Strata Design 3D CX
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3D rendering, modeling, animation.   Commercial ($499.00)
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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.

Features:
    What's New
    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
    Show Face Normals
    • Provides a visual indication of a polygon’s normal direction, allowing you to easily ensure your polygons are facing the correct way, while at the same time solving a problem that can cause rendering anomalies and problems with 3D printing
    Move Commands
    • Move to Grid
    • Move to X
    • Move to Y
    • Move to Z
    • Move Center to X
    • Move Center to Y
    • Move Center to Z
    Rotate Commands
    • Rotate Connected to Grid
    • Rotate Connected to X
    • Rotate Connected to Y
    • Rotate Connected to Z
    Select Perimeter Command Select UV Seam Edges Command
    • Selects any previously designated UV seams
    Select UV Seam Edges Command
    • Selects any previously designated UV seams
    Toggle UV Seam Edge Command
    • Toggles (on or off) one or more selected edges as UV seams. Allows user to designate unwrapping seams for Burn UV and UV edit mode.
    • UV seams are color coded in poly edit (user-defined colors from the Edge mode dialog)
    Poly Mesh Conversion Upgrade
    • Mesh conversion now maintains vertex/edge hardness, UV seams and face sets (subsets)
    Texture: UV Editing and Texturing Features and Enhancements--
    Burn UV Function Enhancement
    • New Conform to Mesh option; using Least Squares Conformal Maps technology
    UV Edit Mode - Powerful UV Unwrapping
    • LSCM unwrap (Conform, Conform Connected) Unwrap entire objects, single UV island or just selected polygons
    • Pin UVs (Toggle pinned vertices on or off)
    UV Edit Mode - Fitting, Orientation, Position, Selection
    • Fit (to UV, U or V)
    • Fit Each (to UV, U or V)
    • Rotate Connected (to Grid, U or V)
    • Move: (to U, V; Center to U, V)
    • Select Perimeter
    • Select Pinned UVs (Selects previously pinned vertices)
    UV Edge Seam Assignment (assigned in polygon edit mode)
    • Toggle UV Seam Edge
    • Select UV Seam Edge
    3D Print, File Import and File Export Options STL Import and Export
    • The STL (.stl) format is widely used by CAD programs, popular 3D printing services and modeling interfaces. Many 3D printers and 3D print services accept or require STL files.
    Collada File Import Improvement
    • Support for bump/normal map in import/export of Collada files
    • Sort by face sets on export to Collada and OBJ so that there is only a single entry for each face set
    Decimation / Polygon Reduction
    • Decimation is used to reduce polygon count in models, while minimizing the visual distortion on the outward appearance of the rendered image. Decimation is often used on imported models with very high polygon counts, which may cause performance issues, slow rendering, or editing difficulty. It’s also useful for lowering polygon counts for online 3D games, mobile and other applications that require low polygon counts for performance reasons.
    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 more...
    Requirements
    • Intel
    • OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Strata Design 3D CX 7.0.x



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    Strata Design 3D C... User Discussion (Write a Review)
    ver. 7.x:
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    Fotodivr reviewed on 24 Oct 2013
    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".
    [Version 7.5]


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    Macvdr reviewed on 04 Sep 2012
    Hi,
    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,
    Claus
    [Version 7.0.4]

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    Sjd replied on 04 Sep 2012
    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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    Macsavers reviewed on 02 Feb 2011
    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.
    [Version 6.2]


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    Dave Klein rated on 25 Mar 2014

    [Version 7.5]



    Frank_d2677c07 rated on 25 Mar 2014

    [Version 7.5]



    ManfredCC rated on 08 May 2013

    [Version 7.0.5]



    ictg rated on 29 Dec 2012

    [Version 7.0.4]



    Mauroangel rated on 06 Feb 2012

    [Version 6.2]



    Jjvaz rated on 26 Oct 2011

    [Version 6.2]



    creolon rated on 02 May 2011

    [Version 6.2]



    faberfoto rated on 15 Apr 2011

    [Version 6.2]



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    Aragorn07 rated on 11 Feb 2011

    [Version 6.2]



    3dp rated on 15 Dec 2010

    [Version 6.2]


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    Type:Multimedia Design : Author Tools
    License:Commercial
    Date:24 Oct 2013
    Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
    Price: $499.00
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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.

    Features:
    • Native UV Mapping for Perfect Textures: Design 3D CX7 introduces a powerful new UV Mapping environment that makes exact placement of textures easier and faster than ever. UV texture mapping is a technique used to accurately wrap a 2D image texture onto a 3D model, where the image texture can then be stretched, squeezed, and rotated to fit correctly. UV coordinates maintain the relationship between the texture and 3D model, even when the model is further manipulated.
    • A New Standard in Rendering Perfection: Design 3D CX7 establishes rendering superiority with an array of updates that advance overall output quality and speed. Added support for blurry transparency and reflectivity produces stunningly lifelike realism. Instance Rendering Properties offer control over how an individual object's shadows, caustics, reflections and transparencies are rendered, or whether an object is even displayed at all. Version 7 handles higher oversampling settings, and lower block and threshold settings without loss of speed.
    • Modeling Evolved with Polygon Editing Enhancements: Ample improvements to the polygon modeling toolset and workflow include new Flatten, Weld, Unweld, Flip and Save Subset features. When combined with more intuitive mouse interactions and visual feedback, hard edge handling, selection options and new customizable keyboard shortcuts for common modeling tasks, Design 3D CX7 takes one giant step towards modeling bliss.
    • Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts Let You Define Your Workflow: All graphic designers rely on at least a few keyboard shortcuts in their favourite design programs. Others can tell you every shortcut that's available. We all have our own preferences and opinions on what key combinations make sense for certain tasks, so who are we to decide what's right or wrong? Design 3D CX7 allows you to take control and create your own Keyboard Shortcut Sets to match your favourite design programs or you own personal preferences.
    • Boolean Modeling Refined: Boolean Modeling allows you to add, subtract, intersect, and cut 2 different objects to create a new 3D object. It is not new to Design 3D, but version 7 unveils an entirely new Boolean engine that utilizes the same workflow, but produces cleaner, more accurate and reliable results.
    • New Texturing Options with Normal Maps: In addition to grayscale Bump Maps, Design 3D CX7 ushers in the ability to use Normal Maps for creating realistic surfaces details through the use of an RGB image. Normal Maps can also be used to "fake" lighting details of an object instead of modelling all of the details. It's just one more way that texturing in Design 3D CX7 makes your life easier.
    • Time Saving Project Templates: New 3D scene templates offer designers an easy way to jump start their 3D projects, without beginning in the vacuum of a New Empty Project. Scene templates include advanced lighting with soft shadows, environments, backgrounds and more, which can all be edited to suit your needs. Working with templates is also a great way to learn how to formulate your own 3D scenes.
    • Unique Surface Realism Through Anisotropy: Anisotropy is an advanced surface property that yields subtle, yet realistic effects to surfaces and reflections. An example of Anisotropy is a surface that blurs in a vertical direction, but not in a horizontal direction, such as brushed metals. Anisotropy settings are a new addition to the Image Texture controls.
    • Grid Templates Make Modeling Easier: To aid in certain modeling processes, images can now be applied to X,Y, and Z Grids for use as a template. The opacity of the grids can be adjusted to behave similar to tracing paper, which allows you to quickly model to proper proportions and accurately locate the components that make up your 3D model.
    • Match Motion Brings the Real World and CG World Closer Together: Visual effects artists often use a combination of live action and 3D action, which visually match up to create a realistic scene. Match Motion imports camera data from Pixel Farm's PFHoe to create a 3D scene, which matches the motion of a live camera scene.
    • Sun and Sky Backgrounds add More Reality to Your Environments: A new background type is available in Design 3D CX7 that will give your projects a real world feel. Sun and Sky backgrounds change colors to mimic a real sky and horizon as you move your light source. Features like haze and turbidity provide additional realism. If you want your scenes to change from sunup to sundown this is your feature.


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