Nvidia releases finished version of Gelato 2.1

In early August 2006, Nvidia released a beta version of its Gelato 2.1 final-frame rendering software. The release, Nvidia said, incorporated easier texture baking, ray-tracing speed improvements, and support for Maya 8 and 64-bit versions of Windows. Just over seven months have passed since, and Nvidia has now announced the finished version of Gelato 2.1. The software supports Maya 8.5 and 3ds Max 9.0, and it includes performance improvements for ray-tracing and ambient occlusion, better stereo rendering, and support for fog lights. Nvidia has also thrown in support for Joe Alter's Shave and Haircut hair and fur effects software. A complete list of new features is available in Nvidia's press release here.

Gelato 2.1 can be downloaded for free here, although users looking for more advanced rendering features and better scalability will want Gelato Pro 2.1, which costs $1,500. Nvidia says that both Gelato 2.1 and Gelato Pro 2.1 run on Windows XP and Linux, and that they require a GeForce 5200 or better graphics card.

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