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NEWS JANUARY 31, 2001
Cinema 4D, BodyPaint Demos Available for OS X
OS X versions to take "full advantage" of the power of new operating system

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Maxon Computer has released demo version of its Cinema 4D XL and BodyPaint 3D applications for OS X. The company had demonstrated their 3D applications running on OS X at the Macworld Expo held earlier this month in San Francisco. This latest release joins a whole slew of 3D developers who have announced or released programs for OS X, which is due to ship in March. These include NewTek's LightWave (available as a download from Creative Mac at http://www.creativemac.com/downloads/downloads.htm), Electric Image's Universe and Alias|Wavefront's Maya. The only major holdout left seems to be Discreet, which has made no announcements regarding its 3ds max (formerly 3D Studio Max) being ported to OS X.

Maxon's Cinema 4D XL is a modeling, animation and rendering package, which has been available for the Macintosh for some time now, including support for multithreading and multiprocessing. BodyPaint 3D is a 3D painting application for creating detailed textures within Cinema 4D or as a stand-alone application for use with other major 3D packages.

BodyPaint 3D's Raybrush technology enables users to paint onto 3D objects in final render quality, using any or all material channels, including reflections, transparencies and refractions, with instant onscreen results: realtime painting on objects regardless of the number of polygons, according to Maxon. BodyPaint 3D supports all common 3D model formats and saves associated textures. It imports and writes all major image formats, including PhotoShop (with layers), TIFF, BMP, PICT, QT, JPEG and more. The package includes several presets, such as rust, dirt, scratches, rivets, hairs, welded joints and veins, all of which can be painted into the appropriate material channel automatically.

The company says the OS X versions of these titles take "full advantage" of the new features in OS X. The demos, however, are save-disabled and render with a watermark.

The demo version of these latest releases are available immediately at http://www.download.com. For more information, visit http://www.maxoncomputer.com.

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