NVIDIA today announced the release of NVIDIA® Gelato® 2.1 high- quality, GPU-accelerated rendering software, which now includes support for Joe Alter’s Shave and a Haircut software for computer-generated hair and fur effects. Other enhancements in this newest release of Gelato include support for Autodesk® Maya® 8.5 and 3ds Max® 9.0, improved stereo rendering, fog lights, and significant performance improvements. Gelato Pro 2.1, priced at $ 1500, offers advanced rendering features and greater scalability for professional production pipelines. Gelato 2.1 and Gelato Pro 2.1 currently support the Windows XP and Linux operating systems and run on NVIDIA GeForce 5200 or higher graphics, or any NVIDIA Quadro solution.

NVIDIA today announced the release of NVIDIA® Gelato® 2.1 high- quality, GPU-accelerated
rendering software, which now includes support for Joe Alter’s Shave and a
Haircut software for computer-generated hair and fur effects. Other enhancements
in this newest release of Gelato include support for Autodesk® Maya® 8.5 and 3ds
Max® 9.0, improved stereo rendering, fog lights, and significant performance
improvements.

“Gelato is extremely powerful rendering software capable of delivering amazing
results,” said Joe Alter, CEO Joe Alter, Inc. “Now, with support for Shave and a
Haircut, Maya users can easily add Gelato to their rendering pipelines to
achieve extremely realistic hair and fur-Gelato is a potent rendering solution
for Maya/Shave users.”

Gelato 2.1 is available as a free download at
www.nvidia.com/gelato. Gelato Pro
2.1, priced at $ 1500, offers advanced rendering features and greater scalability
for professional production pipelines. Volume pricing and educational discounts
on Gelato Pro 2.1 are also available.

Gelato is final-frame rendering software for the creation of high-quality
computer-generated images that is accelerated by the NVIDIA Quadro® FX and
NVIDIA GeForce® graphics hardware. Originally developed to render film and
broadcast visual effects and animation, Gelato is well-suited for any 3D
software application that requires high-quality rendering such as animation,
game development, CAD, industrial design, and architecture. Gelato ships with
plug-ins for Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max.

New Features in Gelato 2.1

* Significantly faster raytracing and ambient occlusion
* Improved stereo rendering features new off-axis and parallel projection modes
and a better anaglyph (red/blue) display in the image viewer
* Mango(TM) plug-in for Autodesk Maya improvements:

o Shave and a Haircut 4 support
o Maya 8.5 support
o 64-bit Maya support (currently Linux only, Windows 64-bit coming soon)
o Easy multi-pass rendering
o Full support for Maya texture bake sets
o Fog lights: volumetric effects for spotlight cones

* Improvements to Frantic Films’ Amaretto(TM) for Autodesk 3ds Max plug-in
include:

o 3ds Max 9 support
o Sorbetto(TM) relighting functionality now available for 3ds Max

* Improvements in Gelato Pro Sorbetto relighting technology:

o Interactive adjustment of camera parameters, including depth-of-field and
stereo controls
o Dynamic shadows

Gelato 2.1 and Gelato Pro 2.1 currently support the Windows XP and Linux
operating systems and run on NVIDIA GeForce 5200 or higher graphics, or any
NVIDIA Quadro solution. Gelato Pro is certified and supported only on NVIDIA
Quadro solutions. For more information about the features of Shave and a
Haircut, visit www.joealter.com