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Auto-des-sys Releases Form-Z 4.1.2

New version gets UI and modeling enhancements By Dave Nagel
Auto-des-sys has updated Form-Z, the company's 3D modeling application. The new 4.1.2 version includes enhancements to modeling, UI and import/export, as well as fixes for a variety of issues. It's available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

Form-Z--which, incidentally, turns 13 years old this weekend (Feb. 14)--is a solid and surface modeler with a variety of 2D and 3D manipulation and sculpting capabilities. The 4.x generation includes a new network renderer; new rendering modes, including a sketch renderer, point-cloud re-rendering and STEP translation; and 22 new modeling tools, such as lofting, new blending and filleting and additional parametric editing capabilities. The 4.1.2 update includes enhancements to the interface; several improvements and fixes in the area of modeling; a fix for a crash caused by printing a draft; improvements to import of DWG files; and improvements to RenderZone. A complete list of fixes is available on the company's Web site.

In other Form-Z news, Auto-des-sys says it's working on the next major release of the program, version 4.5. The company says invitations for beta testers are forthcoming and that it will keep third-party developers and script writers posted as the APIs for the new version become available.

Form-Z 4.1.2 is available now as a free update for current users on Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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