Allegorithmic has released a new version of its non-linear texture and material processing software, Substance Designer 2, and the first scaled-down version of the software, Substance Designer 2 Lite.

Available for the first time on Mac OS X, Substance Designer 2’s new vector paint, layering and cache systems improves both creative and performance capabilities so 3D artists can instantaneously create millions of dynamic textures in an interactive and collaborative process, says Dr. Sébastien Deguy, founder and CEO of Allegorithmic.

Substance Designer 2 is a material processing solution that brings smart texturing to the heart of 3D creation pipelines. It’s designed to help any artist transform all kinds of image resources, from classic bitmaps to exclusive procedural elements, into real-time dynamic and highly flexible textures and filters, says Deguy. New features in Substance Designer 2 include:

° Vector Paint allows users to paint dynamic masks on all channels (diffuse, spec, normal, etc.) of a full material, all at once.

° The Material Layering System encapsulates intricate node graphs, which helps users create complex materials (diffuse, normal, specular, etc.) in a visual fashion.              

° A cache system that increases over all performance speed by an estimated 25%.

Meanwhile, Substance Designer 2 Lite has been specifically designed to provide texture creators the essential inner characteristics of Substance Designer 2 at a more affordable price point.  The Lite version focuses only on the essential 3D texturing features such as node-based interface, parametric texturing and eliminates the advanced features like complex mathematical functions definition, FXMaps creation and modifications, multi-project management.

Substance Designer 2 is available now on both the Mac OS X and PC platforms as an interchangeable license for a retail price of US$990. The Lite version is priced at $350 per user and is a free upgrade for Substance Designer license holders. For more information or to request for academic purposes, go to the Allegorithmic website (