Maxon has revealed details of its latest upgrade to its 3D painting application, BodyPaint 3D. The 3D maker has revealed it is to release BodyPaint 3D 3 - a new version of its UV editing application that the company says will include 16-bit and 32-bit image-manipulation capabilities, as well as UV LSCM Pelt mapping and other key advances. Improved features and integration with 3D applications Maya, 3DS Max, Softimage and LightWave are also touted.

Maxon says the addition of 16- and 32-bit depth painting means CG artists can create softer gradations with a palette that can hold a wide range of contrast detail. Maxon says it means BodyPaint 3 is also suited to working with HDRI files such as .HDR and .EXR in the context of a 3D scene.

Interface shot of Maxon BodyPaint 3D 3

Other features include LCSM mapping, with improved Relax UV algorithms interpreting the full-range of geometric object curvatures into UV maps that are ready to paint on, says Maxon. New tools, such as path selection, make it possible to select seams and refine a UV mesh more simply.

Version 3 also features direct Projection Painting exchange to Adobe Photoshop, says Maxon, with new tools that allow users to change the pixel aspect ratio and free the view at the desired resolution. Pricing is to be announced.

Digit will be carrying an exclusive review of BodyPaint 3D 3 in the next issue.