Current/Updated Betas: Jawset Reactions, Adobe betas…

Current Public Betas Toolfarm

What’s a beta?

Beta software not only lets you try some software for free but also helps developers find problems. In addition, feedback from users helps developers steer the direction of their products.

Of course, we’ll keep this page updated with current public beta information. If you hear about something and we don’t have it listed, or if you know if a beta has ended, please drop us an email and let us know.

To be clear, some of the betas here are public while others require that you have a current license.

Updated with new information 7 January 2021

Because of the holidays, there have not been a lot of new betas available but we’ve heard about new ones that we’ve added below.

Bookmark this page! We updated it often.

What’s new/updated in this post?

New and updated

  • Jawset Reactions
  • NVIDIA Omniverse – Update
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Betas – Update

Ongoing betas

  • Digital Anarchy Flicker Free for Resolve, PowerSearch for Premiere Pro
  • Assimilate Live VFX
  • Autocroma AutoCodecs
  • SketchUp for iPad
  • Cinema Grade for M1
  • Pilgway Studio 3DCoat 2021
  • Datasmith for Form•Z
  • Cebas finalrender for Maya
  • Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta

How to be a valuable beta tester

Instabug has some great advice on how to give the best feedback and maximize your time while being a beta tester.

Obviously, you should know the product and what bugs have already been reported, but the article also touches on how to submit a quality bug report and suggests usability changes. If you’re a private beta tester, you should always keep your beta testing confidential too.

Featured image credit: Kyaw Tun

Jawset Reactions

The Description: Reactions is a toolkit for physically-based animation built for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics artists and technical directors. It is the evolution of TurbulenceFD that advances versatility, performance, and workflows. Reactions include tools for volumes (like fire, smoke, or clouds), particles, and procedural SDFs. But it allows for substantial extensibility of its framework that also handles polygon meshes and curves. Both built-in and user-created extensions use GPU and CPU hardware.

Reactions includes ready-made, dynamic assets and allows artists to create their own to re-use and compartmentalize their work.

Host: A Standalone app, and a plugin for Cinema 4D R20-R25
Beta type: Public Beta.

Note: New purchases of TurbulenceFD licenses include a free upgrade to Reactions.

NVIDIA Omniverse

NVIDIA Omniverse is no longer in beta but I’m sharing it here because it was officially released but is still available for free for individuals.

Adobe Creative Cloud Betas

If you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber and want to check out the ongoing betas, just open the Creative Cloud app. On the left column menu, at the bottom of Categories, you’ll see Beta apps. Currently, you’ll see Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition, and Media Encoder.

Beta type: Open for Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers

Release Date: ongoing

New in the After Effects Beta

The December 2021 release adds a New Properties Panel in After Effects, as well as an Extended Viewport for working in Draft 3D.

Photoshop on Web

This was new from Adobe in the October 2021 release.”Adobe extends Photoshop to the web for sharing, reviewing, and light editing of Photoshop cloud documents (.psdc). Collaborators can open and view your work in the browser, provide feedback, and make basic edits without downloading the app.”

To launch Photoshop on Web, you must have an active Adobe Creative Cloud account.

New Adobe Creative Cloud betas popup often. Find the Betas in the Creative Cloud application under Beta apps.

Adobe Betas

Adobe Creative Cloud

How Beta is Helping Us Build Better Products
Introducing Public Beta

Digital Anarchy

There are several betas running concurrently at Digital Anarchy. Help them out by testing these products.

Flicker Free 2.1.2 Beta for Resolve/OFX

The Flicker Free 2.0 BETA is finally here for Resolve! This is a fully enabled demo of the plugin for Resolve and other OpenFX host apps.

This may not be fully compatible with all OpenFX hosts apps at this time. It’s been tested and should work with Resolve. Please try the demo in other host apps before purchasing.

Version number: 2.1.2
Beta type: Public Beta

PowerSearch BETA! for Premiere Pro CC 2020 & 2021

PowerSearch 2.1 is included free with Transcriptive Rough Cutter. Your Transcriptive Rough Cutter serial number will activate it. You’ll need the PowerSearch.

Contact cs@digitalanarchy.com to report bugs.

Beta type: Public Beta, requires Transcriptive Rough Cutter serial number.

Assimilate Live VFX

  • Mac & Windows
  • Greenscreen & LED Walls workflows
  • Camera tracking and calibration
  • Dynamic metadata workflow to VFX Post

Autocroma AfterCodecsV2 (Exporter for Adobe Premiere Pro, Media Encoder, and After Effects)

AfterCodecs Exporter plugin suite for Adobe CC (After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Media Encoder) features “new codecs, new containers, new metadata, and new workflow options. Some codecs are faster or provide better quality. There are already some articles to help you with export with AfterCodecs on our website if you need more information”

SketchUp for iPad

SketchUp for iPad (Beta) has arrived! This combination of SketchUp and iPad gives you the ability to design on-site, on the go, and even on the couch. You can now join the beta group to test out new features and give your feedback.

Cinema Grade for M1

Cinema Grade explains, “We have achieved full native compatibility on M1 for Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve.  For Final Cut Pro X a workaround is required to work on M1 while we wait for an update from Apple for Final Cut Pro X before we can finish adding full native support.”

Pilgway Studio 3DCoat

To put it simply, 3dCoat has an ongoing beta for license holders.

Beta Version: 3DCoat-2021.03
Date: 13 July 2021

Datasmith Plugin for form·Z for Use in UE4 & Twinmotion

The Datasmith Plugin for form·Z lets you convert your 3D model for use in Unreal Engine 4 and Twinmotion. This is a beta, or “technology preview” so use it as you would beta software.

Requires: form•Z pro, form•Z jr, or form•Z Student Edition v9.0.6 or later.
Current version: v1.0.1
Released: February 1, 2021

Cebas finalrender for Maya

finalRender for Maya is one of the best-integrated rendering systems for Maya with full support for Maya’s Hypershade Editor and many of the native Maya shader nodes. It also offers one of the easiest and most efficient integrated rendering pipeline systems for Maya.

Beta Version: finalRender for Maya 2018
Release Date: May 2018 (apparently, this one is still going on.)
Beta Type: Open

Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta

A super-fast blob mesh replacement with lots of cool features. Furthermore, the latest build is for 3ds MAX 2018, 2019, 2020.

Beta Version: 0.45A
Release Date: 29 June 2019
Beta type: Initial Public Release

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki