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EI Universe 4 Coming This Fall

3D suite gets constraint system, new skinning (August 14, 2001)
You read the headline right. With Universe 3.0 just barely out of the hopper, Electric Image has announced it plans to ship Universe 4.0 this fall. The announcement came at the SIGGRAPH 2001 convention, going on now in Los Angeles.

Universe is EI's next-generation 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite that replaced EIAS earlier this year. Previously available only on the Macintosh, it is now available on multiple platforms. Universe 4 will ship for Macintosh, Mac OS X, Windows NT/2000 and Sun Solaris.

According to EI, the major updates in the new version include a new constraint system, paint-on weight mapping and an advanced skinning system. Other new features include previews for motion blurs and depth of field rendering, global illuminator lighting options and optimized OpenGL support in its Modeler.

We'll bring you more details on Universe 4 following the SIGGRAPH show. Universe 3.1 is available now for $1,995. Pricing for Universe 4 has not yet been set. For more information, visit

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