Curious Labs Inc. has released
Shade 7, the latest version of the company’s all-in-one 3D graphics suite. The upgrade features intuitive Bezier modeling tools, the ability to import 2D designs from Adobe Illustrator, Boolean and polygon mesh modeling, the ability to host and playback scenes created in the company’s animation tool Poser, MagicalSketch, which automatically creates 3D shapes as you draw 2D lines, and more. In addition, the software now supports image sizes up to 2258 x 2258 pixels and integrates with Adobe Photoshop and ArchiCAD, in addition to integrating with Illustrator, Poser and other 2D and 3D graphics applications.
Shade 7 is available in three versions: designer LE, which is aimed at aspiring designers and sells for US$99; standard, a $199 suite for designers, illustrators and graphic artists; and professional, which is $999 and offers advanced modeling, lighting and rendering tools. Upgrades between the various versions are available; check the Curious Web site for details. System requirements were not announced.