance the frame
Preview a frame
Key Frame Filters
Sample – Creates a key at every frame of the animation.
Smooth – Smooth out wild keys to get an even looking animation
Reduce – Programatically determine which keys are unecessary and eliminate them.
Graph Editor Box allows for fine tuning of animations
Easily adjust timing
Simple yet powerful manipulation of amplitude
Scale, and translate key frames along the Graph Editor.
Marquee selection of key frames for Graph Editor.
Smart Content and CMS Integration
Carrara can now access the CMS database.
New smart content pane allows users to browse smart content by:
File view provides selection based filtering so that the user only sees items compatible with the current instance tray selection.
Double click and drag and drop loading are both supported in Smart Content Tab.
Zero, Memorize and Restore:
Selection Tree Pose
Selection Tree Shape
Provides users with powerful tools to reset a pose, shape or both.
Memorize and Restore allow user to take a snap shot of the model's current pose and/or shape and restore all or part of it.
Improved Fit to Functionality
Automatic projection and following of morphs for TriAx Figures
No more relying on built in clothing morphs to fit clothing over a figure. Carrara automatically projects any morphs for a TriAx figure onto items conformed to the figure.
Improved Viewport Avatars
Spotlight, Sunlight, Moonlight, Tube Lights and Shape lights have all received a makeover and can easily be identified in the viewport.