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Tidbits: Tech Soft 3D, Vectorworks and Chaos Group News items

Mac CAD and 3D News tidbits include the new book on Vectorworks for Entertainment Design, the latest V-Ray 3.0 for Maya and HOOPS Exchange 2015 technology for ISV’s integrating 3D data into their apps


Tech Soft 3D Announces HOOPS Exchange 2015

Reportedly found in my software seats worldwide than any other data access technology, HOOPS Exchange is one of the best ways to bring 3D data into your application. HOOPS Exchange is an software technology kit that enables a developer’s app to import complete 3D data, including PMI, tessellations and 22 file formats.

New in 2015 is a high performance Parasolid connector, which seamlessly and accurately bridges imported data to the B-Rep modeler found within many applications, and prepares it for accurate modeling within Parasolid. Other improvements include support for reading B-Rep data from Autodesk Inventor files, view and PMI support for SolidWorks format, performance enhancements for IFC, including a 500 percent processing time improvement for some files, and support for CATIA V5-6 2014, Solid Edge ST7, Inventor 2015 and Creo 3.

01 - HOOPS Exchange 2015 adds numerous feature support upgrades including a new Parasolid connector.

01 – HOOPS Exchange 2015 adds numerous feature support upgrades including a new Parasolid connector.

HOOPS Exchange technology is inside the products of companies such as Actify, 3D Systems, GrabCAD, Lagoa and many others.

New Book for Vectorworks in Entertainment Design

Reportedly the first book in the industry tailored specifically for the entertainment professional, Vectorworks for Entertainment Design covers the ins and outs of the program [Vectorworks Spotlight] software for lighting, scenic and sound design.

A detailed look at the design process is uncovered and explored, from ideation to production documentation, the new book will guide the entertainment professional through the steps and workflow of the software for this field. You can find the Vectorworks for Entertainment Design at The Drama Book Shop.

Chaos Group Releases

The Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3.0 for Maya. The latest release raising the bar for Maya rendering realism with powerful new features.

“This is, by far, the most substantial upgrade for our rendering pipeline since we switched to V-Ray five years ago,” said Kirk Shintani, Head of 3D at a52. “The ‘beta’ was stable and amazingly fast, and the staff reaction to 3.0 is summed up with one word, ‘Whoa.’ It’s that kind of fast. It allows us to stay focused on making cool imagery. That’s why we do what we do, isn’t it?”

To read more about this exciting release go here.

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