Autodesk has launched Autodesk Toxik 2008, the latest version of its desktop software for feature film procedural compositing.

For the first time with the 2008 release, Toxik is available as a stand-alone product on both the Windows and Linux operating systems. Previously the software worked only in a client/server set-up.

The new version offers greater interoperability with Maya, including support for Maya render layers, cameras, locators, axis and world space information. This allows users to add live-action elements or 3D post techniques like depth-of-field and motion blur.

Toxik 2008 supports HDRI images, giving users a greater dynamic range of exposures than traditional digital imaging techniques, accurately representing a wide range of intensity levels, ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows.

Other new tools include Bicubic Warping for manipulating image distortion and perspective to create photorealistic composites, and a versioning tool allowing users to manage multiple iterations and outputs with support for multi-channel open EXR import.

Autodesk says that Toxik 2008 for Windows and Linux will be available in the autumn of 2007 for $3,485 (£1,885) in the US. UK pricing has yet to be announced.