How to be a Valuable Beta Tester
Instabug has some great advice on how to give the best feedback as a beta tester and maximize your time.
Of course, you should know the product and what bugs have already been reported. However, this article also explains how to file a quality defect report and suggest changes to the user experience. If you are a private beta tester, you should always keep your beta test confidential.
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Chaos Group recently released a beta for V-Ray 5 for Houdini. Last month, Davinci Resolve released the new public beta on Monday. Previously we added information about Chaos Groups Project Lavina, V-Ray 5 for Maya, and Acid Pro 10. There is also an updated PFTrack beta from last month. We also went through our list to check any active betas and remove old ones. There are also some ongoing betas that you may want to check out.
Bookmark this page! We have updated it many times.
The beta software not only lets you try some software for free, but also helps developers find problems. In addition, user feedback helps developers steer the direction of their products.
To be clear, some of the betas here are public while others require you to have a current license.
Of course, we'll keep this page updated with the latest information on the public beta. If you hear something and we didn't list it, or if you know if a beta has ended, please email us and let us know.
Selected image source: Martin Bulla
What's new in this post?
- Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Houdini
- Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.3 Beta 2
- Redshift Closed Beta for Apple Metal
- Chaos Group V-Ray Project Lavina now available for download
- Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Maya
- U-Render 2020.6.4
- The Pixel Farm PFTrack (updated)
- Armada Pipeline (updated)
- INSYDIUM X particles
- Adobe Creative Cloud Betas
- Pilgway Studio 3Dcoat
- IK Multimedia SampleTank Editor
- Ceba's final tender for Maya
- Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta
Chaos Group V-Ray 5 for Houdini
In summary, they have redesigned the V-Ray Frame Buffer and optimized the user interface. Plus, they've updated the V-Ray materials library, lightpath expressions, and more!
Beta version: 5.00
Release date: September 15, 2020
Get the Beta Chaos Group V-Ray Next for Houdini
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio
This software update provides support for Blackmagic RAW 2.0 Beta on Windows, as well as general performance and stability improvements
Beta version: 16.3 Beta 3 update
Release date: August 10, 2020
Get the Beta Get Resolve Studio (Download!)
Redshift Closed Beta for Apple Metal
Redshift just announced a closed beta for users that will kick off as early as August 3, 2020. After that there will be an open beta. If you are interested, you must be approved to take part in this beta. Additionally, you MUST have an Apple developer account and have Big Sur Beta 3 or higher installed. In addition, you have to work on modern Apple hardware with a GPU from the "Navi" or "Vega" series.
Please visit the Redshift forums for more information (you'll need to log in to see the post).
Related: Burning Question: What Is Apple Metal? (Updated October 18, 2018)
Chaos Group V-Ray Project Lavina
With the brand new animation editor, now is the perfect time to join the Beta version of Project Lavina and explore your V-Ray scenes in fully ray-traced real-time.
Beta version: 1.0
Release date: July 9, 2020
Beta type: Available to V-Ray Next Render licensees
Download the Lavina project
Chaos Group V-Ray for Maya
Release date: June 10, 2020
Beta version: 5
Chaos Group has released the latest version of V-Ray for Maya for beta testing and needs your feedback. Oh, there are lots of great new features including LightMix, Layered Compositing and Extra Compositing Control, as well as a faster V-Ray proxy workflow.
Learn more V-Ray Next for Maya
Release date: June 23, 2020
Please note that previews have limitations, known issues, and are generally not ready for production. The main goal with previews is to give you early access to new features that are under development and to get your feedback.
Therefore the functions can still change a little and they are not always in their final state. There are limitations and known issues that we are still working on.
In general, preview release support isn't available, but we appreciate any feedback you give us. Documentation may still be missing or, at best, light. Language support other than English is most likely not ready yet.
If you are using a preview version, updates to newer preview versions will only be checked. There is no search for a newer stable version. So please keep this in mind when using a preview.
Learn more | Download
The Pixel Farm PFTrack
Beta version: constantly
BetaType: This beta is only available to customers with an active PFTrack maintenance subscription. Beta versions of software products are now automatically available to any account that has one or more entitlements with a currently active maintenance subscription. If you do not have authorization under the current maintenance, you will not be able to access the beta software.
Learn more about PFTrack
Armada Pipeline is a free, open source pipeline suite created by one artist for all artists. It has two packages in Alpha: Armada Launcher and Marina Docker. A third package, Atlantis Asset Manager, is still under development. The live stream video below is in Portuguese, but go to YouTube under Settings and select Automatically translate. It does a decent job of translating. Otherwise, there is a link below the video for more information on the Armada pipeline.
- Maya 2020
- Blender 2.83 (donation supported)
- Houdini 18.0.460
- Any cloud file streaming service
- PC and MacOS
- Python 3
- Adobe Creative Cloud (need help developing)
- Cinema 4D (Need help with best practices)
- Unit (asset roundtripping)
- Unreal (asset roundtripping)
- Substance painter
- Fabric designer
- Nuke (Need help with best practices?
- Linux (need help)
- USD (Need Help?)
Learn more | Register for the beta
Pilgway Studio 3Dcoat
3d-Coat has an ongoing beta for licensees.
Download: Latest BETA tab for more information
Adobe Creative Cloud Betas
If you're a Creative Cloud subscriber and want to check the ongoing betas, just open the Creative Cloud app. Beta apps are displayed in the left column menu at the bottom of the categories. It currently shows Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition, and Media Encoder.
Beta type: Open to Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers
How beta helps us make better products
IK Multimedia SampleTank Editor
Last but not least, the SampleTank is given a new power, as you can now import your own sounds with the new SampleTank Editor. This is a free sample import / programming tool that you can use to create your own new SampleTank 4 instruments and libraries. The SampleTank editor is available to registered users of any paid version of SampleTank 4 and can be downloaded from the IK Multimedia website.
Beta type: Publicity
Release date: Ongoing for owners
Register to download
"The Rhino.Inside.Revit brings the power of Rhino WIP and Grasshopper to the Autodesk Revit® environment." They also have tutorial videos at the link below.
Release date: September 9, 2020
Beta type: Public beta
Ceba's final tender for Maya
finalRender for Maya is one of the best integrated rendering systems for Maya with full support for Maya's Hypershade Editor and many of the native Maya shader nodes. It also offers one of the easiest and most efficient integrated rendering pipeline systems for Maya.
Beta version: finalRender for Maya 2018
Release date: May 2018 (apparently this is still in progress.)
Beta type: to open
cebas finalRender for 3ds max
finalRender is a photographer's dream
trueHybrid ™ technology – brings the performance of CPU and GPU together! finalRender for 3ds Max is the perfect choice for 3D artists and studios who want maximum image quality and photorealism without the brain meltdown setting up complex scenes for rendering! And no compromise.
Boomer Labs SuperBlob Beta
A super fast blob mesh replacement with loads of cool features. In addition, the latest build is planned for 3ds MAX 2018, 2019, 2020.
Beta version: 0.45A
Release date: June 29, 2019
Beta type: Initial release