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NEWS
JULY 25, 2000

Electric Rain Debuts Swift3D for Mac

Port brings 3D content to Flash and LiveMotion

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Following months of anticipation, Electric Rain today finally announced a Macintosh port of its Swift3D software, but users will still have to wait until September to get their hands on it. Swift3D is a piece of software that allows users to create and work with vector 3D objects that can be animated and placed into Flash files.

"Mac users are a very vocal crowd," said Mike Soucie, president of Electric Rain, in a prepared statement. "And they let it be known that the Macintosh community needed a 3D vector tool. Electric Rain felt the urgency to deliver a Mac version of Swift 3D since there is no other solution available. We allocated all of our development resources to the project and are excited to announce a September 15th, 2000 release."

This morning Soucie demonstrated Swift 3D on the Macintosh platform at the Flashforward2000 conference in New York.

Swift3D can import and work with EPS files, as well as 3D5 models, respecting materials, animations, lighting schemes and camera views. It can also be used to create models with basic primitives and type. It comes with preinstalled settings for drag and drop animations, as well as support for keyframing and tweening. Users can add up to 16 lights to a scene and animate them.

The software can export directly to the Flash format, consecutive EPS files for use with LiveMotion and Adobe Illustrator file format. It can also export outlines and shading, including flat shading, area/average shading and full polygon gradient shading.

Swift3D will be available for $139. It includes documentation and free sound files and 3D models. For more information, visit http://www.erain.com.

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