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The Mac-Only Cheetah3D Gets Biggest Update Ever in Version 7

Five years in the making, the new Cheetah3D 7.0 is officially out. New Mac-only 3D software tool boasts new unbiased renderer and many new features.


This month German software company MW3D Solutions announced the release of Cheetah3D 7.0.

Dr. Martin Wengenmayer, its developer, stated that this is by far the largest update to Cheetah ever and version 7 has been five years in the making. So let’s look at what is new.

New In Cheetah3D 7.0

Cheetah3D 7 reportedly has large sections of its core completely rewritten and modernized, laying the foundation for subsequent point releases and making the overall program leaner and faster.

Key Takeaway

Cheetah3D v7.0 has been re-architected at a foundational level, likely tapping into Apple’s latest graphics APIs like Metal. An updated UI reflects internal “leaning” of the code base with the big new feature being its new unbiased renderer.

The biggest new feature in v7.0 is the new unbiased render engine (Falcon) which will build the foundation of the rendering updates in years to come. There is also a new Boolean (CSG) system with greatly improved operations ideal for users interested in 3D printing.

01 – German-made Cheetah3D 7.0 is new and out and supports new Booleans with NGon support. (image: MW3D / Architosh. All rights reserved.)

Here is a listing of some of Cheetah3D v7’s new features.

  • New unbiased renderer (Falcon) — uni-directional path tracer will serve as foundation for future rendering improvements.
  • New Booleans which support NGons
  • Big new UI update — the new version feels cleaned up in appearance
  • Support for Movie Textures — this means model surfaces can contain textures which are actually movies. This is useful for environmental modeling like architecture and exhibit design.
  • Soft selections
  • Collada import
  • Object Layers
  • Full OpenEXR workflow
  • Integration of macOS sharing services — means you can quickly utilize core OS features to do things like uploading images to Facebook, Twitter, etc..
  • Compatible with macOS High Sierra — latest Macs are supported
  • Extended Javascript API
  • Hundreds of other new improvements…. (see list here)

Pricing, Availability and System Support

Cheetah3D 7.0 costs $99.USD for a single-user license. Customers can upgrade from older versions for $59.USD. For customers who purchased the previous release after April 1 this year the new release is free.

02 – Cheetah3D v7 comes with a brand new unbiased renderer (Falcon) that will lay the foundation for future rendering improvements for years to come. (image: MW3D / Architosh. All rights reserved.)

Cheetah3D 7.0 is available only in the English language. A trial version is here.

System requirements include a 64-bit Intel CPU and macOS 10.6.8 or newer.


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