Cinema 4D R25 - September 14, 2021

  • Updated

For an in-depth look at the new features in Cinema 4D R25, check out:
Rocket Lasso's What's New in Cinema 4D R25 video

New features and enhancements

User Interface Enhancements

  • New modern scheme and updated icons
  • New layouts
  • Updated attribute layouts for easier and more intuitive access to key attributes
  • Document Tabs - easily switch between open documents
  • Layout Tabs - easily switch between layouts for different tasks
  • New Layouts Switch - easily revert to old Cinema 4D layouts
  • Window size and position maintained while switching layouts (ctrl to recall stored position)
  • Fix Column and Fix Row options maintain the size of layout elements while resizing window / adapting to new resolutions
  • Dynamic Palettes - icon palettes dynamically change based on document mode, active tool or active object type
  • Shortcut sets in Command Manager
  • Virtual Sliders on Numeric Attributes
  • Numeric Attributes increment based on cursor position
  • Option to expose any tag with the Object attributes
  • New Coordinate Manager with Auto-Apply and Reset Transform
  • Non-modal Color Chooser popup
  • Snap and Soft Selection toolbar popups
  • Variable size thumbnails in Material Manager
  • Improved display of selected element in dropdowns
  • New 3-point Viewport Lighting
  • HDR/EDR Viewport

Asset Browser

Preset System

  • Store presets within the Asset Browser, will category, keywords, smart search, previews and more
  • Define multiple presets for any object, tag, tool or other Attribute Manager element
  • Specify a default preset to be applied whenever the item is created
  • Partial presets allow specific / selected attributes to be stored as presets
  • Easily choose between stored presets or a specific Attribute Manager element
  • Define presets for any Import / Export format
  • Custom preset types for specific Cinema 4D content:
    • Render Settings
    • Viewport Filter*
    • Timeline Filter
    • Color Chooser Swatches, BodyPaint 3D Swatches & Brushes, Sculpt Brushes*
    • Sketch & Toon*
    • Icon Presets*
    • User Data Interfaces
    • Takes
    • Bevels*
    • Gradients*
    • Spline UI*
    • Sky
  • Automatic creation of preview images for many preset types (marked above with an asterisk)

General Asset Browser Improvements

  • Place any asset within an icon palette for easy access
  • Place Favorites or any Smart Search within an icon palette for easy access
  • Popup mini-browser can be moved, or pinned open to add multiple assets
  • Simple Mode provides easy access with minimal UI to specific categories or searches
  • Option to Convert Legacy lib4d Content Browser libraries
  • Improved Drag & Drop (object manager hierarchy, material manager, polygon selection, material links)

Improved Spline Import

  • Import Adobe Illustrator / PDF files
    • Imports stroke and fill information
    • Imports stroke/fill color with support for multiple color spaces and gradient fills
    • Imports vector symbols embedded within artwork
  • Import SVG Files
  • Generate extrusions and sweeps to represent filled and stroked paths
  • Offset paths parametrically based on layer and path order
  • Update Illustrator files dynamically while keeping settings


  • Use Capsule assets created in Cinema 4D's new Scene Node core within Classic Cinema 4D
    • Primitives
    • Object Groups
    • Geometry Modeling and Selection Modifiers
  • Tap into the power of Scene Nodes to add unique functionality within an Object Group or Geometry Modifier Group

Scene Nodes / Scene Manager


  • Spline Primitives - 
    • 4-side
    • Arc
    • Circle
    • Circular Arrow
    • Cissoid
    • Cycloid
    • Flower
    • Formula
    • Helix
    • Linear Arrow
    • n-side
    • Profile
    • Rectangle
    • Segment
    • Star
    • Text
  • Scene Nodes Spline Core -
    • Create Bezier splines with tangents
    • Create B-Splines
    • Create splines with Nurbs weighting
  • Attach weight, color and other attributes to spline points
  • Interpolate position and spline point attributes along spline
  • Tesselate Splines with Adaptive, Subdivided, Natural or Uniform point distribution
  • Output the length of a spline
  • Line To Mesh Generator - Extrude, Loft, Lathe, Sweep operations

Data Integration

  • Import Data Node - CSV data import
  • Get Member Node - get array from container by name/index
  • Get Member Info Node - output an array of members within a container
  • Sort Collection - sort all arrays of an array collection based on one array within the collection
  • Command-line argument - parse a command-line argument as an input for Scene Nodes
  • Data Assets
    • Bar Graph
    • Global Pins
    • Utilities
      • Hex to RGB
      • Geoposition to Equirectangular
      • Geoposition to Sphere
      • DMS to Geoposition
      • Angle to DMS
      • Flightpath Spline

Nodes and Node Assets

  • Surface Blue Noise Distribution
  • Surface-Scaled Blue Noise Distribution
  • Calculate Curvature
  • Create Normals
  • Geometry Axis / Orientation / Resize
  • Jitter / Jitter along Normal
  • Smooth Geometry
  • Transform Element
  • Modulo Selection
  • Select All
  • Select by Weight
  • To / From Barycentric
  • Pivot Transform

Node Editor Enhancements

  • Improved modeling selection workflow with selection string parser
  • Error highlighting, Info Area callout and improved Console error reporting
  • Updated Modeling Selection Workflow with Selection Parser
  • Store cached geometry within nodes

Redshift Integration

  • Updated Redshift Lights User Interface
  • Convert standard lights to Redshift Lights

Known issues

  • Cinema 4D R25 will break plugin compatibility with the C++ API, and in some Python plugins.
  • The Content Browser has been deprecated and removed. A new menu option in the Asset Browser allows users to choose a lib4d and convert to assets.
  • There are three notes to know about Spline Import:
    • SVG files from Inkscape currently will not load
    • Layers >1 level deep are only supported when Illustrator files are saved without compression
    • Path Names are not imported

R25 Lite

R25 Lite includes new layouts but no other features. It is also not compatible with Maxon App. When Lite is launched from within Adobe After Effects, you should open the C4D license manager window.


Recommended FAQs

R25 - before updating - plugin compatibility and things to consider

New Layouts: Cinema 4D R25; Hot Corners, Managers and New Icon Placement

New Layouts: Cinema 4D R25; Dynamic Palettes

Tools renamed in Cinema 4D R25. In case you can't find them under their new name.

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