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Strata Design 3D CX is a professional-level 3D modeling and animation software that delivers end-to-end power for the entire 3D design workflow. Quickly bring your creative ideas to life with a simplified learning curve, intuitive workflow and award-winning rendering quality rivaling any software at any price. Add a new dimension to your work for illustration, design, web-ready graphics, animation and more. Don't make the mistake of buying a 3D tool that makes you change your design process - Strata 3D CX works like you do.


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Version 7.5:

Note: Upgrade pricing starts at $89.

Build: New Version 7.5 Modeling and Edge Control Features and Enhancements--
Segment Edge Command
  • Allows users to divide mesh edges into a defined number of segments
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  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Strata Design 3D CX 7.0.x

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Fotodivr Member IconReview+72

Hmmm... Just bought this less than 3 weeks ago and now I have to pay to update it! What a waste of money.

I really do not support greed. No indication that if someone is a recent purchaser that the "upgrade" is at no cost.

I will delete this POS from my system. The application works OK - not the best - but what really bothers me is the developers "business model".

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Version 7.5
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I had Strata Design 3D CX 6 on my MacBook Pro (mid-2010, 10.8.1) and I bought the Strata bundle this week (Design 3D CX 7 and Foto). Great software, I really like it. However, I have a problem with the registration of Design 3D CX 7. Every time I start the app, I have to enter my serial. The serial is accepted and I'm able to use the tool. The problem: The serial info is not stored, so I have to re-enter it every time I open the app. :-(

Is there a solution for this problem?

Kind regards,

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Version 7.0.4

I had the same problem. If you contact Strata support through their website (include your name and serial number), they will be able to help you. The next app update will have the solution built in. The error is specific to Mountain Lion.

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A solid if not spectacular 3D package with a strong community behind it. Has been around on the Mac platform for two decades, so they are very strong in the Mac community. Has been a Windows application for the past decade, so it's a true cross-platform solution for shops needing that kind of flexibility.
Version 6 saw the inclusion of polygon modeling with a recent 6.2 update that added to this new set of tools making it a fairly strong modeler. Still not in the category of much more expensive 3D applications, but a very capable mid-level 3D application.
Rendering has always been a strong suite for Strata3D. It's had a radiosity rendered for over a decade and has added extensive HDRI tools in the latest major revision. Can even save rendering files for later rendering, offering the ability to have multiple computers render different parts of an animation frameset at the same time. You are not able to use multiple computers to help render a single frame though, something that has been requested by the community.
Animation tools are fairly robust, but can be confusing. There's a lot of power under the hood here, but much of it is hidden or hard to find. Could definitely use an interface overhaul here, but it's not so complex that you can't use it now, it's just that it could be better. With it's strong rendering engine, it can render some amazing animation clips, but be prepared for long render times. Although Strata has made major jumps in render speed, high end renders can still take a long time just like any other 3D software. Having more than one computer to render sections of an animation can save valuable amounts of time here. Strata used to offer a distributed render option but it's no longer available, although the community has requested it be added back in.
The latest version also includes tools to integrate into Adobe's Photoshop program allowing a lot of control over textures, placing 3D objects in Photoshop files and swapping images from Photoshop into Strata as a 3D object. Currently no other software package offers this ability.
Strata's community is fairly strong and very dedicated. Strata themselves participate in the community site run by someone independent of Strata, so they hold no influence over the website themselves, something refreshing in the industry. Strata seems genuinely concerned with making their users happy. They also seem very dedicated to producing fairly bug-free software. While no software version can be completely bug-free, Strata does seem to take extreme care to not release software before it's ready, another welcome trait.
While Strata3D CX isn't perfect, it's a strong package with an amazing rendering engine that can produce top flight work. With ties to Adobe Photoshop, it has a strong tie-in with commercial 2D work. Strata has made a package that many 2D graphic artists can gravitate to without the large learning curve many 3D software packages seen to have. It also has a strong following in the architectual arena as well. Something to consider when looking at other solutions.
Lastly, Strata has some additional software packages that augment Strata3D CX that also bear some investigation. It gives Strata some flexibility in other areas besides just a model / renderer.
If you are looking for one software package to do everything and not have to learn multiple software packages, Strata will fit in just fine.

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Downloads 15,422
Version Downloads 324
License Commercial
Date 24 Oct 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $499.00