Each plugin integration is now packaged together with the full Maxwell toolkit which includes:
Maxwell Production Engine
FIRE (interactive preview engine)
Real camera model
So you have everything you need all together in the same install.
HOW DOES THIS NEW LICENSING MODEL WORK WHEN UPGRADING FROM V3?
When you upgrade to Maxwell 4 from a previous version, you select the integration for the 3D platform that you use (or you can select Studio if you don't use the plugin workflows). For multiple seats you can choose a different integration for each seat that you upgrade.
CAN I STILL USE MAXWELL STUDIO?
Maxwell Studio is sold separately, so if you use the Studio workflow then you just need to buy Maxwell | Studio. It comes with the complete Maxwell toolkit (as listed above), plugins are not included.
DO I NEED FLOATING OR NODE-LOCKED LICENSES?
With Maxwell 4 you can choose node-locked or floating license types. BOTH license types support rendernodes and network rendering.
Node-locked licenses are locked to the computer where the license is installed and cannot be shared on different machines. Maxwell 4 node-locked licenses allow you to install on your work PC and also another copy on your laptop/home computer.
Pros: Node-locked licenses are very simple and easy to install and require no further management.
Cons: Node-locked licenses need to be installed manually on each machine and cannot be shared across a network.
Floating licenses can be shared across a local network which means that they can be called up and used on any machine where Maxwell is installed (via a license server application).
Pros: floating licenses offer maximum flexibility and control to manage licenses across local networks with multiple users and/or render farms.
Cons: An RLM license server application is required (free to install) to manage your floating licenses. Potentially more complex to install and manage (depending on your network set-up).
As a rule of thumb, if you have a small studio with only a handful of computers, node-locked licenses are simpler to set-up and use. If you have many machines, where installing individual licenses becomes impractical or you have different users at different times, then a floating license set-up is advantageous.
WHY IS THERE A PRICE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FLOATING AND NODE-LOCKED?
Floating licenses occasionally require more technical support from us to help you set-up or manage, and the system also requires more work from our development team. This is reflected in the price. If you only need node-locked licensing then you pay less.
WHAT ABOUT THE POST PRODUCTION PLUGINS?
The post production plugins (Photoshop, Nuke, After Effects) continue to be offered as free plugins, available for download at any time from the customer portal.
We hope this helps explain the changes with Maxwell 4.
Our aim is to provide simplicity, so that you can focus on artistic side of your work.