Pixar Animation has released a new iteration of its Oscar-winning RenderMan rendering software that is bridged with The Foundry’s KATANA asset-based look development and lighting toolset. Developed with The Foundry as part of a collaboration announced at SIGGRAPH last year, RenderMan is available to all KATANA users who can now take advantage of support for advanced features in RenderMan Pro Server 18 — including path tracing, geometric area lights, enhancements for interactive re-rendering and a sophisticated shader suite that can be used with both programs. Additionally, Pixar’s image tool ‘it’ is included as an alternative viewer for KATANA.
RenderMan for KATANA is available as a free plugin for KATANA users on Linux and is compatible with RenderMan Pro Server 18 and KATANA versions 1.5 and 1.6. Continuing dot release upgrades and support for new versions of Server is also available; visit pixar.com for more information.