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Electric Rain Brings 3D to USAnimation

Swift 3D SE available now By Dave Nagel
Electric Rain is bringing 3D to USAnimation from Toon Boom Technologies. USAnimation is a high-end 2D animation package that is currently not available for Macintosh. However, Electric Rain's new software allows 3D artists to work in NewTek LightWave on the Mac and export their work in the USAnimation native vector-based file format. Toon Boom also makes the popular Toon Boom Studio package for Mac OS X. No word yet on whether Electric Rain will release a 3D converter for that program.

The new software from Electric Rain includes Swift 3D LW SE and Swift 3D MAX SE. (The MAX version is for Discreet's 3ds max.) They both functions as plugins for their respective hosts, allowing artists to export their work from these 3D programs into a vector format that works with USAnimation.

Electric Rain's software also includes plugins for a variety of hosts for exporting 3D content to other vector formats, including Flash, Illustrator, EPS and SVG. The new SE-class plugins include support for these formats as well. Electric Rain also makes a stand-alone application called Swift 3D that imports a variety of 3D file formats and exports them to vector formats.

Swift 3D MAX SE and Swift 3D LW SE are available now. The MAX version works with 3ds max and VIZ 3.0 and above. The LightWave version runs on Mac and Windows LightWave hosts using version 6.5 and later, including Mac OS X versions. Both plugins sell for $995. For more information, visit http//

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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