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Amapi 3D 5.1

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At a Glance
  • Template Graphics Software Amapi 3D 5.1

If you're looking for an affordable 3-D modeler to create, render, and animate 3-D objects and scenes, your search has ended. Amapi 3D 5.15 boasts a feature set to rival those of more expensive programs, such as the $1,499 form-Z. Among this version's new features are dynamic geometry; surface-smoothing, filleting, and deformation tools; and new (and faster) display modes. As in earlier versions, you can work in either the standard interface, with its floating tool palette, or in the often inscrutable icon-based Workshop Interface. For more sophisticated animations, you can export your work to another 3-D application in any of 24 formats.

Page 118 September 2000

At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Extensive 3-D modeling features
    • Excellent documentation


    • Nonintuitive interface
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