Prime Focus Software Issues Call for Beta Testers for Krakatoa 1.6

June 27, 2010 11:44 pm

Tags: Krakatoa, Prime Focus, SIGGRAPH

file_452973.jpgPrime Focus Software Issues Call for Beta Testers for Krakatoa 1.6

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (June 22, 2010) - Prime Focus Software, the R&D arm of Prime Focus, is seeking visual effects companies and individuals to participate in the Beta Testing program for Krakatoa 1.6. The software toolset is Prime Focus' production-proven volumetric particle rendering, manipulation and management toolkit that creates believable natural phenomena like dust, smoke, silt, ocean surface foam, plasma and even solid objects. Beta testers will get a sneak-peek at Krakatoa 1.6, which will be loaded with a host of new features and performance enhancements. This is an open beta program, so you don't have to be a current client to join.

Krakatoa 1.6 will be unveiled at the SIGGRAPH annual conference, to be held in Los Angeles, Calif. from July 27-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center at the Prime Focus booth #74 7. The actual release of Krakatoa 1.6 is scheduled for late August.

This new update will include the following:

  • Overall improved performance, as all aspects of particle rendering are now multi-threaded, making this the fastest version of Krakatoa yet!
  • The addition of a dedicated Shadow Generator, compatible with other Autodesk 3ds Max renderers including Default Scanline, V-Ray and Brazil.
  • Added support for dedicated Render Elements that utilize the Autodesk 3ds Max Render Elements management system.
  • New operators and workflow improvements introduced for Magma, Krakatoa's particle channel editor.
  • Optimized navigation and performance of the user interface based on direct user feedback.

To learn more and to join the Krakatoa 1.6 Beta Program, please contact:

About Prime Focus Software

Prime Focus Software is a division of Prime Focus, a global visual entertainment services group providing creative and technical services to the film, broadcast, commercials, gaming, internet and media industries. Prime Focus Software, formerly known as Frantic Films Software, has a reputation for creating innovative custom-built R&D solutions and quality software products, including its popular Deadline Render Farm Management System, the Awake stereoscopic plug-ins for eyeon Fusion, and its high-performance volumetric particle renderer Krakatoa. Prime Focus Software pushes the envelope of conventional thought and applies real science to create tools and technology that truly open a whole new world of possibilities for VFX professionals. For more information, visit

About Prime Focus

Prime Focus is a global Visual Entertainment Services group that provides creative and technical services to the film, broadcast, commercials, gaming, internet and media industries.

The group offers a genuine end-to-end solution from pre-production to final delivery - including previsualisation, equipment hire, visual effects, video and audio post-production, digital intermediate, digital asset management and distribution.

Prime Focus employs more than 1200 people with state-of-the-art facilities throughout the key markets of North America, the UK and India. Using its 'worldsourcing' business model, Prime Focus provides a network that combines global cost advantages, resources and talent pool with strong relationships and a deep understanding of the local markets.

Prime Focus is a public stock company with shares traded in the Mumbai and National Stock exchanges in India (Symbol - PRIMEFOCUS). Prime Focus also owns and operates Prime Focus London plc (Symbol - PFO), which is publicly traded in the LSE's AIM market. For more information, please visit

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