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Corel Ships Bryce 5

New release includes Mac OS X version By Dave Nagel
Corel has started shipping Bryce 5, the latest version of the 3D landscape creation and animation package formerly owned by Metacreations. The new version is available now via Corel's online store for Macintosh, Mac OS X and Windows.

This marks the first Corel appli8cation to ship for OS X, and, according to Corel, it won't be the last. "[This] is the first of many creative products Corel will deliver for this advanced operating system over the coming months," Corel said in a prepared statement.

The new version offers a host of new features, including network rendering?the ability to use multiple computers to render scenes. According to Corel, there is no limit to the number of systems used, and it is platform independent, enabling Mac and Windows users to render their images on either or both platforms simultaneously.

The rendering itself has also been improved with a little more emphasis on photorealism, including features like depth of field, blurred reflections and soft shadows.

Other new features include:

  • Tree Lab, for creating organic 3D trees. Users specify the exact look and feel of trees in a scene, from the number of needles on a branch to selecting from more than 60 different tree types.
  • Metaballs, similar to the metaball modeling tools in several other applications, which allow for the rapid creation of organic shapes.
  • Light Lab, which gives more control over lighting direction, intensity and tinting.

The full version of Bryce 5 is available for $299 at Corel's site, slightly less than expected. The upgrade is $149. French and German versions of Bryce 5 will be available in August. The Windows and Mac OS 8.6+ versions require 64 MB RAM. The OS X version requires 128 MB. For more information, visit

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