Chaos Group has released the latest version of their V-Ray rendering software for Maya. With this update, you can now toggle between Interactive and Production modes to optimize your workflow.
There are many new features in this release, including a new physically accurate subsurface scattering algorithm that improves on the previous approximation method by calculating an improved estimate of light absorption as well as an improved estimate of scattered light from refraction at the surface boundary.
The new Render Elements allow artists to gather information about render passes and create complex post-processing effects with ease. This is accomplished by using tags in order to separate different elements of a render and assigning them appropriate values such as color or luminosity so they can be accessed later when compositing.