Simple 3D with some interaction

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Simple 3D with some interaction

Postby Lars99 » Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:55 pm

Hi all!
I have several years of pro experience in using 3StudioMAX. However, that was a few years back and now I need a tool with this spec:

x Rudimentary 3D modelling and animation capability
x Ability to produce a piece of software with some interaction, typically: mouse click in one part of screen picture->one animation plays
mouse click in other part of picture->play another animation
x As cheap as possible, I´m on a shoestring budget
x Possible to run on a "small" system, i e Win 98SE.

Thanks in advance!
-Lars
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Try DesignWorkshop Professional

Postby David Owen » Thu Jan 13, 2005 8:45 pm

Take a look at <a href="http://www.artifice.com/dw_pro.html">DesignWorkshop Professional</a>.

It's an easy to use, simple 3D modeling, rendering and animation tool that works with Windows 98 (as well as Win 95/NT4/ME/2000/XP) and with Macintosh. It seems like DW would more than meet your needs. And it's reasonably priced!

All DesignWorkshop products are available through the <a href="http://www.CADOutpost.com/">CADOutpost.com</a> internet store.
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DW tested

Postby Lars99 » Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:39 pm

Dear David,
I have downloaded the DW Lite (freeware) edition and modelingwise it´s about what I expected, i e excellent value for money :) .

Just one little problem: As far as I can see no animation capability - is this correct, or is there something I´m missing? It is possible to interactively move within the model, but that´s not quite what I´m looking for.

Regards
Lars
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Postby David Owen » Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:43 pm

Because it's our basic, no-frills evaluation edition, DesignWorkshop Lite doesn't include things like scripted walkthrough animations, high-quality rendering, and other higher end features.

As you noted, all of the DesignWorkshop products do include a real-time walkthrough mode.

So, you could create an animation using DW Lite by exporting each frame manually as you walk through the model (eg, moving around with the arrow keys). Of course, that's tedious and you'd need a program that could convert a batch of still frames into a single movie file.

For better, more convenient results, you might consider <a href="http://www.artifice.com/dw_pro.html">DesignWorkshop Professional</a>. DW Pro includes a scripted walkthrough feature that produces a QuickTime movie file, generated automatically from a sequence of saved views, with path interpolation and frame rate control.

DW Professional is available through the <a href="http://www.CADOutpost.com/">CADOutpost.com</a> internet store.
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