3D software-maker Maxon has released a free upgrade to its professional 3D tool Cinema 3D. The upgrade, which takes the package to version 9.52, includes a series of bug fixes, plus over a dozen optimized features and improvements, says Maxon.

The 9.52 update includes an easier-to-use Content Browser, expanded drag-&-drop functionality, and and improved menu structure. Maxon says the update adds a new shader -- the Cham Lum shader -- that illuminates the surface of objects with a soft, slightly fuzzy look. The company says the shader is ideal for rendering realistic skin. A Content Browser library containing shaders, light set-ups, and a series of other additions is also available for free download, says Maxon.