appleseed 1.1.0 alpha-16 Release Notes

These are the release notes for appleseed 1.1.0 alpha-16. This release also includes Blenderseed 1.3.3 and Mayaseed 0.3.1.

You can check the full list of changes (you may want to select another branch than master to see the latest commits) and the full list of known issues on GitHub.

What's new in this release

appleseed

  • Implemented pixel filtering (available filters: Box, Triangle, Gaussian, Mitchell-Netravali, Cubic B-spline, Catmull-Rom, Lanczos). The default is Mitchell-Netravali with a filter radius of 2.0.
  • Added support for textured spot lights (spot light gobos).
  • Added support for straight alpha (by opposition to premultiplied alpha which is the default).
  • The adaptive image plane sampler now bases its refinement decisions upon the values of all AOVs, not just the main color buffer.
  • Added a parameter on materials to choose the up vector (Y/Green or Z/Blue) of the normal map when normal mapping is used.
  • Changed default tile size from 32x32 to 64x64.

appleseed.studio

  • Frame entities can now be edited.
  • Added a keyboard shortcut (CTRL-K) to clear the log panel.

Miscellaneous

  • Added watch_folder.py, a small Python script to continuously render appleseed scenes as they appear in a given directory. This can be used together with Dropbox to build a simple but powerful render farm. watch_folder.py used to be part of Mayaseed.

What's fixed in this release

appleseed

  • Fixed rendering of objects using multiple materials, where one or multiple materials have an alpha map.
  • Fixed rendering of fast rotating objects (with transformation motion blur).
  • Eliminated tile artifacts in adaptive image plane sampler.
  • Fixed transformation of nested assemblies (transforms of nested assembly instances were composed in the wrong order).
  • Fixed loading of some scanline-based OpenEXR images. This fix also affects the maketiledexr tool that ships with appleseed.
  • Fixed Tangents and Bitangents diagnostic modes.