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.


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


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.