updated 12:45 am EDT, Fri April 7, 2006
Shade 8.5 for Intel Macs
e-frontier today announced that it has released an update to its 3D modeling and rendering software Shade 8 that will support Intel-based Macs and 64-bit Windows computers. Shade 8.5, a free update, also delivers export to QuickTime VR and better integration with Poser as well as other functions, such as bounding box display, background and sound catalog, and an improved interface. The company said that performance of Shade 8.5 is increased as much as 20 percent on Intel-based Macs. Other improvements include the ability to import and export sound 3D files, QuickTime VR export, a new Path Constraints Plug-in for easy linked motion, a new FogPlus plug-in for advanced fog effects, and free Shade content, including 690 piece Shade Content Collection No. 3 called "Cars and Transport". Shade 8.5 standard is $200, while the Professional version is $900; it is a free update to registered owners of v.8 and $100 for Shade 7 owners.