Betas: Big Updates! Resolve 17 PB 2, iToo Forest Pack 7
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 information17 November 2020
There are a lot of new betas and several that are new products so we don’t have them at Toolfarm. New betas for DaVinci Resolve, iToo Forest Pack 7, Redshift public beta for Apple Metal and Blender, and V-Ray 5 for Sketchup Are available.
Previously we’ve added information about Chaos Group’s Project Lavina, 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.
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Beta software not only lets you try some software for free but it 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 in this post?
- DaVinci Resolve 17 Public Beta 2
- iToo Forest Pack 7
- Redshift public beta for Apple Metal and Blender
- Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for SketchUp
- AXYZ Design anima Pro
- McNeel Rhino WIP
- NVIDIA Omniverse
- Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D
- Pilgway Studio 3Dcoat
- Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Houdini
- Chaos Group V-Ray Project Lavina
- Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Maya
- U-Render 2020.6.4
- The Pixel Farm PFTrack (updated)
- Armada Pipeline (updated)
- INSYDIUM X-Particles
- Adobe Creative Cloud Betas
- IK Multimedia SampleTank Editor
- Cebas finalrender for Maya
- Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio
This software update adds a number of improvements including more reliable installation from network drive on Windows systems, better loading with black grades on non-English locale systems, and more accurate color picker behavior for color warper. For Fusion, there are also improvements with optical flow tracking, pasting nodes when in dual screen, corner positioning, rendering shapes, and temporal noise reduction. DaVinci Resolve Studio 17.0 public beta 2 also includes more than 50 general performance and stability improvements. This version requires a DaVinci Resolve Studio license dongle or software activation code. Please submit all feedback and bug reports via the public beta feedback forum on the Blackmagic Design website
Beta version: 17 Beta 2 Update
Release Date: 19 November 2020
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.
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: 3.0.33
Release Date: 13 November 2020
Learn more on the Redshift forums
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Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for SketchUp
Description: Enjoy a live, real-time visualization of your model, while you work in SketchUp. The beta is now running so join today.
AXYZ Design anima Pro
Current version: 4.1.0 RC3
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.
McNeel Rhino WIP
Current version: Rhino 7 WIP
Note: To try the Rhino 7 WIP beta, you must have a Rhino 6 commercial/educational license key.
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.
Description: EBSynth lets you paint major keys and then creates the in-betweens. In addition, it’s a free beta, even for commercial work.
Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D Beta
Enjoy this V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D Beta teaser video. Then, be one of the first to try it out! This is the first V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D version developed by Chaos Group. In fact, they built it on and shaped it based on customer feedback.
Beta Version: 5.00
Release date: 29 September 2020
Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Houdini
To summarize, they’ve redesigned the V-Ray Frame Buffer and Streamlined the UI. In addition, they’ve updated the V-Ray Material Library, Light Path Expressions, and much more!
Beta Version: 5.00
Release date: 15 September 2020
Pilgway Studio 3DCoat
3d-Coat has an ongoing beta for license holders.
See a sneak peek of the UI changes from 28 September 2020.
Chaos Group V-Ray Project Lavina
With its all-new animation editor, now’s the perfect time to take part in the Project Lavina, beta, and explore your V-Ray scenes in fully ray-traced real-time.
Beta Version: 1.0
Release Date: 9 July 2020
Beta Type: Available to V-Ray Next Render Licensees
Release date: 10 June 2020
Beta version: 5
Chaos Group has unleashed the latest version of V-Ray for Maya for beta testing and they need your feedback. Oh, there’s a lot of great new features, including LightMix, Layered Compositing, and Extra Compositing Control, and faster V-Ray proxy workflow.
Release date: 23 June 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.
Beta Version: ongoing
BetaType: 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?)
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
Here’s what’s coming to the After Effects beta.
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
“The Rhino.Inside.Revit brings the power of Rhino WIP and Grasshopper to the Autodesk Revit® environment.” They have tutorial videos at the link below, too.
Release Date: 9 September 2020
Beta Type: Public Beta
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
finalRender is a photographer’s dream come true
trueHybrid™ technology – bringing the power of CPU and GPU together! finalRender for 3ds Max is the perfect choice for 3d artists and studios alike wanting the maximum in image quality and photo-realism, without experiencing a brain melt when setting up complex scenes for rendering! And no compromises.
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
Posted by Michele Yamazaki