last Monday, Adobe’s Atmosphere 3D Web tool is coming to the Mac this summer. However, Cycore’s Cult 3D reader and creative software is already available. (Adobe purchased Cycore 3D technology for use in Adobe After Effects 5.0.)
produces interactive graphic models. They’re small file sizes (smaller than mid-level resolution JPEGs) so they load quickly and run on pretty much any machine. Cycore recently partnered with Disney to develop animation tools and entered a development agreement with Compaq to work on e-business animation development. Like Adobe Acrobat, there’s a free Cult 3D viewer, and you buy the software if you want to create files. In fact, there are three components.
The Cult3D Designer is a software program that lets you apply interactivity to models that were created in Maya or 3ds max. The models are first exported out of the host program into the Cult3D Designer tool with the Cult3D Exporter. The Cult3D Exporter is a software program that converts models created in Maya and 3ds max, into Cult3D Designer files. And the Cult3D Viewer is a plug-in that allows users to view Cult3D objects on the Web, in Microsoft Office applications, and Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files.
According to David Trescot, director of Dynamic Media for Adobe, the acquisition of Cycore’s Cult Effects technology expands the creative options in Adobe After Effects through several key features. Vector paint — one of the top feature requests from customers — lets users paint precisely over time, he said last month. Vector Paint includes wiggle controls that make it easy to create a hand-animated look. Fractal Noise simulates organic backgrounds and creates fractal-based displacement maps, textures and mattes.
The Vector Paint and Fractal Noise tools are included in the After Effects 5.0 Production Bundle version. In addition to Shatter, Vector Paint and Fractal Noise, new effects available inside of After Effects 5.0 include Radio Waves, Colorama, and Optics Compensation.