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MindAvenue Announces AXEL for Web Animation

New animation software company launches AXEL, a 3D interactive Web authoring toolset (July 12, 2001)
MindAvenue, creator of interactive 3D Web
technologies, today launched AXEL, an authoring tool and viewer that
enables artists to model, animate, add interactivity, preview and publish to
the Web, in one comprehensive rich media package. AXEL combines ease of use
with a broad set of tools, meeting the needs of marketing agencies,
entertainment providers and Web content creators demanding a seamless
authoring environment.

Founded by Benoit Cloutier, Pierre Cloutier and Yves Boucher, MindAvenue was
created to provide high quality and innovative Web authoring tools to
professionals working in a 3D environment. Their backgrounds include multimedia
software development and management.

Key features of AXEL include:
* Intuitive interface across all 3D and Web functionalities helps
artists learn faster.
*Modeling capabilities for true 3D characterization
including high-level relations and constraints, surface deformations and
* Interaction authoring to create complex interactivity,
including direct manipulation, without the need for programming.
* Animation capabilities for inverse kinematics, deformable
skin surfaces, shape animation, particle dynamics and a unique reaction and
animation sequencer for precise timing control.
* Compact and customizable streaming features deliver content to
surfers as it was meant to appear, without a large footprint.
Artists can specify which objects are to be streamed and the priority in
which they will appear on the surfer's screen.
* Conversion capabilities offer professionals the choice of importing
content from other products.
* Performance tuning features assure the end-product's visual quality.
Included in the package is a Time Estimates feature that shows the download
time for each scene, the percentage of content currently streaming, and the
time required before the scene will appear. Users can also review the
length of download time by selecting the target modem speeds for each scene,
ensuring that playback is smooth and fast-loading.

AXEL Player
One of the smallest players on the market, AXEL's plug-in player delivers
multi-platform content on Mac and Windows for both Internet Explorer and
Netscape. The player is automatically downloaded on the surfer's machine
when viewing content for the first time, integrating seamlessly in a user's
browser. The player's proprietary download format reinforces artists'
copyright protection, inhibiting others from misappropriating or modifying

Pricing and Availability
Competitively priced, with no additional publishing or membership fees, AXEL
is available immediately for U.S. $950 plus shipping, handling and
applicable taxes. Customers and interested parties can call toll-free
1-866-MindAve for more information or order AXEL directly by visiting

Trial Version
A free trial version of AXEL and accompanying tutorials are available for a
limited time at

About MindAvenue
MindAvenue delivers complete, interactive 3D authoring technologies for the
Web. Working in close collaboration with on-staff designers, award-winning
developers have created AXEL, MindAvenue's leading 3D interactive authoring
tool that allows users to model, animate, texture, light, add interactivity
and publish to the Web - all in one toolset. Including a download-light,
feature-rich player available for free on MindAvenue's Web site, AXEL is
designed to become the 3D Web authoring tool for marketing agencies,
entertainment providers and Web content creators. Based in Montreal,
MindAvenue is a private corporation. For further information please visit

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