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Reorganisation would force us to lay off 1,150 jobs: Autodesk

Reorganisation would force us to lay off 1,150 jobs: Autodesk

Technology
Autodesk has said that a reorganisation of the company will force it cut an estimated 1,150 jobs that will be about 13 per cent of the company’s current workforce. However, the company declined to say which jobs would be cut and had no comment beyond its third-quarter earnings report where the restructuring was announced. The company’s annualized recurring revenue for the third quarter was up 24 per cent over the same quarter last year. But the company said that it needed to restructure as it continued its shift from selling its software which included animation workhorse Maya and modeling and rendering solution 3ds Max on a licensed basis to a subscription model. Prior to the start of that shift, about a year ago, the studio had laid off 925 employees in February 2016, about 10 per ce
Autodesk releases latest SketchBook 4.0 painting and drawing app

Autodesk releases latest SketchBook 4.0 painting and drawing app

Technology
Autodesk has released its latest SketchBook 4.0 painting and drawing app. These will be available in May for iPad and iPhone and for Android users on Google Play. Autodesk SketchBook 4.0 for iOS and Android is currently one of the best painting and drawing apps for ones iPad that offers a wide range of brushes and editing capabilities either for free or under subscription. SketchBook is designed for creative professionals who draw on a regular basis, with the intent to make the digital drawing process feel as natural as possible. Autodesk’s app for tablets and phones, SketchBook – aka SketchBook Pro – promises to give users a more natural and convenient drawing experience with the latest version, including a larger canvas size, more layers, enhanced tools  and a smoother user interface
Autodesk releases digital painting and drawing app in SketchBook 4.0 for Android

Autodesk releases digital painting and drawing app in SketchBook 4.0 for Android

Technology
Autodesk has released SketchBook 4.0, the latest update for its digital painting and drawing app for Android on Google Play. SketchBook 4.0 for Android is part of the SketchBook family of apps, also available on iOS, Windows, and Mac. Digital artists can download the update and leverage the full computing power of modern devices, including GPU acceleration, with the app's revamped rendering engine. The concerned SketchBook also features new enhancements that make for a smoother, more convenient drawing experience, and enable larger canvas sizes, unlimited layers, a larger undo stack and more. Highlights of SketchBook 4.0 include:  UI updates: Clean canvas with two-hand mode Marking menu Quick-access toolbar Sliders for quick brush size and opacity adjustmen
Autodesk on the lookout for creative projects

Autodesk on the lookout for creative projects

Technology
Autodesk is in search of creative projects to feature in its 2018 VFX and games reels. These will be showcased at industry events and also featured on AREA, Autodesk.com and the Autodesk YouTube channel. The company is also on the lookout for killer imagery -- from screenshots to final renders, work in progress, box art, and before and afters -- for inclusion in future marketing materials. To submit one’s commercial, TV, film, short film, VR and/or music video projects, or video game cinematic, trailer or in-game sequence created using Autodesk software, he should follow the instructions below and complete your submission by Friday, Dec. 1. Gather files (for imagery format tips, see Autodesk’s guidelines) Complete the image consent form Launch the free WeTransferfile transf
The Rookies release Global Rankings report

The Rookies release Global Rankings report

VFX
The Rookies, an annual awards and mentor platform sponsored by Autodesk for young creatives, has released its Global Rankings Report: Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools in the World 2017. Got together with the help of Oscar-winning judges like Joe Letteri from Weta Digital and 60 more equally influential industry veterans from around the world, the report ranks schools across five categories: Best Animation Schools; Best Digital Illustration Schools; Motion Graphics Schools; Game Design & Development Schools and Visual Effects Schools. The report’s findings are based on a methodology that assesses the quality of work and performance of students who enter The Rookies. “We feel that traditional school rankings that include peer and employer reviews, faculty-to-student rat
animago awards in Munich on September 7 and 8

animago awards in Munich on September 7 and 8

VFX
In today’s world, visual effects and digital editing are part of almost every film, advertisement, interactive production, computer game and virtual reality production. In fact, the work of digital artists is required in a wide variety of industries over and above film, games and advertising. As a matter of  fact, digital production continues to play an increasingly key role in a number of other industries ranging from architecture and automobile manufacturing to medicine. At the animago award & conference that runs on September 7-8, VFX experts from all over the world will gather in Munich for two full days to focus on 3D animation, stills, visual effects, visualizations and design. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the events in the Gasteig Cultural Center in Mun
Autodesk discontinues its line of game engine middleware products

Autodesk discontinues its line of game engine middleware products

Technology
According to an official notice on the company’s website, 3D content creation software developer Autodesk has discontinued its line of game engine middle ware products. “Autodesk game middleware products are no longer available for purchase,” the message reads. “As of July 12, Scaleform, Beast, HumanIK and Navigation software, and their associated maintenance plans and maintenance renewals, will no longer be available for purchase,” it added. As of July 12, Scaleform, Beast, HumanIK and Navigation software and their associated maintenance plans and maintenance renewals will no longer be available for purchase. Continued support for middleware products will be provided only to users on an active maintenance plan, with all maintenance contracts honoured until the end of the term. 3D game
Autodesk teams up with Microsoft Azure

Autodesk teams up with Microsoft Azure

Technology
Autodesk has teamed up with Microsoft Azure to offer customers a new scalable cloud rendering solution with the Microsoft Azure Batch Rendering Platform. “We know that the scalability and ease of use offered by cloud rendering is important to our customers across industries, and we’re always looking for ways to help facilitate a smooth transition,” said Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk. “Teaming with Microsoft Azure gives Autodesk users even more choice when it comes to leveraging the right cloud-based rendering platforms for their specific facility and project needs,” he added. Built on the Azure Batch platform, this new rendering solution allows Autodesk users to submit their jobs for on-demand rendering directly through Maya, 3ds Max and Arnold with pay-per-use bil
Solid Angle releases Arnold 5.0 core rendering library

Solid Angle releases Arnold 5.0 core rendering library

Technology
Creator of the industry-leading Arnold global illumination ray-tracer, Solid Angle, has officially released version 5.0 of the Arnold core rendering library and associated plugins for the main DCC tools. In addition, Autodesk has announced that 3ds Max 2018 ships with Arnold 5, replacing mental ray. Building on Arnold’s leadership in production ray-tracing, Arnold 5 represents an evolution in rendering for artists everywhere. Not just a feature release, Arnold 5 also represents a significant transition to a new architecture paving the way for major developments to come. With a significant update to the Arnold core, faster rendering, new feature additions, enhancements to existing workflows and exciting new capabilities, Arnold 5 will help artists create more stunning imagery than ever.