updated 07:50 pm EDT, Tue August 10, 2004
form.Z 4.5 debuts
auto.des.sys today launched , a new version of the general purpose solid and surface modeler that is fully Mac OS X native. Expected to ship in September 2004, the new version offers an open architecture with a new public API (Application Program Interface) and a new Script Language, allowing third parties to develop and integrate specialized operations and applications. form.Z 4.5 also delivers OpenGL optimizations and new features, including SpaceBall 5000 (popular 3D motion controller), Doodle (imitate pencil drawings), cloning, new "Smooth Text", Unicode text, and other new tools (Frame, Star, Diagnostic and Healing, etc.).
"For over ten years form.Z has been a great 3D modeling tool on the Mac, especially for architectural work," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We are excited that form.Z is now a fully native Mac OS X application providing customers with a higher level user experience through improved performance, greater stability and the full interactivity of Apple's OpenGL implementation."
form.Z 4.5 marks the end of support for Mac OS 9, as this new version makes it fully Mac OS X native. It also supports Microsoft Windows 95SE, 98, 2000, ME, XP.