updated 04:20 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2007
Cinema 4D for engineers
Maxon today released Cinema 4D R10 Engineering Edition, which lets engineering professionals quickly create high-end visualizations using their own CAD files. This edition combines Cinema 4D R10 with a simplified interface, preset environments, materials and importers for a variety of CAD files as well as the sketch and Toon modules for creating precise line drawings or sketched looks. The company says that the user interface is optimized for the creation of CAD visualizations, allowing design engineers to quickly create images and animations.
The software also includes comprehensive libraries containing materials and environment scenes as well as both photorealistic rendering illustrated features--or a combination of the two. It includes a network renderer, based on standard TCP/IP protocols, for up to three workstations for rendering larger animations. This network renderer is based on the common TCP/IP technology and requires no administrative changes to an existing network.
The new Engineering Edition delivers reworked scene management for a better overview when working with larger, more complex projects. New interactive content-sensitive help system offers complete and concise information about each individual function from within Cinema 4D.
In addition, Maxon said that a powerful preview renderer renders quickly and in output quality, including reflections and transparencies. It allows the entire viewport or only selected areas to be rendered for efficiency. The update also offers "hundreds of additional new features," including improved OpenGL display, expanded animation functionalities, etc.
The software supports a wide-variety of standard file formats, such as Inventor, MilkShape 3D, Minolta Vivid 700, MOL Molecular Database, Pro/Engineer, Protein (Molecular) Database, Rhino-3D /OpenNURBS, StereoLithography STL, Wavefront OBJ, XGL, DWG, IGES, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, ACIS SAT, Granite "g-plugs", Parasolids, STEP, and VDA-FS. Additional purchase options allow Cinema 4D to also export polygonal files in these formats.