Knald 1.1.0 Released!


Build Number: 20160124001 – January 31st, 2016


Knald 1.1.0 is a free update for all Knald 1.0 customers!

Since the initial 1.0 release of Knald we have been hard at work developing new features and adding improvements to Knald. The Beta has been underway for a while now and we think it’s about time we unleashed it into the wild!

What’s changed since Knald 1.0?


New Features, Improvements and Optimizations


  • Added our new next generation baker.
  • Significantly upgraded 3d preview with all new IBL & PBR support with Metal & Smoothness workflow.
  • Added ability to view Skybox, Color & Ambient backgrounds.
  • Added Exposure controls to the 3d preview.
  • Added Reinhard tonemapping to the 3d preview.
  • Added MSAA in the 3d preview.
  • Added free rotation to the 3d preview.
  • Added MatID support in the baker (MeshID) with user selectable colors or preset RGBCMY.
  • Added NGon support for imported meshes.
  • Increased the max number of HP meshes to 255.
  • Substantially improved the AA quality when baking AO.
  • Added support for custom FBX tangent space in the baker.
  • Added support for FBX vertex color baking.
  • Reorganised the Preferences tab.
  • Added an option in the preferences to show a warning message if Knald is exited before saving modified settings.
  • Increased online activation grace period from 7 to 30 days.
  • Added support for Cavity maps in The Baker.
  • Added support for Convexity maps in The Baker.
  • Added single a dual channel curvature maps to The Baker.
  • Added “P” hotkey for 3d preview viewport.
  • Added a new Lys style contrast slider to Concavity & Convexity.
  • Added a new settings/preferences management system
  • Added additional 3d preview controls to settings system.
  • Added low poly mesh refresh when mesh is modified externally. -You must hit bake for the changes to the mesh to appear in Knald.
  • Added next-generation DDS export including high performance support for BC6H/BC7/11_11_10 formats.
  • Added single channel image space curvature.
  • Added new 16xAA option for Material ID maps, with a toggle for Median AA.
  • Added new 16xAA option for Height maps, with a toggle for Median AA.
  • Added new Random and Max Euclidean palettes to Material ID.
  • Added the ability to scale the strength of normals post bake without seams via the Bumpscale slider (works on meshes without smoothing groups/hard edges).
  • Added new material presets to the 3d preview.
  • Added new default/fall back Knald Technologies folder in Documents.
  • Added Pow2 and Mul4 constraint support when manually editing baker size spin boxes.
  • Added support for copy/paste (CTRL+C/CTRL+V).
  • Added the ability to load/save Knald settings to a file (.ksf).
  • Fixed beta documentation link from the help menu.
  • Improved Anti-aliasing quality on tangent space normals.
  • Mesh processing improvements.
  • The Knald Demo now supports the full 1.1.0 feature set.
  • Updated to latest FBX standard.
  • Miscellaneous improvements and optimizations.


Bug fixes


  • Fix for issue where certain saved settings might not be persistent in some cases.
  • Fix for various modifier key sticking issues in 3d preview and settings cluster.
  • Fix for very large TIFF files (8k) not opening correctly in Photoshop.
  • Fixed a few minor GUI related issues.
  • Fixed an issue where some GUI element positions were not saved correctly in the configuration .ini.
  • Fixed an issue where under some circumstances baking -MeshAO in Integrator mode after using the baker caused a crash.
  • Fixed an issue where vertex colors were not rendered correctly for non-square textures.
  • Fixed some rare license authentication issues.
  • Fixed some small issues with the Curvature/Cavity and Convexity sliders.
  • Fixed issue where Copy/Paste breaks if you close the Copy/Paste popup.
  • Fixed an issue when loading non-HDR panoramas in the 3d Preview were displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Into tab’s red channel max value was displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Export Name didn’t update when loading multiple normals in integrator mode.
  • Fixed an issue where obj and fbx were sometimes rotated differently within the baker.
  • Fixed an issue where the group modified notification didn’t show correctly under some situations.
  • Fixed an issue where the last used load/export locations were not remembered correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the user could crash Knald by closing the bake progress pop-up and initiate a secondary bake before the initial bake had completed.
  • Fixed an issue where the Material ID export settings were showing up outside of the baker mode.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.