updated 09:35 pm EST, Thu February 21, 2002
Strata has released Strata 3D v3.7, an upgrade to its 3D modeling and rendering application. In the update are new features including 'Explode,' 'Shatter,' and more than 600 shapes and textures. Also included in the update is the Ravix II vector output plug-in, which saves stills and animations as Shockwave Flash files (similar to Electric Rains' $295 plug-in). Upgrades costs $100 for 3Dplus v3.5 users, $200 for 3Dbase users, and is $250 for a new liscense. A MacNN reader explains some problems with Strata's marketing strategy. [website not updated]; [updated story]
Seems like Strata has - again - a paying upgrade.
I guess lots of users don't like it anymore, they come up with minor - but paying - upgrades that are merely bugfixes or re-introduction of lost functionality.
[Strata] is re-introducing the "Explode" and "Shatter" features that were lost in an upgrade from 1.75 Blitz to Strata3Dpro v2.5... if I remember correctly. They will probably reintroduce other, once lost functionality like RayPainting, over time and charge for every so called "upgrade".
They have a strange marketing strategy at Strata these days;
they are charging for features they once removed... and which are re-introduced by bits now.