updated 12:15 pm EST, Thu November 15, 2007
Swift 3D 5.0 coming to Mac
Electric Rain today announced a forthcoming update to its Swift 3D software that enables Adobe Flash designers to export to the Papervision3D format. Papervision3D is an open source 3D engine for Flash that leverages ActionScript 3.0 and the Flash 9 player to draw true 3D and allow for real-time user interaction. Swift 3D 5.0 is slated for release on the Mac platform in early December for $250, while upgrades from previous versions start at $80. Mac users who purchase Swift 3D 4.5 before the update are eligible for a free upgrade when the next release ships (system requirements were unavailable).
Papervision3D utilizes the XML-based COLLADA file format to define the geometry of the models, and that information is rendered live via the Papervision3D component within the Flash Player to make 3D content accessible to more than 93 percent of all Web viewers, according to Electric Rain.
"Swift 3D has always been the tool interactive designers turn to with their diverse needs," said Mike Soucie, CEO of Electric Rain. "By supporting the Papervision3D format we're helping designers stretch their creative limits even further and expand the ways in which 3D content can be deployed on the Web. Real-time 3D rendering in Flash has always been the dream, and we're very excited to finally enable our users to begin working with this cutting-edge Papervision3D technology."