Developer Illuminate Labs has announced the release of Turtle, a new Maya lighting renderer that was in Beta testing at more than 200 sites during the last year.

Turtle 1.0 can render scenes both within Maya and as a stand-alone application. It features ray-tracing and global illumination algorithms called LiquidLight, 3D motion blur, true depth-of-field, animation and batch rendering, support for Maya shading networks and more.

Turtle supports Maya 6 on Windows, OS X and Linux and Maya 5 on Windows and Linux and costs $1,199 (around £660) per workstation license (with a GUI), and $999 (£550) per render node license (without a GUI).