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ImageModeler Coming to Mac OS X

RealViz expects release by Macworld SF By Dave Nagel
At the SIGGRAPH convention in Los Angeles, RealViz showed off the latest version of its Stitcher product for Mac and also revealed the impending Mac OS X release of its ImageModeler.

Stitcher is a tool for creating spherical panoramas using a simple drag and drop interface. Essentially, you move pieces of the panorama on top of each other and match up a couple of points, and Stitcher handles the rest. It includes tools for color correction and automatically fixes lens distortion. It can output to QuickTime, Shockwave 3D, VRML, cylindrical, equirectangular, rectilinear and cube faces, as well as standard image formats like JPEG, TIFF and PICT, among others.

ImageModeler is a completely different application altogether. In essence, it converts 2D photographs into 3D geometry. Unlike hardware solutions that do the same thing, this one allows you to place points manually onto a series of still images, which the program then uses to calculate the 3D geometry. It also sells for a lot less than hardware-based solutions, coming in around $2,000.

We saw ImageModeler working on both facial and architectural features, and it looks to be a promising addition to the Mac's arsenal of 3D tools. ImageModeler for Mac OS X has not been "officially" announced yet, though the company did tell us it expects to release the product by Macworld San Francisco in January 2002.

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