Redshift rendering tool lands on macOS with native Apple silicone support

Maxon has released a version of its Redshift rendering software for macOS, which allows 3D artists to use the application on Macs equipped with Apple Silicon.

Redshift is a biased 3D rendering tool used by digital artists and animators to create 3D scenes, images, and animations. While the tool has been available on Windows and Linux for quite some time, Maxon announced that it had brought the software to macOS on Tuesday.

The initial release includes native support for AppleM1, as well as the Metal Graphics API. It’s intended as a universal app, with support for Intel-based Macs coming soon with the launch of macOS Big Sur. 11.3.

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In addition to benefiting Mac-based artists who don’t need to switch to a different platform to use the renderer, the native support for M1’s integrated graphics is said to provide substantial improvements in workflow efficiency.

“When Redshift joined the Maxon family in 2019, extending support to our user community on the Mac platform was a top priority,” said Maxon CEO David McGavran. “We are delighted that creatives working in macOS environments can now take advantage of this powerful and flexible GPU-accelerated processor built to meet the specific demands of contemporary high-end production.”

As a GPU-biased renderer, the tool is used to render files created in many different applications, including Autodesk’s Maya and 3dsMax, SideFX’s Houdini, The Foundry Katana, Blender, and Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

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Redshift requires macOS Big Sur 11.0 or later Apple Silicon Macs and 11.3 for Mac with Intel processor.

Apart from the M1’s graphics, the software can support GPUs included in many Mac devices, as well as external eGPUs in Intel Mac, specifically “Navi” or “Vega” GPUs or later with 8GB of VRAM or more. The list of supported AMD GPUs includes:

Radeon Pro Vega 16/20 / 48/56 / 64Radeon Pro 5500M / 5600M / 5500XT / 5700 / 5700XTRadeon Pro Vega II / Vega II DuoRadeon Pro W5500X / W5700XRadeon Pro WX9100Radeon VIIRadeon RX 5500 / 5500XT / 5600XT / 5700 / 5700XT

Redshift costs $ 500 for a locked node license, $ 600 for a “floating” license or as part of a subscription license with Cinema 4D for $ 983.88 per year.

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