Leading computer graphics and visual effects software developer, The Foundry is pleased to announce that MARI will be coming to the Mac later this year.
MARI is the most fluid and natural way to paint in 3D. It makes life simple for artists by allowing them to paint directly onto 3D models and is capable of handling super high resolution textures and millions of polygons.
In March 2013, The Foundry launched MARI 2, a revolutionary version of the software, featuring a brand new, artist focused layer system.
Staying true to MARI’s roots this major release focused on enhancing the painting experience for 3D artists. The addition of the new layer system means MARI is easier to use than ever before and will be a familiar working environment for users of Adobe® Photoshop® and other layer based paint tools.
“The Foundry has done an incredible job bringing MARI to the Mac,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “MARI’s high resolution textures and 3D painting capabilities take full advantage of the incredible power and stability of the Mac.”
“Bringing MARI to the Mac is without a doubt our most requested innovation,” said Bill Collis, The Foundry’s CEO. “MARI will take full advantage of Apple's current hardware and we can't wait for the next generation Mac Pro.”
About MARI and its history
Originally developed at Weta Digital the software is production proven and was designed to meet the needs of even the most challenging VFX projects. The Foundry took over development of
MARI in April 2010 and released MARI 1.0 in July that year. Today the software is widely used in the film industry and beyond. MARI was the primary 3D paint tool used on 9 of the 10 features shortlisted in the category of ‘Visual Effects’ in the 2013 Academy Awards® including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers and Prometheus.
About The Foundry
The Foundry was established in 1996. It is now the fastest growing company in its field today, and is internationally renowned for its product design and collaborative and open approach to development.
Led by CEO Bill Collis and a management team that still includes the original founders, The Foundry is backed by The Carlyle Group with a substantial portion still owned by the staff.
In September 2012, The Foundry merged with Luxology, an independent US based technology company.
The Foundry develops award winning computer graphics and visual effects (VFX) software used globally by leading artists and designers. The portfolio lets users create inspiring and technical
high end visuals across a wide range of industries including film, TV, commercial and games, as well as the CAD, design and architecture markets.
The Foundry has a stable of award winning 2D and 3D VFX software including NUKE, its industry standard compositor and MODO, the 3D software package that combines modelling, painting, animation and rendering.
The Foundry has established itself as a critical partner to major feature film studios and post production houses worldwide including The Mill, ILM, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain.
The company's products have been used to create breathtaking effects sequences on a wide range of features, television projects and commercials. High profile examples include the 2013 Oscar® winner, Life of Pi (Best Visual Effects) and The Hobbit and the EMMY award winning Boardwalk Empire.
In 2012 the company made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the third year, ranking in 70th position. The Foundry is a finalist for the 2012 National Business Awards’ Blackberry Growth Strategy of the Year award. In 2011 The Foundry also placed in The Sunday Times International Track at number 54, made the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list for the first time and was awarded a laureate in the Computerworld Honours.
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