Have any of you had opportunity to use the new Alchemist beta they’re developing (won’t be sold by that name but you can see more here ), specifically within R19 or R20? Not exactly sure how or if parameters will be exposed any differently than prior workflows but probably we output a finished substance like any other, and in C4D the parameters are no different from the existing workflow. Although maybe that changes in future versions of the pipeline plugin / widget.
Looking forward to this app though; it looks like a sort of hybrid between Photoshop and Dimension in terms of the UI, but providing means to create substances while exerting a fairly high degree of control. Not merely a preset machine with sliders for changing a few variables. Seems like it’s intended as alternative to parts of Designer and B2M. Which would be smart if Adobe and others are starting to build tools that might one day be considered go-to methods of generating seamless materials from photos or illustrations.