Exocortex Crate goes Open Source!

The popular Alembic suite for 3DS Max, Maya and Softimage is now freely available to all.
- Ben Houston

Exocortex is pleased to announce that Exocortex Crate, the highly popular Alembic suite of tools for 3DS Max, Maya, Softimage, Arnold and Python, is now open source. Also, as of today, we are no longer offering permanent licensing of Exocortex Crate, rather it is free to download, use and modify to your needs.

What is Alembic? Alembic is a standardized format for data exchange between 3D programs used for animation and visual effects. It enables you to escape the trap of only using a single 3D program. If you use Exocortex Crate you can easily exchange data between the products supported by Exocortex Crate and Houdini, Modo, Nuke, Cinema 4D, V-Ray, Arnold, RealFlow, Clarrise and Lightwave.

We, both Exocortex as well as Helge Mathee (who started what became Exocortex Crate), are doing this as thanks to the community of studios that funded the development of Exocortex Crate. The product is now mature, battle tested and highly capable. Instead of going the route of charging a high maintenance fee to our customers for what is essentially a mature product, we are opening it up to the community.

Clara.io: Introducing 40 New Improvements and Features.

To celebrate reaching 85,000 registered users, we are introducing a ton of new features!
- Ben Houston

December 1, 2014: Over 85,000 artists and creators have registered for Clara.io, the online 3D modeling and rendering tool, since its introduction in August 2013, and returning editors now average over 71 minutes per user session (a 100% increase since April 2014!)

To celebrate we are releasing over 40 improvements to your online 3D modeling & rendering experience:

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