3D modeling program for the Mac

by Fred Showker

Cheetah3D 5.7 - With New Preferences Window In several previous columns we've talked about this very cool 3D modeling program for the Mac. Now, Cheetah3D 5.7, professional level 3D modeling solution for Mac OS X has been updated. Developed from the ground up utilizing the latest Cocoa technologies, Cheetah3D is a lean, fast, and elegant 3D modeling, rendering, and animation package with an easy learning curve.

animation package with an easy learning curve

Perfect for graphic designers, architects and casual users alike, Cheetah3D provides the most useful features needed to get the job done, and organizes them within a beautifully elegant user-interface that is powerful, intuitive and quick to work with. It offers many powerful tools, like subdivision surface modelling, joint based character animation system, UV unwrapping, texture painting, PDF import, global illumination renderer, and much more. The possibility to extend Cheetah3D with JavaScripts and support for many common file formats, like FBX, 3DS or Collada, rounds out its feature set.

The biggest change in this latest version is undoubtedly the completely rewritten preferences window. The new preferences window now supports a Cocoa toolbar, binding of almost 200 commands and custom Javascripts to hotkeys, customizing many of the user interface colors, and much more. Version 5.7 also extends Cheetah 3D's Collada support, by introducing the export of animations and skinned characters. Many small improvements, bug fixes and optimizations like the SSE optimized subdivision surfaces round off the new features. Cheetah3D 5.7 is a free update for all registered Cheetah3D 5.x users.

Major new features in Cheetah3D 5.7:

  • Completely new Preferences window
  • Almost 200 commands can now be bound to hotkeys
  • Many user interface colors are now customizable
  • Extended Collada exporter
  • SSE optimized subdivision surfaces
  • Many bug fixes

Last but not least, since Jan. 6th 2011, Cheetah3D has been available to purchase via the Mac App Store.

Dr. Martin Wengenmayer said

Quoting begins Performing truly advanced operations in Cheetah3D will seem like second nature very rapidly ... Cheetah3D's developer. "With its seamless Mac OS X integration, Cheetah3D has been written from the ground up using Cocoa. Its not just a simple port of a Windows or Linux modeller which ends up looking, feeling and behaving like a disappointingly un-Mac-like piece of software. With Cheetah3D, you will feel right at home using it without having to learn a completely new user interface. It packs a terrific punch for it's tiny price. In fact, the program provides a level of productivity that you will be hard-pressed to equal in software ten times the cost. Quoting ends

Language support: * U.S. English, German, and Japanese

Minimum Requirements: * Mac OS X Version 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard) * Universal Binary for PowerPC, Intel 32 Bit, Intel 64 Bit * 70.8 MB Hard Drive space * 1 GB RAM * 16 MB VRAM * Internet Connection

Cheetah3D 5.7 is priced at $149.00 (USD) for a single-user license. Customers may upgrade from Cheetah3D 1.x - 4.x for $69.00. Cheetah3D 5.7 is a free update for all registered Cheetah3D 5.x users. Category:

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Located in beautiful Tapfheim, Germany, Dr. Martin Wengenmayer is an independent software developer whose main goal is the development of easy-to-use yet powerful 3D software exclusively for Mac OS X with a focus on iterating state-of-the-art 3D modeling, rendering and animation algorithms into a true Mac user experience. Copyright (C) 2004-2011 Dr. Martin Wengenmayer and Cheetah3D. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.