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Pixels Digital Ships Pixels3D 4.5

Major update gets lighting, shading, rendering enhancements By Dave Nagel
Pixels Digital has released Pixels3D 4.5, an update to the company's flagship 3D modeling and animation suite. The new version offers a variety of enhancements and new features and is available now in full paid upgrade versions for Mac OS X.

New features in Pixels3D 4.5 include LogoMaker, a tool for creating beveled text elements, and RigMaker, a new set of inverse kinematics functions. Other new features include:

  • Support for global illumination using a skydome;
  • Ambient occlusion;
  • Area lights;
  • New import and export options (LWO, OBJ, DXF, 3DS and RIB);
  • New shader nodes;
  • New modifiers;
  • Constraints, including distance constraints;
  • Quick Renders (for visual feedback prior to final render);
  • A point info dialog.

Pixels3D 4.5 is available now for Mac OS X for $399 for the full version, $249 for upgrades from version 3.5 or higher and $199 for upgrades from version 4.0 and higher. A competitive upgrade is also available for $299. For more information, visit

Contact the author: 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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