Blenderseed 1.1.3 Released

We just released Blenderseed 1.1.3. This is a minor release improving compatibility with appleseed 1.1.0 alpha-10.

You can download Blenderseed 1.1.3 by right-clicking here and saving the file to disk.

appleseed 1.1.0 alpha-10 Released

We just released appleseed 1.1.0 alpha-10. This release introduces many new major features (camera motion blur, render layers, a Maya-to-appleseed translator and a new BRDF model) and lots of smaller features, tweaks and fixes. This is also the first release available on 64-bit Mac OS X!

Mayaseed Demo Scene

Check the release notes for the full list of changes. Read more...

Happy New Year!

2012

We are at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011

If you're in Hong Kong attending SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011, come say hello to the /*jupiter jazz*/ rockband at our incredible co-hosted booth!

appleseed, by /*jupiter jazz*/

(By François Beaune, founder and lead architect of appleseed.)

I'm proud to announce that /*jupiter jazz*/, the awesome VFX company behind AtomKraft and many other products and open source tools, has entered into a long-term technology licensing agreement that resulted in the acquisition of appleseed. Starting from today, appleseed becomes "Jupiter Jazz's appleseed". Naturally, appleseed will remain a true open source project and will continue using the very permissive MIT license for all source code releases.

This acquisition is fantastic news: not only is the development of appleseed now financed, opening the door to many cool possibilities such as rendering contests with monetary prizes or short animation projects, on the longer term appleseed will also benefit from the development resources of /*jupiter jazz*/ and of the many connections it has in the VFX industry.

The full press release can be found here.

To celebrate this event, François Gilliot (also from /*jupiter jazz*/), Ulric Santore and I created a (very) short animation called WRECK:

You can also download the full resolution animation (107 MB) [alternative link].

The source materials for this animation (geometry, textures, uncompressed soundtrack and raw OpenEXR frames) will be available for download shortly. We decided to license everything under the most accommodating of the Creative Commons 3.0 licenses.

Developers: appleseed.foundation version 1.6 Released

We just released version 1.6 of appleseed.foundation, the open source C++ library based on the foundation code of appleseed. The major feature of this release is interoperability with ILM's Imath library. Imath (released as part of the OpenEXR library) is used extensively in the VFX world, so this will come as a good news for those who need more functionalities than what Imath provides.

appleseed 1.1.0 alpha-9 Released

We just released appleseed 1.1.0 alpha-9. This release introduces two important features: preliminary support for the Alembic file format, and support for point lights.

Alembic is a new geometry interchange file format developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks and ILM. As far as we know, appleseed is the very first open source application to support the Alembic format.

Check the release notes for the full list of changes. Read more...