Spiral Graphics Inc. has announced Genetica 4.0, a new version of its texture, animation, and HDRI environment map editor. The new version, anticipated for release in the first quarter of 2013, can be preordered for a 40% discount.
The key features of this new version are a streamlined new way of editing graphics based on tweaking options in an intuitive interface. The existing node-based approach is still there for power users, but is no longer a necessity for performing common operations.
A new filter system making it easy to for artists to add effects to existing photos and images.
The ability to procedurally generate textures for UV-mapped models, including impressive new operations such as texture synthesis onto the surface of a model.
The introduction of scripting, allowing savvy artists to extend Genetica’s abilities in intriguing new ways.
A host of new drawing tools including a pressure-sensitive brush, freehand drawing, image trace, and the ability to import vectors from other illustration packages.
A dozen new nodes, adding abilities such as smart blurs, tilt shift effects, selective focus, and more.
A beta of the new version is expected in early 2013, with the final release slated for the first quarter. Genetica 4.0 will be available for Windows XP and above. A public announcement of Genetica 4.0 was posted to Spiral Graphics’ website. The company has also announced a 40% discount for Genetica 4.0 preorders, available both for new licenses as well as upgrades.
Genetica is actually a node-based graphics application that allows artists to non-destructively build textures and effects. It has been used on countless projects ranging from computer games, to television programs, to architectural projects.
With Genetica artists can generate procedural images by stringing together different types of nodes. They can create seamless textures directly from photographic sources, and generate effect maps such as height and specular maps. HDRI lighting environments and cube maps can be created for realistic reflections and looping animated textures such as burning fire or rippling water.
Genetica is available in Basic, Pro, and Studio editions.