updated 01:25 am EDT, Wed June 20, 2001
Quark yesterday released QuarkWrapture 1.5, an upgrade to its packaging software with new support for "bottles and cans," Flash/TIFF export, and larger page sizes and other visualization features.
QuarkWrapture, a $7,000 package conceptualization tool that fuses a CAD structure to a graphic design, creating a virtual package in a single file, generates a 3-D rendering of that package that can be shared electronically.
Version 1.5 brings support for viewing and manipulating multiple piece scenes, visualizing cylindrical objects ("bottles and cans") and virtual 3-D mockup controls, including package attributes (finish, texture, and thickness) and rendering attributes (lighting intensity, camera focal length, and background color).
The update also adds export routines for Macromedia Flash format and high-resolution TIFF files to the already included JPEG and QuickTime VR export functions. Animated folding sequences can be exported as QuickTime movies as well. It also supports larger page sizes of up to 96" x 96" for point of purchase display designs and improves its magnification feature for high-fidelity viewing of the virtual mockup. Finally, it offers improved guide support, allowing easy selection of multiple guides for more efficient control over structural elements.