3D software developer Maxon has released the first update to its Cinema 4D Release 9 tool. Over 50 new features and many more enhancements are included in the R9.1 update, with a focus on data exchange, n-gons, the interface and the material system. The update is freely downloadable from Maxon's site
Compositing artists using 3D have a new tool in R9.1: besides the existing support for After Effects, Combustion and Final Cut Pro - Cinema 4D projects can now be transferred to Apple's brand new graphics package Motion.
MAXON has also integrated n-gon support in many of the import and export filters, most notably FBX, LightWave 3D and VRML.
In addition, modeling has matured in the update, with enhanced support for n-gons that makes it easier to create a clean mesh. Chief of the enhancements here is a new type of HyperNURBS optimized for n-gons, as well as a new option that allows caps to be created as n-gons.
The user interface also sports tweaks. The HeadUpDisplay, introduced in Release 9, has been refined to allow greater control over the data displayed in the viewport. Scene navigation has been improved, especially when creating camera animation, thanks to new camera tumbling modes.
Last but not least, the material system boasts three new types of noise: Fire, Electric and Gaseous; a noise preview window now means that you can select a type of noise more easily via thumbnails, and SubPolygonDisplacement includes new mapping possibilities.