Leading software developer, The Foundry is pleased to announce the release of 3D Digital Painting application, MARI for the Mac. MARI allows artists to paint directly onto 3D models using incredibly super high-resolution textures and millions of polygons. Mac users can download a 15-day free trial of MARI for the Mac here.
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 announced MARI for the Mac in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and special session to preview the 3D painting application running on the new Mac Pro.
“We announced that MARI would be coming to the Mac at WWDC 2013 earlier this year, and are excited to be releasing it to the market today,” said Jack Greasley, MARI Product Manager at The Foundry. “MARI is such a powerful and artist-friendly application. We know MARI is a great fit for the Mac and can’t wait to see what users can do with this truly amazing tool on Apple’s hardware.”
The application was originally developed at Weta Digital to enable the groundbreaking visuals on James Cameron’s Avatar film. 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.
Until October 31st 2013, The Foundry is offering 25% off MARI on all platforms. Pricing with the discount is £905.00 / $1,495.00 / €1,085.00.
MARI for the Mac is introduced with version 2.5 which is available now on all platforms.
CG Society Challenge
For artists really looking to get their teeth into MARI, The Foundry is running an exciting texturing challenge on CG Society until 15th December 2013. The best entries will be competing to win a prize pool of nearly $28,000. Artists can enter the challenge via this link.
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.
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