At Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, The Foundry has announced that its Mari 3D painting software will be coming to the Mac later this year.

The news coincides with Apple's launch of a radically redesigned Mac Pro, due later this year.

The Foundry describes Mari as "the most fluid and natural way to paint in 3D". The applicstion allowing artists to paint directly onto 3D models and is capable of handling very-high-resolution textures and models with millions of polygons.

Mari was developed at Weta Digital, before The Foundry took over development of the application in April 2010 and released Mari 1.0 in July that year. It was the primary 3D paint tool used on 9 of the 10 features shortlisted in the VFX category at the 2013 Oscars, including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers and Prometheus.

The Foundry launched version 2 of Mari for Windows and Linux in March, which features a new artist-focussed layer system – which also makes the software more accessible to users of tools such as Photoshop.

"Bringing Mari to the Mac is without a doubt our most requested innovation,” say Bill Collis, The Foundry’s CEO. “Mari will take full advantage of Apple's current hardware and we can't wait for the next generation Mac Pro."

Mari costs from £1,210 plus VAT.