Windows Shell Extension for Arion 3

Dear Arion customers,

I’ve developed a shell extension for Windows with which Windows Explorer displays the pre-generated thumbnails of Arion Materials (.rcm files).

Since this is a stand-alone component and is not bound to any particular product, we will include it in the setups of all the upcoming builds that we will release from now on.

The main benefit of this shell extension is that the ‘Load from .rcm…’ button present in all our products (Asa, Af3, AfR, …) will now display a preview of each material when the user is browsing directories, making it easier to locate what he/she needs.

Arion 3

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Arion for Rhinoceros v2.7.0.Beta2

Dear AfR customers,

AfR v2.7.0.Beta2 has been released.

Besides some other minor fixes, load of pre-v2.7.0 materials has been fixed, and the map/texture preview thumbnails works like in Af3 and Asa now.

The build is available in the Customer Area.

Thank you!

Discover Arion 3

Dear Arion customers,

As many of you have noticed already, this Monday we released the first Beta of Arion for 3ds Max v3.0.0 in the Customer Area. This release was accompanied by the opening of a new area in our site (Arion 3) linked from the home page.

Arion for 3ds Max v3.0.0 is the first of our products based on RCSDK 3.

We have been working in the shadow on the next-gen Arion for a long, long time, in parallel with the v2.7.0 releases that we have been publishing lately. Now that Arion for 3ds Max v3 is production-ready, and following our promise to keep an Open Beta program as we have been doing lately, we are letting all our existing (and new) owners of a license of Arion for 3ds Max download and try v3 during its final development stage.

We will unveil the most remarkable v3 features in the upcoming weeks, through the forum, blog, and the Arion 3 area. So I won’t get into any technical details now. I will describe, however, the rules that apply to the Open v3 Beta program. For more details, or to ask questions, please go to the customers forum.

Existing custom

1- The Open v3 Beta is freely available to all our existing customers of a FULL (not DEMO / not EDU) license of Arion for 3ds Max v2.x.

2- v3 Beta licenses will expire automatically the day that v3 is released.

3- Owners of v2 using a temporary Beta licese will have the chance to upgrade to v3 anytime, or just keep using v2 once the v3 Beta license expires.

New customers:

1- Starting today, every new customer of Arion for 3ds Max will be able to download v2.7.0 (final release) and v3.0.0 (Beta).

2- The v3 license for new customers, however, won’t expire. So new customers will be effectively purchasing Arion for 3ds Max v3.

Arion 3

This cute scene has been produced with Arion for 3ds Max v3.0.0. It makes use of some of the new and very exciting features in the next-gen Arion Core, which we will start unveiling very soon.

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Arion for Rhinoceros v2.7.0.Beta1

Dear AfR customers,

We have released the first Beta build of Arion for Rhinoceros v2.7.0. Fortunately, development in Rhinoceros 3D is generally a smooth task, so we expect to be able to deliver the final AfR v2.7.0 release soon.

For the moment, v2.7.0.Beta1 is already available to our customers in the Customer Area. The same rules we used for the Af3 Betas apply to AfR as well (read the forum for more details).


The main changes in AfR v2.7.0 have to do with the plug-in catching up with RCSDK v2.7.0. So, basically, this Beta is aligned with Arion for 3ds Max feature-wise. In particular:

– Multi-layered OpenEXR (or split PNG) output is available.
– BSDF Clamp is available.
– Some fixes have been made in Anti-Aliasing (gamma and Super-Sampling management in the native Rhinoceros framebuffer).
– v2.7.0 Warm-up, memory usage, speed, etc…
– v2.7.0 improvements in displacement mapping.

Some features of the IAD (real-time feedback for some edits in Arion content nodes) are disabled in the Beta build. So, as usual, feel free to use (or skip) the Beta depending on what features are critical to you.

Thank you very much!