Maxon has used the Siggraph 2013 animation conference in Anaheim, California to launch Cinema 4D R15. The latest version of the popular 3D modelling, animation and rendering software includes faster rendering, better bevelling, enhanced typography and improved sculpting tools.

New features in the application include the Team Render module (below), which gives control over all surplus processing power in a network. a new irradiance caching algorithm has been added for faster approximation of Global Illumination, as well as improved ambient occlusion.

For modelling, an all-new interactive beveling tool offers improved manipulation and control over object edges and curves – which Maxon says results in clean, efficient meshes such as that above.

Improved typographic, text editing and control capabilities have been added to the MoText function, and text splines are now available for editing directly in the 3D view.

Improved dynamic sculpting tools include advanced masking, mirroring and duplication options, as well as the new Amplify brush to interactively inflate and use new draw modes to sculpt lines and areas defined by lasso, polygonal drawing or a rectangle.

Other workflow improvements include a powerful texture management tool to control texture links, a new grass material (as seen below), and a Camera Crane rig to simulate real-life Jib crane shots.

Cinema 4D R15 is availabie for both Mac and Windows. Maxon says it will ship in September. The company hasn't said if it will add some or all of the new features to the Cinema 4D Lite, which ships with After Effects CC.