AppleInsider reports that Apple allowed developer The Foundry, publisher of industry-standard 3D painting package, 3D digital painting tool MARI to put the new Mac Pro through its paces, however, they kept the tubular machine under wraps in a giant steel cabinet.
The Foundry this week announced that MARI, its industry-standard 3D painting package 3D digital painting tool used in films “Avatar” and “The Avengers,” is coming to the Mac. The developer, along with Oscar-winning animation studio Pixar, showed off MARI for OS X at WWDC this week, just 8 weeks after it began porting the software to the Mac.
The Foundry told AppleInsider of how its team worked with the new Mac Pro, in a room at Apple headquarters known as the “Evil Lab.” During the tests, the Mac Pro was concealed in a giant steel cabinet. “All we could see was the monitor, and the Mac Pro was encased in a giant metal filing cabinet on wheels,” said Jack Greasley of The Foundry.
“We were essentially doing a blind tasting of the machine,” said Jack Greasley, MARI product manager at The Foundry. “All we could see was the monitor, and the Mac Pro was encased in a giant metal filing cabinet on wheels. Experiencing the machine in this way was actually really cool, because I can tell you that the speed and power of this machine really stands up. Mari running on this machine out of the box is the fastest I have ever seen it run.”
To view a more in-depth look at The Foundry’s experiences with the Mac Pro, and how they ported MARI to the Mac and were able to get a working version of it running on the Mac in the space of a single week, visit AppleInsider.
A video of the WWDC demo of MARI is available on the Apple Developer website. Access to the video is freely available from Apple, and requires a free or paid developer account.