NVIDIA Gelato Pro v2.2 Available Free

28 May, 2008

GPU-powered rendering software is designed for 3D design, animation, and postproduction communities.

NVIDIA today announced its NVIDIA Gelato Pro v2.2 rendering software, the company's GPU-accelerated rendering software, is available as a no-cost download. Designed for rendering of 3D digital content and design, Gelato Pro software now replaces the basic version of Gelato software, which was previously available directly from NVIDIA.

"NVIDIA Gelato Pro v2.2 software is extremely powerful GPU-accelerated rendering software, and we are excited to support the creative community by making it freely available," said Dominick Spina, senior product manager, Digital Film Group, NVIDIA. "Now all artists and designers with NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards can enhance their production pipelines with Gelato Pro — without a licensing fee."

Gelato Pro v2.2 will be the final version of NVIDIA Gelato rendering software. Moving forward, the NVIDIA Gelato and mental images rendering teams will focus on the development of mental ray software, reinforcing NVIDIA's investment in, and commitment to, accelerated rendering.

Gelato software is a GPU-accelerated, final-frame renderer for the creation of high-quality computer-generated images using NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards. Originally developed to render film and broadcast visual effects and animation, Gelato software can be used with 3D software applications that require advanced rendering such as game development, CAD, industrial design, and architecture.

Features of Gelato Pro v2.2 software, which until now required payment of a license fee to access, reportedly include the Sorbetto interactive relighting engine, network parallel rendering, multi-threading, 64-bit support, and DSO shadeops. Gelato Pro also supports Joe Alter's Shave and a Haircut software for computer-generated hair and fur effects and includes support for Autodesk Maya v8.5 and 3ds Max v9, offering improved stereo rendering, fog lights, and significant performance improvements.

NVIDIA Gelato Pro v2.2 software supports Windows XP and Linux operating systems and runs on any NVIDIA Quadro graphics solution. As a freely downloadable product, NVIDIA will no longer be developing or supporting the Gelato software products. Gelato Pro v2.2. can be downloaded free from the NVIDIA web site.