The Foundry announced they have released MARI 1.5, with new overlapping UV support, Maya texture export, and mirroring in the paint buffer. London, 6th August 2012 - Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry, has released MARI 1.5, packed with new features that reach beyond the film industry and will appeal to the games market. MARI is a production proven 3D digital paint tool, designed from the ground up so artists can spend more time being creative and less time managing technical issues. LucasArts has already been using MARI 1.5 in production as one of its texturing tools on the highly anticipated award-winning Star Wars 1313TM video game. MARI was adopted by the legendary games developer specifically to deal with the vast numbers of textures within the game environment.
This release of MARI adds even more creative functionality into the mix. These features make it even easier for games developers to utilise MARIs capabilities as well as enhancing the experience of artists working in all sectors of high-end visual effects. As well as the addition of games shaders, improved Overlapping UV Support gives artists the freedom of a smooth and robust workflow allowing shared textures to be re-used across 3D models within the same UV space. Helping to improve interoperability with Autodesk Maya, artists can now seamlessly handle patch based textures with a single click using the new Maya Texture Export feature. Shadow Support lets artists cast real-time shadows on objects from multiple light sources. This brand new functionality allows users to effortlessly see the impact of dramatic lighting on their textures.
About The Foundry Established in 1996, The Foundry produce a range of award-winning software solutions that facilitate ambitious visual effects across commercials, animation, episodic television and film. The fastest-growing company in its field today, The Foundry is internationally renowned for its product design and its collaborative and open approach. Led by CEO Bill Collis and a management team that still includes the original founders, The Foundry is backed by The Carlyle Group with a substantial portion still owned by the staff. This rapidly growing UK company has more than 140 employees distributed between its London headquarters and Los Angeles offices.
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