Autodesk has released Smoke on Mac 2012, the latest version of its creative finishing software for film, television and commercial postproduction, which offers a timeline-based, all-in-one creative solution for professional finishing on the Mac. The company also released a new version of its Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and digital painting software.

The 64-bit native Smoke toolset spans colour correction, compositing, 3D visual effects and stereoscopic 3D and features an efficient complementary workflow with Apple Final Cut Pro.

The 2012 release contains a redesigned 3D lighting system and also Flame FX, a comprehensive new set of creative and technical tools for common finishing tasks, featuring Damage, Deform, Edge Detect and Pixel Spread.

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Smoke's relighting tools in action

Mudbox combines an intuitive user interface with a powerful creative toolset of stencils and brushes for ultra-realistic 3D character modeling, engaging environments, and stylised props.

The new version, Mudbox 2012, delivers enhancements to the painting toolset, innovative new UV and topology-independent workflows, practical posing tools and improved large dataset handling. It offers round-trip data integration with products in the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites 2012, and offers enhanced compatibility with Adobe Photoshop

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Mudbox 2012 Paint Masks Blend Modes

Other 64-bit native Autodesk creative tools available on the Mac include Maya 2012– also released this week- and the Autodesk FBX interchange format. This allows you to bridge finishing and 3D creative workflows with exchange of cameras, geometry, animation and textures from Maya to Smoke.