By DE Editors
Holomatix has announced the availability of SprayTrace for Maya on Windows OS "a configuration free, add-on tool providing real-time preview for the Maya MentalRay offline renderer. According to the company, SprayTrace provides users with real-time functionality that helps MentalRay users make informed decisions throughout the materials, texturing and lighting process.
After installing the SprayTrace plug-in, users open a MentalRay scene and click the SprayTrace icon. SprayTrace is then connected to the Maya session with any changes updating in the SprayTrace preview window immediately.
SprayTrace has no special graphics card requirements, instead utilizing CPU power to deliver its real-time preview window. Therefore, according to the company, even modest 3D workstations will enjoy great performance. The only other requirements are Windows 64-bit and Autodesk Maya (versions 8.5, 2008 to 2012 supported).
Another feature of SprayTrace is that when shaders are adjusted in Maya, only the pixels affected by that shader change are updated in SprayTrace. When a whole scene has been extensively developed in the SprayTrace preview window, a small change in the working space doesn’t necessitate the whole render starting again.
For more information, visit Holomatix.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.