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Electric Rain Offers Upgrade Deal

3D to vector conversion tool By Dave Nagel
Electric Rain this week announced that the company is "officially in the free upgrade zone" for its 3D to vector translation software, Swift 3D. The company says that those who purchase the upgrade or full versions of Swift 3D 3.0 will receive version 4.0 as a free update when it becomes available. No release date has yet been set.

Swift 3D is a standalone application for converting 3D artwork and animations to the Flash (.swf) format, as well as other vector and raster formats. It uses the RAViX III rendering engine for processing 3D scenes for vector formats. It supports transparency, reflection, specularity and multiple shadows. It also includes the EMO Ray Tracer, a second rendering engine with full bitmap texturing for output to raster and vector formats, including Flash. And it can render scenes to layers using Electric Rain's SmartLayer technology.

Electric Rain has not yet set a release date for version 4.0 or announced any new features. The free upgrade deal applies to full version purchases of version 3.0 or upgrades from version 1.0 or 2.0. Version 3.0 sells for $169 for the full version or $89 for upgrades. Version 4.0 will cost $20 more for the full version and $10 more for the upgrade. See Electric Rain's Web site for more details.

Swift 3D 3.0 is available now fro 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 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

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