nVIDIA ha annunciato la realizzazione della release 2.0 del programma Gelato, dedicato alla creazione di contenuto digitale mediante tecniche di rendering di elevata qualità e dotato di supporto per i Sistemi Operativi RedHat Linux 7.2 e successivi, RedHat Fedora, RedHat Enterprise Linux ES, SuSE Linux Desktop e Windows XP.
Sono due le versioni disponibili: la prima racchiude tutte le funzionalità base del software ed è scaricabile liberamente da nvidia.com o direttamente dal link sottostante. La seconda, etichettata "Pro", rende possibile ai professionisti del settore grafico il pieno utilizzo delle potenzialità delle moderne workstation dotate di una scheda video della linea Quadro FX o superiore.
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 2, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced it is making the process of high-quality rendering affordable with two new versions of Gelato software, the company's premium rendering solution for digital content creation.
The new version comes in two flavors: Gelato 2.0 software, a no-cost version of the renderer that can be downloaded from www.nvidia.com as of today, and Gelato Pro 2.0 software, which offers advanced production-grade rendering functionality and comprehensive support, is available for purchase from NVIDIA and authorized regional resellers.
"Both the no-cost and the Pro versions of Gelato 2.0 software include advanced rendering features such as high-quality anti-aliasing, smooth motion blur, raytracing, global illumination and the inclusion of plug-ins for Autodesk's Maya and 3ds Max software, all of which make Gelato software a powerful complement to any rendering pipeline," said Larry Gritz, chief architect of Gelato software, NVIDIA. "Combine these features with the advanced functionality of Gelato Pro 2.0 software and we now offer a version of Gelato software for every user."
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Gelato software is GPU-accelerated, final-frame software that renders high-quality computer-generated images. Originally developed to render film and broadcast visual effects and animation, Gelato software is well-suited for any 3D software application that requires advanced rendering, including game development, CAD, industrial design, and architecture.
Gelato 2.0 software incorporates Frantic Films' Amaretto plug-in for advanced rendering functionality with Autodesk's 3ds Max software, complementing the existing Mango plug-in for rendering with Autodesk's Maya software.
By offering a complementary version of Gelato software to customers, NVIDIA extends the feature set of its GPU products and provides studios and professional artists with the high-performance rendering tools they need to produce compelling 3D content. Professionals in need of premium features and support options now have a compelling upgrade path to Gelato Pro software.
"This is great news for the 3ds Max community," said Chris Bond, president of Frantic Films. "Max has a tradition of plug-ins and third party developers writing great tools to extend the feature set, and the addition of a renderer with the firepower of Gelato software is big news. However, having it offered at no cost is fantastically great news!"
Gelato software expands the functionality of and market for NVIDIA GPU products. By lowering the barrier to entry for high-end rendering, NVIDIA is providing another compelling benefit for end users, both professionals and consumers alike, who have an NVIDIA GPU in their PC. The no cost version also provides an easy upgrade path to Gelato Pro software.
Gelato Pro software offers customers advanced features such as the Sorbetto™ interactive relighting engine, network parallel rendering, multithreading, 64-bit support, DSO shadeops, and a comprehensive support program, which are valuable additions to the professional production environment.
Pricing and Availability
Gelato 2.0 software and Gelato Pro 2.0 software currently support Windows XP and Linux operating systems. Gelato software runs on NVIDIA GeForce 5200 graphics processing units or higher, or any NVIDIA Quadro FX solution; Gelato Pro software is certified and supported on NVIDIA Quadro FX boards only.
Gelato software is available for download at http://www.nvidia.com/get_gelato. Gelato Pro software is priced at $1500 and available from NVIDIA and authorized regional resellers. Maintenance and support contract renewals are $300 per license at the end of the first year of ownership.
Source: nVIDIA Press Release