Graphics & design software

Luxology modo ready for Intel switch

Luxology LLC announced Friday that modo, its subdivision surface and polygonal 3D modeling software, is compatible with the Intel-based Macs that Apple will produce in the coming year.

“We had a programmer working on this immediately following Apple’s announcement and within 20 minutes modo was not only compiled as a universal binary but actually running on the Intel-based Macs,” said Luxology president Brad Peebler in a statement.

Apple is seeding development units to registered developers, and has made a lab of Intel-based Macs available to attendees of this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) who want to test out their application software.

Luxology senior engineer Matt Craig explained that the software was built as a mach-o application using Apple’s Xcode environment. “Our next-generation architecture and clean code allowed us to start running on Intel-based Macs the same day it was announced, just like with the G5 before it,” he added.

Modo 102 is currently available at an introductory price of US$695. An evaluation version can be downloaded from the company’s Web site. It ships on a single disc supporting Mac OS X and Windows. System requirements call for a G3 or faster processor with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later, 512MB RAM, 100MB hard disk space and OpenGL-enabled graphics card.

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