Double Negative, Framestore and BaseBlack have all added The Foundry’s MARI to their CG capabilities.

The 3D texture painting product was originally developed at Weta Digital for use on James Cameron’s film Avatar (pictured).

The advance orders have been placed despite the software still being in beta.

Double Negative chief executive Matt Holben said: “Development in the world of texture painting has been somewhat stilted in recent years, hence Weta’s development of MARI.  We are all facing increasing demands in terms of scale and detail as new formats become the norm. We have been employing [MARI] on production since alpha and are confident we are making the right move purchasing this software – even pre-release.”

The Foundry is due to release a Linux version of MARI this month. A Windows version will follow.