Some eye candy to start your week: our friend and ArtDock collaborator Alex Cheparev has just posted a video demonstrating the performance of the 3d applications Autodesk Maya 2015, Autodesk Mudbox 2015 and Pixologic Zbrush 4r6 on a top of the line Surface Pro 3 with i7 processor, 8GB ram, 256gb ssd, and Intel HD 5000 video card.


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My frustrating "will it run or won't it" investigation into Autodesk's Mudbox has hit another stumbling block.

In the broadest sense of the word, the 2015 version of the software will run and sculpting tools seem to work well.

Unfortunately, one of the most important capabilities of Mudbox is texture painting and there appears to be a crippling bug in the paint brush that makes it useless for this purpose.

Reader and ArtDock collaborator Alex Cheparev first alerted me to the issue which he spotted on his Surface Pro 2 and Wacom Cintiq Companion (see his video below). I've confirmed the issue on both generations of the Suface Pro and the Thinkpad Yoga. 

Using Paintbrush in Mudbox 2015 on Surface Pro 2 appears to be broken. Projection Brush works fine, only the Paintbrush seems broken.

According to Cheparev, he reported the bug to Autodesk who responded that "it's a known bug with the new Intel HD Drivers and they are working with Intel on fixing it in a future release of the drivers. Problem is, they recommended using driver version, but it is nowhere to be found. Intel has removed it from their servers and I can't find it anywhere else...The oldest driver I found on Intel's website also exhibits the same behavior with the paintbrush."

Another bug that Alex didn't illustrate in his video relates to painting in mirror mode. The mirrored side receives 100% of the color applied, but the original side appears to be stuck in Lighten mode.

Although the paint is applied on the right side of the head, it only displays properly on the left side. This issue is repeated regardless of the mirror axis.

Although the paint is applied on the right side of the head, it only displays properly on the left side. This issue is repeated regardless of the mirror axis.

So despite the allure of multi-touch gestures, I'll be putting further testing with Mudbox on hold (at least until the next display driver update from Intel).

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When Autodesk unveiled demo videos for Mudbox 2015 earlier this week, it was unclear whether the software's new multi-touch capabilities would be compatible with the Surface Pro.

The company originally introduced Intel HD graphics 4000 compatibility in the 2014 extension (2014.5) available only to subscribers, but for some reason, gestures refused to work on the Surface Pro.

I reached out to Autodesk support who were unable to confirm that the compatibility issue had been resolved in this latest version. But thanks to a resourceful reader, I was provided a link to the 2015 trial version so that I could test the program myself.

Because a picture is worth a thousand words and video is worth at least ten thousand, see for yourself how well the program runs on the "lowly" first gen Surface Pro with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage.

Mudbox 2015 runs just as well or better on the Surface Pro 2. The only slight hiccup I experienced was when I first installed the program on the Surface Pro seen above. That pc didn't have the Wacom feel driver installed and the pen refused to work although touch did. Once I installed the feel drivers and rebooted, everything worked smoothly.

ZBrush is the king of the hill of sculpting apps, but its crowded UI make it very difficult to use on the Surface Pro. With its relatively uncluttered interface and new interactive capabilities, Mudbox 2015 definitely leaps to the head of the Windows 8 tablet pack.

Autodesk's 2015 offerings are scheduled to be released in mid-April. I'll update this post as soon as trial downloads become publicly available.

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