updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri May 1, 2009
Piranesi 5.1 coming in May
Informatix says it is preparing a new version of Piranesi, 5.1, for release later this month. The software handles 3D design and imaging for the sake of mockups, with a special focus on products and architecture. Completed renders can be made to resemble illustrations, in styles such as watercolor or impressionism.
Central to the v5.1 update are a number of new tools, such as an image cutout cursor, meant for more precise entourage positioning. Filled shapes and arbitrary shaped planes can now be drawn, and palettes can be saved and loaded, including from sources such as Photoshop. A related option is the ability to record paint strokes, which maintains a consistent look after changing viewing angles.
The software now also reads SketchUp 7 files, and FBX files from Autodesk's Revit. SketchUp support includes direct access to the Google 3D Warehouse library. Piranesi costs a minimum of $750 in a standard license; the v5.1 release will, however, mark Informatix's first simultaneous launch of both Mac and Windows editions. The former is a Universal Binary for Mac OS X 10.4.10.