Continuing its aggressive upgrade march, Maxon has updated Cinema 4D XL to version 7.1. The free update (see link below) offers new features and improvements, says the company. Headlining the update is the addition of Smells Like Almonds 2.5, which includes six 3D shading engines that let users create complex and realistic surface effects such as volume-rendered woods. Also new is the addition of export facilities to Macromedia Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio. The move lets Cinema 4D XL users create 3D content that can be viewed and interacted with on the Web. Maxon is also touting improved Mac OS X compatibility in the release. Other improved include better bones performance, SDK additions, and minor bug fixes says Maxon. The 16MB download is free for registered users.