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By Ricardo Eloy

What's New in Chaos Vantage 2, update 3

Chaos Vantage 2's latest update, version 2.3, brings several exciting enhancements to its feature set, further improving the user experience and expanding the creative possibilities for designers and visualizers. Here are the key highlights from the update:

Firstly, a highly anticipated feature now included is the support for blend or layered materials. This addition allows users to create more complex and nuanced material effects within their scenes. For instance, users can simulate environmental effects on surfaces, such as skid marks on roads or the subtle sheen of puddles on asphalt, by layering different materials with varying properties.

Another significant enhancement is the introduction of the MultiMat render element. This tool is particularly useful for post-production work, as it enables the creation of masks for different parts of the scene. This can greatly streamline the compositing process, allowing for more precise adjustments and effects in post-production workflows.

To improve the usability of the software, a new view filter for light gizmos has been added. This feature helps declutter the scene by hiding light gizmos, making it easier for users to interact with their models and scenes without being obstructed by unnecessary visual elements. The visibility of these gizmos can be toggled on and off with a simple keyboard shortcut, ensuring that they are available when needed but out of the way when they are not.

Recognizing the need for efficiency in multitasking environments, the update also introduces a setting to improve desktop responsiveness. This setting allows Vantage to run more smoothly alongside other applications, albeit at a slight cost to its own performance. This is particularly beneficial for users who need to use other software simultaneously without significant system slowdowns.

Through practical demonstrations, such as the application of blend materials to create realistic road textures complete with skid marks and puddles, the launch video (below) showcases the power and versatility of these new features. These enhancements not only augment the realism that can be achieved within Vantage but also provide users with greater control and flexibility in their creative endeavors.

Chaos Vantage 2, update 3, underscores the commitment to evolving the software in response to user feedback and the ever-growing needs of the visualization and design community. Whether it's through improving material complexity, streamlining post-production workflows, or enhancing overall software usability, this update is poised to enrich the user experience significantly.
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Chaos Vantage 2's latest update, version 2.3, brings several exciting enhancements to its feature set, further improving the user experience and expanding the creative possibilities for designers and visualizers.

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CGarchitect Editor/3D Specialist at Chaos

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