Synthe FX has announced DashRender 1.1, a Dashboard widget for rendering Autodesk Maya scene files on Mac OS X.

The new version of the widget adds email message alerts, along with a complete Cocoa rewrite of the software's core functions. The developers to claim "major performance gains" as a result of these changes.

The widget is designed to be easy to use and to help users initiate and track rendering operations using Maya. Users just need to drag a scene file to the widget and click render in order to begin an operation.

The software applies a user's previously set settings and paths in order to conduct its rendering operations, users can also set ad-hoc rendering options, such as render size, start and end frames.

The software is available now online and costs $15 until 15 March.