- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 25 June 2003
Mac3D: Pixar benchmarks early RenderMan for Mac OS X on G5, Interested in Feedback
At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference, Apple showed Pixar's RenderMan software running on industry leading speeds on Apple's new 64-bit Power Mac G5. Ed Catmull, Pixar's lead software engineer is shown discussing the performance of RenderMan on the G5 Promo Video which you can download and see here.
Pixar Press Release on G5
Pixar has a new press release which states a number of development details. It reads: "At Pixar, we have benchmarked RenderMan on the Power Mac G5 and are currently evaluating a full release of RenderMan products for this hardware."
At Architosh we have been gathering user interest in RenderMan for over two years and have substantial and helpful petition data to pass along to Pixar.
Here are the developer details at this point (from the press release):
- We have benchmarked PhotoRealistic RenderMan on Apple's new Power Mac G5 and have found the performance of the G5 to be impressive. We are considering a full release of our software for the G5, depending on customer demand and other issues.
- The Pixlet codec mentioned at WWDC is not a Pixar product. Inquiries should be directed to Apple.
- At this time we are measuring interest in Pixar's RenderMan Products for the Power Mac G5. If you are interested in RenderMan products for the Mac, please register your interest by emailing [email protected] and make sure the subject line reads: "RenderMan for Mac". Also include your contact information.
- The software would be released after an accompanying beta period, which would most likely begin in August. Our beta program is only available to active Pixar customers with current maintenance agreements. Current customers may indicate interest in participating in the beta testing by emailing [email protected] with contact info and the subject line, "RenderMan for Mac Beta Program".
We have made it easier for you to fill in your email by using these links below which auto-fill the subject lines correctly:
Interest: Purchasing RenderMan for Mac OS X
Interest: Beta Testing RenderMan for Mac OS X
About PhotoRealistic RenderMan
Leading digital effects houses and computer graphics specialists use Pixar's RenderMan because it is the highest quality render available anywhere and has been production tested through successful use in feature films for over ten years. Pixar's RenderMan is stable, fast, and efficient for handling complex surface appearances and images.
Pixar Animation Studios (Nasdaq: PIXR, www.pixar.com) combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation.
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