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Deadline 9 Is Now Available

Deadline 9.0 is the latest version of Thinkbox Software’s scalable high-volume compute management solution, and introduces new features to strengthen the security of your Deadline render farm. The Deadline Repository installer installs an SSL-enabled version of the MongoDB database, and configures Deadline by default to connect to the database using SSL certificates that can be optionally password protected. In addition, new installation and configuration options have been added to better support distributed deployments.

Improvements have also been made to Deadline’s Remote Command system. Remote Commands are encrypted, and validation checks confirm that the commands originated from the sender, and that the sender is connected to the same Repository. Remote Command redirection is also supported via Deadline Pulse, allowing Remote Commands to be securely sent across different subnets.

A common interface is now included in all submitters for Draft - Deadline’s plug-in for automating deliverables - and for project management applications including Autodesk Shotgun, ftrack and NIM. In addition, support has been added for additional applications and renderers, including Innobright's Altus, Cinebench, Clarisse’s CNode, Composite 2017, Corona 1.4 and 1.5, Episode, KeyShot, Media Encoder 2017, Microstation CONNECT, Redshift for Houdini, Redshift Standalone, Silhouette, SketchUp 2017, V-Ray’s vdenoise, and VRED 2017.1 and 2017.2. V-Ray DBR support has been included for modo and Rhino 5, the 3dsCmd plugin now supports Dynamic V-Ray DBR offloading, and a V-Ray standalone submitter has been added for The Foundry’s NUKE. Jigsaw rendering for Redshift for Maya and Tile rendering for Cinema 4D and VRED are now included in addition to Redshift exporting from Maya, and Renderman exporting from Houdini.

Note that if you’re using traditional floating licenses, a new 9.0 license is required to run this version. However, if you’re using Usage Based Licensing, your existing render time will still be compatible. In addition, the version of Draft that ships with Deadline 9.0 has been upgraded to 1.6, which will require a new license as well. Please contact our Sales department to request updated floating licenses for Deadline and Draft.

Visit for more details on the new release. For the complete release notes, please see the Deadline User Manual.


Deadline 6.2.1 Update Released

Deadline 6.2.1 is the latest version of the popular render queue management system. It includes several enhancements, bug fixes, and support for After Effects CC 2014, Cinema 4D R16, Fusion 7, Nuke 9 and Realflow 2014.

For the full detailed list of improvements, please see the New Features In Deadline page.

Deadline 6.2.1 will function with existing 6.2 licenses. If you have a license for Deadline 6.1 or earlier, you will need an updated license.

The new build is available from the same download location as your previous 6.2 installers. For license updates, download links, or to request a 30 days evaluation license, please contact Thinkbox Sales.



Krakatoa MY 2.3.2 Update Available

A new version of the Krakatoa MY volumetric particle renderer for Autodesk Maya has been released.

In addition to several bug fixes, it also introduces PRT Loader object support for RealFlow .RPC particle files, as well as the LiDAR standard .LAS, .PTS and .PTX point cloud formats.

For the full list of changes, please see the Krakatoa MY Release Notes.

The new update uses the same 2.3 license as previous released. The installer is available from the same download location as previous builds. If you are an existing customer but don't have the download link, or would like to evaluate Krakatoa MY for 15 days, please contact Thinkbox Sales.



XMesh MX Now Available

We are happy to announce the official release of XMesh MX, the 3ds Max-specific portion of the XMesh Geometry Caching toolset. 

XMesh MX consists of the commercial XMesh Saver MX which is used to save geometry data to the hard disk, and the FREE XMesh Loader MX which is a scene object for loading, displaying, retiming and modifying the XMesh file sequence.

You can download both from the XMesh Download Page, and visit the XMesh Documentation.


Krakatoa MX 2 Updated to v2.0.1

Exactly one month after the Timed-As-A-Christmas-Present release of Krakatoa MX 2 v2.0.0 comes the first point update to Thinkbox' Volumetric Particle Rendering, Manipulation and Management toolkit. 

The new build delivers equal amounts of bug fixes, UI speed-ups, small features requested by the users (like an UPDATE button in the Magma Debugger), as well as a couple of useful compound operators already featured in a tutorial posted last week.

Please see the Change List for details.

The updated version uses the existing 2.0.x license and can also be used in Evaluation mode with the usual restrictions.

Go get it now!