updated 12:15 am EST, Wed February 19, 2003
Onyx Computing today announced the new release of OnyxTREE Professional Suite for Mac OS X, a suite of four dedicated vegetation creators for procedural modeling of broadleaf trees and bushes (OnyxTREE BROADLEAF), conifer trees and bushes (OnyxTREE CONIFER), palms and related species (OnyxTREE PALM), and bamboos and related species (OnyxTREE BAMBOO). [updated]
Each of the four modelers in the can export 3D objects in six widely used file formats: 3DS, C4D, DXF, FACT, LWO, and OBJ. They also export high resolution images of plants as BMP (PICT) and TARGA files. Each modeler now supports a new wind feature, which allows a plant in the wind to be viewed and exported as a high resolution image or 3D object. The wind speed and direction as well as wind gusts can be adjusted. All four modelers feature a communication protocol which enables direct transfer of 3D objects to EI Universe and the animation of wind and growth.
OnyxTREE BAMBOO supports bamboo growth, which allows a bamboo to be viewed and exported in different stages of growth. The growth sequences can also be exported as sequences of 3D object files.
The $500 package comes with the libraries of more than 330 ready-to-use broadleaf trees and bushes, conifer trees and bushes, palms, and bamboos.