First Look Review: FreeDimension v1.1 Beta (Cadalyst Daily Archive)30 Oct, 2006 By: Ron LaFon
In its preliminary form, this 3D surfacing software shows promise.
Cadalyst doesn't typically review beta software, but occasionally a product with a lot of promise comes along and we opt to give it a preliminary look. One such product is FreeDesign's FreeDimension software, which at the time of review was in beta testing as v1.1.p>
FreeDimension features an innovative 3D surfacing technology that gives users the opportunity to easily create, manipulate and stylize 3D models -- that they can then import and render in applications such as Autodesk's 3ds Max.
FreeDimension is based on a patented innovation -- NSS (N-Sided Surfaces). NSS allows surfaces to be created using as many sides as needed. FreeDimension offers a rich set of tools to help shape curves and surfaces organically and invisibly control surface tangency across curves. Although you might expect complexity from the interface of an application that accomplishes these feats, FreeDimension's interface is simple and intuitive -- as are the available tools. An excellent Help system, animations and tutorials on the company's Web site all provide an overview of how FreeDimension works and how you can use it in your day-to-day work. Read more >>
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