updated 11:45 pm EDT, Wed July 1, 2009
Swift 3D 6 standalone
Electric Rain has released Swift 3D 6.0, the latest update to its standalone 3D modeling and animation tool. Swift 3D allows designers to build and export vector and raster-based 3D animations for Macromedia Flash, as well as QuickTime, AVI and other formats. Version 6 delivers additional support for Boolean Operations, bump map texture, and soft shadow, and is said to provide five-times faster Raster Rendering speeds. Support has also been added that allows users to export to Papervision 3D 2.0 and Collada .dae formats, while automatically creating the full Papervision project.
3D Boolean Operations is a non-destructive way for users to combine or punch holes through objects, using other 3D objects. Added soft shadow support makes it possible to render soft shadows from area lights, while the new bump map texture helps make a rendered surface more realistic by modeling the interaction of a bumpy surface texture with lights in the environment. Other additions to Swift 3D 6 offer users a clone and arrays function for cloning and distributing objects, new background image tracing, and an advanced Texture Mapper.
Lastly, users can except to see UX improvements, increased support for the both multiple processor rendering and the Extrusion and Lathe editors, and cross platform accessibility by allowing the users serial number to work on both Windows and Macs.
Swift 3D is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 or later, and priced at $250, with upgrades from lower versions priced at $100 and $150.