Eric Back aka WHiTeRaBBiT has posted an awsome update on the progress of his very ambitious Renderman integration with Blender 2.5 - RIBMosaic:
It’s a very thoroughly planned project as you can see by this old blog post, outlining the concept of the new version, and what was learned from the old Blender 2.49x Mosaic:
It’s one of the most ambitious and yet underappreciated projects for Blender IMHO, but rest assured this will make ripples when it’s released, it really changes everything for Blender as a production tool.
Althougjh the FS/OSS Renderman renderers like Aqsis and Pixie aren’t quite on the level of 3Delight, Pixar PRman or AIR, there’s promising developments on Aqsis, with “newcore” slowly taking shape.
Cool stuff ahead for Blender for sure, the new sculpting tools and ptex support by jwilkins and nicolas bishop will be a perfect match for a Reyes renderer!
Check out the post by Eric Back and look at the screenshots. He’ll make a few screencasts when the first semi-functioning release arrives (soon).