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Monday
May022016

Thinkbox Software Offers Free On-Demand Licensing in May

Company Teams with The Foundry for Free Hours of NUKE and KATANA, and Chaos Group for Free Hours of V-Ray; Also Provides Complimentary Use of Deadline and Krakatoa for the Month

Los Angeles, CA (May 2, 2016)Thinkbox Software today announced it will provide free licensing hours of Deadline and Krakatoa as well as free hours of The Foundry’s NUKE and KATANA, and Chaos Group’s V-Ray for the month of May. Deadline 8, now available, introduces on-demand, per-minute licensing for Thinkbox tools and third-party applications. Users will receive the complimentary time in 10,000-hour increments. Time can be managed via Thinkbox’s e-commerce portal and minutes are only consumed while the Slave application is rendering. In addition to the new on-demand licensing, Thinkbox continues to offer perpetual licenses for its products.


We invite anyone and everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and really hammer our system so we can fine tune the store and this new on-demand model,” shared Chris Bond, founder, Thinkbox Software. “We’re excited that The Foundry and Chaos Group have teamed with us on this offer and we look forward to bringing even more partners on board to continue making our customers’ lives easier.

Partnering with Thinkbox to provide on-demand V-Ray licensing is a natural fit. We want to make sure our customers have easy access to V-Ray in ways that fit their business – and since many are already using Deadline, the combination is perfect,” said Vlado Koylazov, CTO of Chaos Software and head of development for all V-Ray products.

The free hours can be used for on-premise or cloud-based rendering; users are responsible for compute resources. Hours are offered on a first come, first served basis and any unused time will expire at 12am PDT on June 1, 2016. For details, visit: www.deadlineondemand.com.

To request free hours from Thinkbox, please email sales@thinkboxsoftware.com or call 1-866-419-0283.

Rendering with V-Ray requires updated builds of V-Ray 3.30; V-Ray customers should contact support@chaosgroup.com for access to those builds.

About Thinkbox Software

Founded by Chris Bond in 2010, Thinkbox Software develops production-proven tools for visual artists and backs each product with highly responsive support. Used across entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, Thinkbox’s products include Deadline® high-volume compute management software used to render, manage and process files locally and across the cloud as well as standalone point mesher Sequoia and particle renderer Krakatoa, which are used to create, visualize and modify massive datasets. For more information, visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com or follow @thinkboxsoft on Twitter.

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Media Contact: 

Frances Ratliff
Raz Public Relations  
310-450-1482  
frances@razpr.com

Thursday
Apr212016

Thinkbox Founder and CEO Chris Bond In StudioDaily 50

Thinkbox Software's founder and fearless leader Chris Bond was named one of eight Executives on the StudioDaily 50 list and received his award at NAB 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.

The StudioDaily 50 is populated by executives and producers who make great work happen; directors, cinematographers and editors who push the creative envelope; and scientists, engineers, inventors and other innovators who keep pushing the state of the creative arts.

 

Tuesday
Apr192016

Thinkbox Software Debuts On-Demand, Per-Minute Licensing with Deadline 8

Updates Include Third-Party Metered Licensing with The Foundry’s NUKE and KATANA, and Chaos Group’s V-Ray; a New Proxy Server; and Enhanced Monitor Features

Los Angeles, CA (April 18, 2016) - Thinkbox Software today announced the availability of Deadline 8, software that provides the foundation for organizations to easily manage any combination of local and cloud-based resources, ensuring jobs run efficiently. Deadline 8 introduces on-demand, per-minute licensing for Deadline, Thinkbox's Krakatoa and Sequoia, and third-party applications including The Foundry's NUKE and KATANA, and Chaos Group's V-Ray, with more to be added. On-demand licensing can be purchased via the Thinkbox's e-commerce portal 24/7, with minutes consumed only while the Slave application is rendering.

“Bringing on-demand licensing to our tools has long been a goal for us, and we’re excited to officially launch these capabilities, along with a slew of other Deadline updates designed to make our customers’ lives easier, whether they want to work locally, in the cloud or both,” said Chris Bond, founder, Thinkbox Software.

Deadline 8’s Proxy Server allows users to securely connect to and interact with remote and cloud-based render farms over public Internet without the need for a virtual private network (VPN). For VPNs already in place between remote locations, the Proxy Server can be used to provide a more stable connection over high-latency networks. The latest version of Deadline also features improved Monitor interactivity, with long running operations such as deleting thousands of jobs or configuring hundreds of Slaves now being executed in the background and controlled by a new Background Operations panel that allows users to view, pause and cancel activity. Multiple Monitors are now supported, enabling users to control several farms or offices simultaneously from one screen, and the List panels in the Monitor have been rewritten from the ground up to be more efficient when handling thousands of jobs or Slaves.


Deadline 8 also adds application support for Toon Boom’s Harmony, The Foundry’s KATANA, NVIDIA Iray for Maya, Imagineer Systems’ mocha Pro and UnrealSwarm. For additional stability, application plug-ins and events now run in a clean environment that is separate from Deadline applications. The environment is reset between render jobs, ensuring that any changes made will not impact subsequent jobs. Since applications and events are sandboxed, if an issue were to occur, only the problematic application or event would restart and Deadline as a whole would remain unaffected.

Deadline 8 will be available for purchase May 1, 2016. For more information and pricing, visit: www.thinkboxsoftware.com/sales.

About Thinkbox Software
Founded by Chris Bond in 2010, Thinkbox Software develops production-proven tools for visual artists and backs each product with highly responsive support. Used across entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, Thinkbox’s products include Deadline® high-volume compute management software used to render, manage and process files locally and across the cloud as well as standalone point mesher Sequoia and particle renderer Krakatoa, which are used to create, visualize and modify massive datasets. For more information, visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com or follow @thinkboxsoft on Twitter.

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Media Contact:

Frances Ratliff
Raz Public Relations
310-450-1482
frances@razpr.com

Thursday
Apr072016

Introducing The Krakatoa MX Feature Blog

Following in the steps of the awesome Deadline Feature Blog which has been going strong in the last few months, we are happy to announce a Krakatoa MX Feature Blog. It will attempt to highlight useful features related to a single task that are otherwise burried in multiple locations in the Online Documentation, and hopefully speed up or simplify your workflows.

In the first blog post in the series, we are shining a light at the File List of the PRT Loader to illuminate the many ways it can be populated, from clicking with the mouse through using the Windows Clipboard to scripting.

Enjoy!

Monday
Apr042016

Thinkbox Software Hires Ben Minall to Head Up Sales for Europe and India

Los Angeles, CA (April 4, 2016)Thinkbox Software has added UK-based Sales Manager Ben Minall to its growing team to provide current and prospective customers in Europe and India with regional support. With a background in CG artistry and software engineering, Minall brings a comprehensive technical understanding of industry best practices and workflows, having managed also sales for both desktop- and cloud-based products. 

“The central tenet of Thinkbox’s mission statement is ‘remarkable support,’ and adding Ben to our team extends that vision. Our user base in Europe and India continue to grow, and will benefit from his understanding of pipeline as well as daily tasks that artists need to complete. Ben will help accelerate our momentum, while also reinforcing our dedication to service for our clients and partners,” said Chris Bond, founder and CEO, Thinkbox Software. 

“I’m excited to embrace new challenges at such a dynamic company. The level of engineering support at Thinkbox is fantastic. Their products work right out-of-the-box and they iterate quickly, ensuring clients are able to meet their deadlines. I think some of their developments coming down the pipe will be disruptive and open up a wealth of possibilities for Thinkbox customers,” shared Minall. 

Minall comes to Thinkbox from ftrack, where he grew the customer base from three to more than 200 in less than three years. He also spent nearly seven years with The Foundry, first searching for software bugs as a QA engineer and later as a NUKE demo artist. During that time, he co-founded Nukepedia, an in-depth resource for NUKE users still presently in use. Minall transitioned to the company’s sales side in 2010, handling European, South African and Indian territories. 

Prior to Minall joining Thinkbox, Director of Sales Thomas Phariss handled European and Indian sales. Phariss now heads up Thinkbox sales globally, directly managing the North American, Australian and Asia markets.

 

About Thinkbox Software

Founded by Chris Bond in 2010, Thinkbox Software develops production-proven tools for visual artists and backs each product with highly responsive support. Used across entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, Thinkbox’s products include Deadline® high-volume compute management software used to render, manage and process files locally and across the cloud as well as standalone point mesher Sequoia and particle renderer Krakatoa, which are used to create, visualize and modify massive datasets. For more information, visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com or follow @thinkboxsoft on Twitter.

 

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Media Contact:
Frances Ratliff
Raz Public Relations
310-450-1482
frances@razpr.com