updated 01:20 pm EDT, Thu October 15, 2009
Solibri Model Checker 5.1, Bonzai3D 2.0 beta
Solibri and AutoDesSys have each announced 3D modeling software updates, Solibri Model Checker 5.1 and Bonzai3D 2.0. The Solibri program helps to improve design quality by checking for compliance with owner specifications, and managing any identified issues. The v5.1 update provides new tools for spatial coordination, and extended support for open standards. Users can import DWG and IFC files, which can be run in the full range of model-checking functions.
AutoDesSys has announced two beta tests: one for Bonzai3D 2.0, and another for the RenderZone plug-in, which is included in watermarking form within the Bonzai3D 2.0 beta. Features of the upgraded Bonzai3D include six new NURBS tools for blending, merging and extending curves and surfaces, and improved view navigation and workflow.
The RenderZone plug-in delivers photorealistic rendering effects, such as global illumination and ambient occlusion, and adds support for RenderZone Plus. The latter lets users transfer data ibetween the two applications. Those who want to test and provide feedback for the plug-in can contact the company in order to get watermark and resolution restrictions removed.
Both Model Checker 5.1 and the Bonzai3D 2.0 beta are currently available.