Betas: Pomfort Silverstack Lab Beta added
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 suggesting usability changes. If you’re a private beta tester, you should always keep your beta testing confidential too.
Updated with new information 21 December 2020
This Betas page has been super busy! There are a few new beta announcements that we thought you might want to know about right away: DaVinci Resolve 17.1 Beta 8 and Fusion Studio 17.1 Beta 8.
Last week Redshift public beta for Apple Metal and Blender, and the new Chaos Vantage, while not technically a beta anymore, get it for free. In addition, there’s a new beta for V-Ray 5 for Revit.
Previously we’ve added information about 3D Coat, U-Render, and other ongoing betas In addition, we’ve gone through our list to verify betas that are still active. There are also some ongoing betas that you may be interested in checking out.
Bookmark this page! We updated it often.
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.
To be clear, some of the betas here are public while others require that you have a current license.
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.
Featured image credit: Kyaw Tun
What’s new/updated in this post?
- Pomfort Silverstack Lab 7.3 Beta
- Divergent Media Scopebox
- DaVinci Resolve Studio & Fusion Studio v7.1 Public Beta 8
- Redshift public beta for Apple Metal and Blender
- McNeel Rhino WIP
- Adobe Betas for M1 Macs
- NVIDIA Omniverse
- Autokroma BRAW
- Chaos Group V-Ray for Revit
- iToo Forest Pack 7
- Pilgway Studio 3Dcoat 4.9
- Chaos Group
- V-Ray 5 for Revit
- Vantage (formerly Project Lavina)
- AXYZ Design anima Pro (updated)
- U-Render 2020.6.4
- The Pixel Farm PFBucket (updated)
- Armada Pipeline
- INSYDIUM X-Particles
- IK Multimedia SampleTank Editor
- Cebas finalrender for Maya
- Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta
Pomfort Silverstack Lab 7.3 Beta
This beta of Silverstack Lab allows users to directly upload clips to connected cloud platforms. Try it now and get a chance to kick the tires, so to speak. The beta will continue to be available until the official release.
- Direct Dailies Upload
- Connect to Dailies in the Cloud
- Upload your Clips directly from Silverstack Lab to
- ARRI Webgate
Current version: 7.3
Last update: February 19, 2021
Read more and download the beta.
Divergent Media ScopeBox And EditReady
Current version: 4.1b2
Last Update: February 19, 2021
Details: Divergent Media released both apps in public beta while they collect feedback and wait for 3rd party partners to finalize M1 support for their components. If you are running Apple Silicon based hardware, please download the trials and give them a try. As always, reach them with your feedback on our support page.
ScopeBox 4.1b2 known issues:
- no NDI input support
- no AJA iput support
- ScopeLink output only works in 3rd party hosts running in Rosetta 2
Current customers with an active serial will be able to run the app. We may push updates to the beta form time to time via in app autoupgrade. Please make sure that and crash reporting are activated in your preferences.
There are no known issues related to M1 support in EditReady 2.7b1
Current customers with an 2.x serial will be able to run the app. We may push updates to the beta form time to time over in app autoupgrade.
McNeel Rhino WIP
Current version: Rhino 7 WIP v0.0.7688.36802
Last update: 01/18/2021
Note: To try the Rhino 7 WIP beta, you must have a Rhino 6 commercial/educational license key.
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio
This software update adds universal app support for Macs running Apple M1 processors and is compatible with Mac OS Big Sur. DaVinci Resolve Studio 17.1 Beta 8 adds support on Apple Silicon platforms for importing and exporting AAF timelines, encoding Panasonic AVC formats, and decoding and encoding Sony formats including Sony RAW. This version requires a DaVinci Resolve Studio license dongle or software activation code.
Important information regarding database management
DaVinci Resolve 17.0 requires a database upgrade from DaVinci Resolve 16.2.7 and previous versions. We strongly recommend that you back up your existing database (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) before performing an upgrade.
Beta version: 17.1 Beta 8 Update
Release Date: 5 February 2021
Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio
This software update adds universal app support for Macs running Apple M1 processors and is compatible with Mac OS Big Sur on Apple Silicon platforms. This version requires a Fusion Studio license dongle or software activation code.
Beta version: 17.1 Beta 8 Update
Release Date: 5 February 2021
Redshift Open Beta for Apple Metal and Blender
If you’re interested, you must be approved to join this beta. In addition, you MUST have an Apple developer account and have Big Sur beta 3 or higher installed. Not only that, but you will also need to be running on modern Apple hardware with a “Navi” or “Vega” series GPU.
Version number: 3.0.36
Release Date: 23 January 2021
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
New: Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition for Apple M1 Systems
New builds with M1 support are available as of Monday, 21 December 2020.
Beta version: Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, Audition
Release Date: 21 December 2020
According to the NVIDIA website, “NVIDIA Omniverse™ is an open platform built for virtual collaboration and real-time photorealistic simulation. Complex creator, designer, and engineering visual workflows are transformed as users and teams connect design tools, assets, and projects for collaborative iteration in a virtual world.”
Beta version: Open Beta
Release Date: 15 December 2020
Vantage (formerly Project Lavina)
Vantage has been released so it’s technically no longer in Beta, however, it’s free until June 2021.
Release Date: 3 December 2020
Beta Type: Available to V-Ray Next Render Licensees
V-Ray 5 for Revit
To put it simply, find out how we’ve reinvented rendering in Revit. Make use of V-Ray Vision’s high-quality real-time, then refine your projects with Light Mix and post-processing.
Beta Version: 5.00
Release date: 3 December 2020
Beta Version: v2.3.0 beta 5
Release Date: December 25, 2020
Pilgway Studio 3DCoat
To put it simply, 3dCoat has an ongoing beta for license holders.
Beta Version: 4.9.68/4.9.69
See a sneak peek of the UI changes from 28 September 2020.
Release date: 6 July 2020
Please be aware that preview versions come with limitations, known issues, and are generally not ready for production use. The main goal with preview versions is to give you early access to new features that are in development and to gather your feedback.
So features might still change a bit and they are not always in their final state. There are limitations and known issues that we are still working on.
Generally, there is no support available for preview versions but we appreciate any feedback you give us. Documentation might still be missing or will be light at best. Language support other than for English is most likely not ready yet.
When you use a preview version, it will only check for updates of newer preview versions. It will not check for a newer stable version. So, please keep that in mind when using a preview.
The Pixel Farm PFBucket
PFBucket is the Pixel Farm’s “entitlement management system, empowering customers with a flexible toolset to deploy entitlement tokens to operator workstations, whilst managing permissions and privileges to access our embedded user support with ease, and downloading software installers.”
Beta version: 20.01.14 beta
Type: This beta is available for customers with an active PFTrack maintenance subscription only. Beta versions of software products are now automatically available to any account that holds one or more entitlements with a currently active maintenance subscription. If you do not have an entitlement under current maintenance it is not possible to access beta software.
Armada Pipeline is a free and open-source pipeline suite made by an artist for all artists. It has two packages in Alpha: Armada Launcher and Marina Docker. A third package, Atlantis Asset Manager, is still in development. The live stream video below is in Portuguese but go under settings on YouTube and choose Auto-Translate. It does a decent job of translating. Otherwise, below the video is a link for more information on the Armada Pipeline.
- Maya 2020
- Blender 2.83 (Donation supported)
- Houdini 18.0.460
- Any cloud file streaming service
- PC and macOS
- Python 3
- Adobe Creative Cloud (Need help with development)
- Cinema 4D (Need help with best practices)
- Unity (asset round-tripping)
- Unreal (asset round-tripping)
- Substance Painter
- Substance Designer
- Nuke (Need help with best practices
- Linux (Need help)
- USD (Need help?)
IK Multimedia SampleTank Editor
Last but not least, a new power is brought to SampleTank as you can now bring in your own sounds with the new SampleTank Editor. This is a free sample import/programming tool that can be used to create your own new SampleTank 4 Instruments and Libraries. The SampleTank Editor is available to registered users of any paid version of SampleTank 4 and can be downloaded from the IK Multimedia website.
Beta Type: Public
Release Date: Ongoing for owners
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
iToo Forest Pack 7
Description: Forest Pack 7 Beta 1 adds a host of new features to make 3ds Max’s leading scattering plugin even more powerful, pushing it beyond traditional scattering workflows to do things that, until now, simply weren’t possible.
Beta Version: Forest Pack 7 Beta 1
Release Date: 16 November 2020
Note: Users with floating licenses will need to update their license server to use Forest Pack 7.
AXYZ Design anima Pro
Current version: 4.1.0 Final Release
Updated: 25 January 2021
Description: anima pro is a tool to add people and crowds with facial gestures to your CG scenes. This beta includes anima, metropoly, Unreal Engine 4 plugin, and the Cinema 4D R23 plugin.
Note: You need an active Anima Maintenance Plan in PRO mode to run this beta.
Description: From the press release: NVIDIA Omniverse is a powerful, multi-GPU, real-time simulation and collaboration platform for 3D production pipelines based on Pixar’s Universal Scene Description and NVIDIA RTX™.
Description: A physics-based character animation software. It’s free for early adopters.
Last update: 12/22/2020
Beta version: 2020.3b
Learn more (you have to register for an account)
Description: EBSynth lets you paint major keys and then creates the in-betweens. In addition, it’s a free beta, even for commercial work.
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