With unusually little fanfare, Autodesk Mudbox 2009 is now shipping for the Mac. It looks like there will be 30-day demo version available next week. Read about here: http://area.autodesk.com/index.php/forums/viewthread/25575/. Not suprisingly, Pixologic (makers of Zbrush) erradicated the thread on their forums written by concerned Mac users about the lack of displacement map generation. ZB 3.5 is still lost in space, so mac users might want to join the Mudbox party at DashDotSlash.Net, where you can find lots of tutorial material from Wayne Robson (former ZB guru) on the new sculpting entry on the Mac, Mudbox: http://www.dashdotslash.net/.
The big news for sculptors at Macworld: Autodesk Mudbox 2009 is coming to the Mac! No details yet, but published in Architosh: “While some products were previously announced for the Mac today Autodesk is unveiling Mac OS X support for Autodesk Mudbox 2009, Autodesk Toxik 2009, and Autodesk ImageModeler 2009 for the first time.”
You can bet that I’ll be shelling out the dough for Mudbox when available and will try to get a Mac first-look here as shortly thereafter.
Now things get interesting!
From the press release. Expected ETA is February this year.
“Autodesk Mudbox 2009: A highly intuitive application for painting, texturing and re-touching 3D models. Mudbox software gives 3D modelers, artists and designers the freedom to create without worrying about the technical details. Breaking the mold of traditional 3D modeling applications, Mudbox 2009 provides an organic brush-based 3D modeling and texture painting experience that ignites the creative process. Mudbox 2009 for Mac OS X is expected to be available in English in February 2009. Autodesk suggested retail pricing for Mudbox 2009 is expected to be $745 USD*.”