Friday, August 26, 2011

You Are Invited to Try Pre-Release Version of Flamingo nXt

NXT is completely new render engine. Everyone is invited to download the pre-release version of Flamingo nXt and give it a try.

The latest build includes these enhancements:
Caustics improved in the pathtracer engine
New transparency calculations for better glass
Improved exposure controls including a new histogram function
Alpha channel masking improved
Better support for blocks
Improved the sun angle calculator
Many refinements to the interface
Many bugs fixed

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Strip Morphologies by Zubin M Khabazi

Zubin M Khabazi has added a book to his Grasshopper Generative Algorithms series, Strip Morphologies.
Subjects cover both design and fabrication definitions in Grasshopper. Zubin also explores a few membrane structure case studies through the design, prototyping and fabrication process.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kangaroo Version 0.06 Released

Wind test 2 from Daniel Piker on Vimeo.

Daniel Piker announced version 0.06 of the Kangaroo physics plugin for Grasshopper. This version contains bug fixes and many new features – wind, planarization, vortex, shear, alignment, anchor-springs, constrain to curves, rigid origami, etc.
Check out Daniel’s video page for some additional examples.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rhino 5.0 OSX - New WIP Release

A new Work In Progress (WIP) build of Rhinoceros 5 for OS X is now available. This Mac build is up to date with the Windows build.  There is a new Windows WIP release every week or so and an updated Mac Rhino WIP will be released shortly after each Windows release. 

The Mac V5 Rhino version supports 64 and 32-bit Intel architectures. This Mac version will automatically run in 64-bit mode on Core 2 Duo Intel processors or later, so running out of memory should no longer be a problem. It requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.

Note: OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and PowerPC are no longer supported.

Recent enhancements include:
  • The latest 5.0 Windows Beta changes, including:
    • better stability
    • many command enhancements
    • faster drawing speeds
    • display enhancements
    • new commands
    • new editing tools (gumball and subobject editing)
  • Support for OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Bug fixes

Everyone is invited to download and use the OS X version of Rhino while it is in development.

Most of the core functionality has been ported from Windows and is very stable. There is still much to do to port the rest of the functionality and refine the interface.

We don't expect the first commercial release to be ready until next year. Don't worry if the build you are using is about to expire. New versions will be available every week or so. There will be a newer one available before the expiration date.

  • Python developers need to download the latest Python plug-in (32-bit only) from here.
  • The Apple 10.7 OpenGL driver for ATI graphics chips is buggy and crashes often if antialiasing is not set to None. This affects most newer Apple laptops. The antialiasing setting is currently ignored on these Apple computers and antialiasing is always disabled.