Today, Pixologic announced ZBrush 4R7 at the first ever ZBrush Summit and with it the news that the 64-bit version will come with "KeyShot for ZBrush" directly integrated inside ZBrush allowing users to quickly visualize their models as they work. Pixologic has provided a discussion board with details on the announcement. Here is what "KeyShot for ZBrush" will bring ZBrush users.
ZBrush is one of the most versatile among stand-alone freeform modeling applications. It enables users to sculpt, texture and paint in a highly-customizable workspace. The flexibility of the award-winning software has made it the tool of choice for wide range of 3D artists ranging from concept design and illustration to toy manufacturing, product design, jewelry design and motion graphics. The 4R7 updates brings 64-bit power and box modeling, making the integration of the KeyShot Bridge into the existing pipelines even more powerful for those looking to create high-quality renderings of their final models.
KeyShot for ZBrush
The "KeyShot for ZBrush" package, the MSRP of $349 will be lowered to $249 for an introductory pricing period when ZBrush 4R7 is released. If you already have KeyShot, the KeyShot Bridge option is coming later and will require a user to already have Keyshot 5 installed on their machine. Full Q&A below the beta images shown during reveal at the Summit.
The KeyShot Bridge announcement was met with an as-expected enthusiastic response at the 2014 ZBrush Summit presentation on Friday:
Is "KeyShot for ZBrush" a full version of KeyShot?
Yes, this special edition has all of KeyShot's features but is designed to work exclusively with the "ZBrush to KeyShot" bridge. This edition has all KeyShot HD features limited only to the import to ZBrush data.
How does it work?
"KeyShot for ZBrush" is activated from inside ZBrush when an artist is ready to set lighting and materials for their creation. As a separate program, ZBrush users can continue to work within ZBrush refining their idea, then send updates over to KeyShot to see their all updates immediately. The integration allows for any number of SubTools and complete support of MatCaps while retaining all texturing and PolyPainting.
Where do I get it?
"KeyShot for ZBrush" will be available with the 64-bit beta release of ZBrush 4.7. This version will be a free upgrade for all ZBrush users and include integrated support for KeyShot for a limited time with option to purchase "KeyShot for ZBrush" for USD $249 (list price $349). For those who have already purchased KeyShot, the ZBrush plugin will be available for USD $99 (list price $199). ZBrush user may upgrade to ZBrush 4.7 after release through the ZBrush download center. For more information on ZBrush 4.7, please visit pixologic.com. For information on features inside KeyShot, visit www.keyshot.com/features/.
Can I see it?
KeyShot for ZBrush will be shown in the Luxion booth at SIGGRAPH 2014 with 3D Artist Jerod Bogh present and demoing how the KeyShot bridge works. Update - See shots from SIGGRAPH and the KeyShot bridge in action here.
Image: Andy Jones