Tue 11th Sep 2012 | News
PipelineFX releases Qube! 6.4 render farm management software upgrade with Smart Farming.
PipelineFX, makers of Qube!, the leading render farm management software for digital media creation, announced today the release of Qube! version 6.4. Along with new tools for smart farming, system supervisors can now access Qube! via their smartphones (MobileView), set priority limits for non-privileged users, and control how much of their workstation will be available to the render farm. All with what often amounts to a single click of their mouse.
"Scalability, stability, and simplicity have always been key drivers in the development of Qube!," said Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. "Qube! 6.4 breaks new ground in this space, and provides even more features and applications that will put more power into the hands of its operator.”
The promotion of intelligent render farm software affords farm supervisors the power to shape the destiny of their system. An addition like QBLocker, which enables artists to easily add their workstation to the render farm at the CPU core level, or reclaim their workstation when they need all of its resources, maximizes an organization’s rendering power by harnessing every available COU core hour. Qube! 6.4’s new priority limits also follow this line as they give administrators the ability to limit the amount of control an artist or student has around setting task priority. Unnecessary competition between artists and render wranglers is over.
Qube! MobileView (first released in July): access the render farm remotely with a free mobile app, or through a light-weight web server that creates mobile-enhanced web pages from any machine in the facility.
Reporting Functionality: will display the reasons why a job is pending, allowing for quick and easy troubleshooting.
New Administration Tools: GUI-based worker removal with a right mouse click; MySQL Check/Repair applied from inside the Qube! GUI; and “Studio Overrides” that let a system admin set up GUI preferences and defaults for the entire studio.
More Job Types: Qube 6.4 adds Dynamic Allocation for Nuke & Houdini, eliminating the need for multiple start-ups or excessive data transfer times; improved V-Ray support for DBR (Distributed Bucket Rendering); as well as enhanced render elements support, better logging, and more effective termination of 3ds Max jobs.
"We measure the value of Qube! by how well it addresses the needs of artists and studios,” added Lewis. “We feel confident when we say that there’s nothing ahead of Qube! 6.4 in render management, if you want more time to perfect your art or improve your bottom line.”
Qube! 6.4 can be downloaded immediately from the PipelineFX ftp site by customers currently on subscription.
Qube! is an intelligent, mature and highly scalable render management solution that can be quickly integrated into any production workflow, and is backed by world-class technical support. Smart Farming delivers intelligence to production pipelines by providing business-critical insight into render pipelines, maximizing investment in rendering infrastructure and automating manual processes. Qube! works out of the box with all leading content creation applications and is truly cross-platform with all software components available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems.