The latest version of Deadline, Thinkbox Software’s high-volume data management solution for rendering or processing information, is now open to beta testers. Deadline 8 introduces on-demand metered licensing, which will work with both local and cloud-based farms alongside existing permanent and temporary licenses. Usage is tracked per minute, and can be purchased and managed round-the-clock via Thinkbox’s e-commerce portal.

Deadline 8 also adds a Proxy Server application that allows users to securely connect (SSL) to and interact with remote office and cloud-based render farms over public Internet without the need for a virtual private network (VPN). An updated user interface with enhanced interactivity improves the monitor experience, while the new sandboxed Python environment facilitates additional rendering and event stability.

For beta access, please contact beta@thinkboxsoftware.com.