The Foundry has released the first point-0 upgrade to its Nuke compositing software since acquiring the tool from original developer D2 Software, iteslf an offshoot of post house Digital Domain.

Nuke 5 features a brand new user interface, the addition of Python for scripting, support for stereoscopic workflow, and with the ability to read, process and write over 1,000 channels per stream, it now features the industry's broadest support for EXR images, according to The Foundry.

Since taking on the development of Nuke, The Foundry says its goal has been to remain true to the original concept of developing a comprehensive compositing solution that is 'designed by artists for artists'. With user requirements as the driver, the company says that it has concentrated on enriching and refining the product, building on its already strong foundations and focussing development efforts on areas that required renovation.

The Foundry has reworked Nuke's UI aiming to improve the user experience and make it more approachable for a broader range of artists. In addition to augmenting the existing floating window layouts with a flexible panes and panels system, Nuke 5 features per-node mask inputs, and expanded LUT support for file I/O colourspace conversion.

Nuke 5 is available on Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms for £1,750 plus VAT. Render nodes cost £125 plus VAT, with annual maintenance and support contract prices at £500 plus VAT per GUI license. Nuke 5 is available for existing customers with valid maintenance at no extra cost.