Maxon has announced .5 upgrades to Cinema 4D and BodyPaint, and launched a bundle aimed at 3D studios. The Cinema 4D Release 9.5 upgrade primarily aims at lighting, rendering and workflow, while BodyPaint 3D 2.5 focusses on workflow.
Cinema 4D Release 9.5 features a simplified lighting set-up, according to Maxon, and lights can be given any shape. Area lights and shadows render up to four times faster than in version 9, says the company. Output frames can be in HDRI or OpenEXR format with 32-bit per channel colour depth, and multipass renderings can be output as compositing files for Shake.