Nov 10 2002
Strata 3Dpro 3.8
Strata makes its OS X debut with a better-than-ever version of its popular 3D modeling application.
One of the most versatile 3D environments, Strata delivers its content in more formats than Maya and costs less. And backed by years of experience and a well networked user group, Strata 3Dpro is a force to be reckoned with.
Strata 3.8pro is a true rich media application. Combining its 3d background with the cutting edge technology of the web, Strata brings you the most robust 3D web authoring around. Save 3D objects and renderings as Flash SWF files or render them with Swift 3D’s powerful RAVIX rendering engine for web performance.
Strata 3.8pro, now Carbon, supports multiple processors and takes advantage of your G4′s Velocity Engine. Strata supports full animation and can be used to create VRML and QuickTime VR. Even characteristics like textures can be animated. Animations can be rendered to broadcast quality, even for HDTV.
With new support for caustics (how light behaves after it passes through a transparent object) and a slew of environmental and lighting controls, Strata has enough for even the most detail-oriented artists.
An evaluation of Strata 3Dpro wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the unique user community. The Strata hosted StrataCafe web site features free texture and model downloads as well as contests and a bulletin board. Tips included on the web site are just another reminder that when you use Strata 3D, you are not alone.
Now for the downside. There isn’t actually that much to tell. The learning curve on Strata is a little steep at first, and more tutorials couldn’t hurt, but you’ll find Strata much more accessible than other 3D environments. I do with that multiple undo levels were supported (currently Strata 3Dpro has a single layer undo).
Power, flexibility and a relatively easy learning curve make Strata 3Dpro 3.8 our MacMerc Weapon of Choice for 3D modeling.
Strata 3Dpro 3.8 retail: $695, academic: $449, upgrades $99 and up.