Amazon makes AWS Thinkbox software available free
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 | Posted by Jim Thacker
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made its AWS Thinkbox software products – Deadline, Draft, Krakatoa, Frost, XMesh, Sequoia and Stoke – available for free.
Anyone with a free AWS account can download the software, with 50,000 one-year licences available for each. Users of Deadline and Krakatoa can also obtain Usage-Based Licensing (UBL) render time for free.
Product support will continue to be available to customers, including via its AWS Premium Support and AWS Thinkbox Support teams, as well as on community forums.
Rendering and render-management tools used by some of the world’s leading VFX houses
Amazon acquired what became the AWS Thinkbox products from Thinkbox Software in 2017.
Users of the software namechecked on the AWS Thinkbox website include well-known visual effects facilities including Framestore, Method Studios, Luma Pictures and Scanline VFX.
Free to download, with 50,000 licences avaialble for each product
All seven of the products are now free in some form: the only exception is Draft Pro, which continues to need a purchased licence.
Anyone with a free AWS account can access the AWS Thinkbox download page, and obtain 50,000 one-year floating licences for each product. New licence files can be downloaded at any time.
Deadline and Krakatoa users can also obtain hours of UBL (Usage-Based Licensing) – the software’s on-demand metered licensing scheme – for free, although in the case of Deadline, if you update to the latest version, Deadline 10.1.23.6, it does away with the need for licences entirely.
Older versions of the software remain available for pipeline compatibility, and AWS says that it will continue to provide support, including via its AWS Thinkbox Support and AWS Premium Support teams.
The latest AWS graphics tools to be made available free
The move makes the Thinkbox products the latest of AWS’s graphics tools to be made available for free, following the announcement that the Lumberyard game engine was to be superseded by Open 3D Engine.
AWS had already moved some way in this direction, making Deadline free on up to 10 render machines.
According to the blog post announcing the changes, “AWS is dedicated to supporting customers … and this initiative is the latest effort to deliver greater access and more value to artists and studios.”
Will the AWS Thinkbox tools continue to receive product updates?
AWS’s announcement makes no mention of whether AWS Thinkbox tools will continue to receive updates.
That’s particularly significant in the case of Deadline, which needs regular updates to support the latest versions of the DCC applications that studios run on render farms, like Maya and Houdini.
We’ve contacted AWS to ask if the products are still in active development, and will update if we hear back.
Licensing and system requirements
All of the AWS Thinkbox products are now available free to anyone with an AWS account. To register for one, you will need to enter credit card details, but you won’t actually be billed unless you use other AWS services.
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