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Computing News - SPRING 2017

  • Updated lab software: Blender, DIVA, Rhino Paneling Tools plugin, KeyShot, OcenAudio, Libre Office, Autdesk Fusion 360, 3ds Max, Maya
  • New lab software: Mental Ray for Maya, KeyShot Network Render, LosslessCut (for trimming video files without reencoding), Lumion DWG Bridge and Revit Bridge, Arnold renderer with plugins for 3ds Max, Cinema 4D and Maya, MasterSpec for Microsoft Word, Terragen, Quicktime Essentials.
  • New render farms: KeyShot (128-1024 nodes), Mental Ray for Maya (64 nodes), V-Ray for Rhino (32 nodes).

Find past news in the Computing News section.


  • For larger files, don’t work directly off a USB flash drive or network folder, as files may become corrupted. Copy them to the Student folder on the C drive of a lab computer and work on them there. When finished, copy them back to your USB key or network folder.
  • Make sure to keep backup copies of your files in two different locations. Keep one copy on your USB memory stick and a backup on your H drive or in cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.). Your media could go bad at any time, causing your files to be lost. Periodically save your project under a new file name, so that you can go back to an older version if your file becomes corrupted.
  • Find more tips under the Help & Problem Solving section.