Spiral Graphics Inc. has released Genetica 4.0, the new version of its seamless texture, animation, and HDRI environment map editor. The new version, which is available for Windows XP and above, is being offered at a 40% discount until May 31.
Significant new capabilities added in Genetica 4.0 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.