Mirye Software (http://www.mirye.net/) and E Frontier have announced the forthcoming Shade 13, a 3D modeling, rendering and animation solution for Mac OS X and Windows. Participants in the Shade X program can gain access to the pre-release version. Shade 13 will ship in early summer.

Qualified customers can get pre-release access through the Shade X program. Three new features include advanced irradiance caching, real time gamma correction, and a physical sky model that mimics sunlight effects based on real world locations. Additional features will be revealed in forthcoming Shade Live Seminars and on the Shade X sneak peek.

The current version of Shade is Shade 12. Anyone who purchased Shade 12 after April 6, 2012, will automatically receive a free upgrade to Shade 13 when it’s released.

Shade is available in three versions: Basic, Standard and Professional. Shade Basic is US$99 and provides a modeling and rendering tool set. It’s available through the Mirye Software store and the Mac App Store. Shade Standard and Professional are available directly through Mirye Software and through reseller partners, and cost $349 and $749, respectively.

Each version provides higher resolution and enhanced rendering options (even Shade Basic includes Radiosity), as well as additional features for workflow integration with other products. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available.