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MindAvenue Ships AXELedge 1.5 for LightWave 3D

(January 09, 2002)
MindAvenue has launched its LightWave 3D Importer for AXELedge 1.5 for Mac and PC. MindAvenue will offer demonstrations of the Importer at the NewTek booth, #3735, as well as the MindAvenue booth #927, during Macworld San Francisco, January 7-11, 2002.

Professional LightWave designers can import all content directly into AXEL, where they can take advantage of the only end-to-end Web authoring solution that requires no programming. AXELedge offers a strong set of interaction capabilities, as well as advanced animation, modeling, relations and constraints, previewing and publishing features -- housed within AXEL's drag and drop technology for simple and high-impact interactive 3D Web content creation. Users working on a Mac platform receive the benefits of an Aqua-compliant user interface -- a familiar interface that enables Mac artists to get up to speed faster.

"MindAvenue's new file format gives animators working in LightWave the flexibility to repurpose their content, providing an exceptional pipeline for delivering content to the Web in a highly interactive format," states Benoit Cloutier, VP of Research and Development. "By harnessing the power of both products, LightWave artists will bring new levels of interactivity to projects, delivering high-impact and engaging content easily and at a price that keeps their costs in line."

"We are delighted that MindAvenue has chosen LightWave 3D as its first commercial 3D file format," states Robert Hoffman, Director of Marketing 3D at NewTek. "LightWave artists working on a Mac can now deliver their content to the Web, adding interactivity without the need for programming.''

LightWave 3D users will particularly enjoy AXELedge's new movie texture support. Offering the ability to import video and apply as textures, AXELedge 1.5 is a natural progression for a community already accustomed to working in 3D for television and video.

Features and Benefits of AXELedge 1.5 for Mac: New Features:

Movie Textures: Supporting Apple QuickTime, both editions enable users to import video and apply as textures to 3D content for more customized and vivid texture applications. Artists can push the boundaries of their imagination to the limit and maximize creativity.
Cartoon and Custom Wireframe Rendering Styles: Cartoon rendering enables designers to imbue 3D images with primary colors, creating the whimsical look of traditional 2D cartoons without sacrificing the benefits of a Z-axis. Custom wireframes provide a mesh-like wireframe of objects on which designers can build an entirely new look.

Enhanced User Interface: An intuitive, Aqua-compliant menu system and more familiar naming conventions allow artists to use more of their screens and accomplish more of their creative goals.

New Import Formats: Importing EPS gives designers the flexibility to work with more material created in other programs. Through the Movie Texture feature, professionals can import all QuickTime supported formats.

Pricing and Availability
MindAvenue's AXELedge 1.5 will be available at Macworld 2002 January 7-11, 2002 for $950 US MSRP. Educational price is $245 US MSRP. AXEL products can be ordered directly through MindAvenue authorized distributors, resellers and on the MindAvenue Web site at or by calling toll-free 1-866-MindAve. The preview of the LightWave 3D Importer will be available for download to registered AXELedge users in January 2002.

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 content.

About MindAvenue
MindAvenue develops and delivers innovative technologies for the creation of content within interactive and Web-based media. Working in close collaboration with designers and developers, MindAvenue has engineered a series of solutions based on its AXEL technology, enabling artists to customize interactive 3D packages to suit their individual needs. AXEL 1.0, MindAvenue's initial product, is an award-winning 3D authoring tool on which MindAvenue's AXELcore 1.5 and AXELedge 1.5 are based. Including a light, feature-rich player that downloads automatically when viewing content for the first time, AXELcore and AXELedge are the tools of choice for digital artists looking for highly interactive technologies for engaging Web animation experiences.

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