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Universe 4 Ships for Mac OS X and OS 9

Preorders are 'in the mail' By Dave Nagel
Electric Image has started shipping the latest release of its flagship 3D modeling and animation package, Universe 4.0. For those who preordered the software, shipments went out Wednesday and will continue through the holidays. The Mac OS X and OS 9 versions are shipping now. The Windows version will begin shipping in two weeks. Electric Image has also released a demo version of Universe 4.0 for the Mac. The Windows demo will follow in two weeks.

As we reported earlier this month, Universe 4.0 is the first high-end 3D package to be priced below $1,000. Upgrades run $349 to $449.

Universe 4.0 brings several significant enhancements to the 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite. Among these is a a performance boost that drops render times by 20 percent, lower memory requirements and enhanced OpenGL in Modeler and Animator. Other new features include:

  • Character skinning system
  • New constraint system
  • Global illumination
  • Motion blur preview
  • Interface tweaks
  • Several enhancements to Modeler, including interruptible operations, a NURBS Surface Reduce Knots tool and others.

The full version of Universe 4.0 is available for $995. For more information, visit

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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