Release Date

April 20, 2020

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  • Update to Arnold

  • Add animation support for sequences of alembic files.

  • Support tokens for AOV output filenames. A series of tokens can be selected to define the output filenames (ex. Scene Name, Camera Name, etc.).

  • Save out USD. A scene can now be exported to a USD file from the Archive tab of the rendering options.

  • Increase the shaders' spinner accuracy, now using the system's Customize->Preferences...Spinners->Precision value.

  • Support MikkT tangent space for baking normals.

  • Bake normals using projection.

  • Show at least one of the maps baking without having to dig in a drop-down.

  • Faster shutdown after rendering massive instances.


  • Crash switching running Active Shade from Arnold to ART.

  • Batch Render: using multiple views and AOVs overwrites files. The problem can now be worked around by including the camera name token (see above) on the AOV output filename.

  • Incorrect buckets setting in ASinVP. Now obeying the bucket corners flag in the Active Shade options.

  • OSL internal headers now included by default, to support new OSL types.

  • Shape display mode corrupted for Alembic/Procedural/USD.

  • Incorrect shader ball with legacy maps.

  • Lights converted from Photometric to Arnold have incorrect targets.

  • Watermark showing when previewing materials.

  • Baking to texture crashes if Active Shade is open.


See the Arnold release notes for the full list of enhancements and fixes.

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