Swedish developer Illuminate Labs announced on Wednesday the release of
Turtle, a new Maya lighting renderer that was in Beta testing at more than 200 sites during the previous 13 months. Turtle 1.0 can render scenes both within Maya and as a stand-alone application. It features raytracing and global illumination algorithms called LiquidLight, 3D motion blur, true depth-of-field, animation and batch rendering, support for Maya shading networks and more. Turtle requires Maya 6 and sells for US$1,199 per workstation license, which comes with a graphic user interface (GUI), and $999 per render node license, which lacks a GUI.