Foundry launches Katana 3.1 with powerful new updates

Ongoing innovation and development of Katana offers increased speed and efficiency, improved Alembic I/O performance and greater scalability across industries and studio sizes

Katana 3.1

Leading creative software developer, Foundry, is today announcing the latest updates to its flagship look development and lighting tool, Katana.

Continuing the rapid innovation and progress of the tool, Katana 3.1 incorporates a range of exciting updates that will enable artists to achieve even more complex and creative results faster. This latest update brings advancements that further enable studios to remain competitive in an industry with challenging schedules and ambitious client goals. Features continue to place artists and users at the core with valuable time-saving results that enable production to be achieved at scale. 

The ongoing developments cement Katana’s position as the premier look development and lighting solution for visual effects (VFX) and animation studios of all sizes.

Mahsa Ghorbankarimi, CG supervisor at Spin VFX, commented: “I've worked with different software over the years and I can easily say that Katana is my number one, favorite software for lighting and rendering.”

Key features of this release include:

The launch of Katana 3.1 coincides with the product’s seventh anniversary, taking place throughout November. During this time Foundry has made Katana the industry standard, providing studios with the scalability needed to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects.

Jordan Thistlewood, Group Product Manager at Foundry commented: “Katana has been and continues to be a labor of love for us. It’s fitting that we release Katana 3.1 in the same month seven years after the release of Katana 1.0. We’re thrilled with the performance improvements and UX updates in this release as they will have a strong impact for the artists that use the software daily. The update to 3DelightNSI is super exciting with both performance and artist-focused improvements. The only thing more exciting is our ongoing plans for Katana in 2019.”

Katana 3.1 is available for purchase on Foundry’s website and via approved vendors.

For more information visit the Katana page on Foundry’s website.