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Cheetah3D 5.0 adds node-based material system

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu October 8, 2009

Also makes under-the-hood improvements

The independently-developed Cheetah3D modeling and animation suite has been updated to v5.0, bringing a series of major changes. Among these is a new node-based material system, which allows for drag-and-drop creation of material effects using various procedural textures and shaders. The raytracing engine has been improved to support 16 cores, and a new collection of preset materials has been added.

Added to the interface are pivot points, new bevel and bend modifier tools, and a new tag selector said to accelerate workflow. Options have been expanded to include automatic texture reload, and export to static Collada files. The suite is $149 new, or $69 as an upgrade from any previous version of Cheetah. Mac OS X 10.4 is required, along with 1GB of RAM and an Internet connection.




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