| In this interview about GESTEL's solidThinking
5.1 for Macintosh, architosh editor, Anthony Frausto-Robledo,
talks to Alessandro (Alex) Mazzardo of EVOQE s.r.l., the publisher/distributor
of solidThinking, about Industrial Design and how solidThinking
5.1 for Mac servers this market.
Industrial Design on the Macintosh
AFR. Recently at Architosh we have been getting lots
of interest in CAD and 3D applications for industrial designers
and product design. Is solidThinking for Mac directed at this
a professional CAID (Computer Aided Industrial Design) software...that
is, software developed to meet the specific needs of industrial
designers and style centers.
Industrial designers rely on CAID
products like solidThinking to blend aesthetics and ergonomics
with functionality in the form of cars, watches, bottles,
jewels, mobile phones, product packaging--all of the designed
objects that surround us every day. This is evident if you
look at a partial list of our customers. You will find almost
any kind of manufacturing industry.
AFR. How is solidThinking different from other rival
products, such as Cobalt by Ashlar Vellum?
I am not going to talk of one in particular but I can mention
some of our compelling advantages:
First off, we offer State-of-the-art
NURBS modeling as well as polygonal modeling.
Also, although solidThinking is a
professional application, user interface and workflow contribute
to make it accessible to creative users. solidThinking does
not require a dedicated operator like other competitors.
Full support of OpenGL graphics libraries
grants the highest interactivity during any modeling phase.
Secondly, our Construction History
is one of today's most reliable on the entire market and it
is one of the key reasons for our success. Construction History
makes a great difference for designers. With solidThinking
they can create more design alternatives and even invent shapes
they had not imagined before experimenting with solidThinking.
This is what a lot of our customers report to us. solidThinking
reflects a designer's changes to form or surface qualities
instantly. No other tool offers comparable flexibility.
Add that solidThinking offers the most
advanced modeling tools and support of all industry leading
rendering techniques (hidden line, scan-line, ray tracing,
Radiosity) and you have a market-leading application.
Last but not least: we are available
on both Windows and Macintosh, and this has been proven to
be very important to us.
AFR. Is solidThinking a true Mac OS X app? Does it
take advantage of the Apple OpenGL and Aqua API's?
Yes, it is. Mac OS X is a great operating system, stable,
reliable, with a beautiful UI and a high degree of OpenGL
integration. solidThinking takes advantage from that being
a native Mach-O application fully integrated with Aqua and
OpenGL. We did not recompile our OS 9 source code...we created
a whole new application, more stable and more integrated with
AFR. What rendering engine is inside solidThinking?
Do you use LightWorks? And if so do you take advantage of
multiple processors for rendering?
At the moment I would rather not talk about this because of
current development work.
AFR. Where is most of your solidThinking user base?
Europe and the Far East...but also the US market is now ready
for solidThinking. We now have VAR's (value-added resellers)
and Authorized Training Specialists and many others will follow
soon. We are going to establish a direct presence in the USA
Most of our customers are Industrial
Designers and Manufacturing Industries. But many others are
in Illustration, Advertising and Architecture.
AFR. Where are you taking solidThinking in the future?
Can you outline some directions you are working on?
Our main objective--and solidThinking VANTAGE is our first
step in this direction--is the development of an innovative
solution which mixes CAD and CAID features. We will then be
able to offer the user what they want: accuracy and precision
of CAD and flexibility/productivity of CAID all in one. Think
of engineers and designers using the same tool!
AFR. Gestel used to make other 3D products. Do you
have any other plans to bring those products to Mac OS X too?
What will happen to Tilery?
Yes, we plan to make them available as plug-ins for solidThinking.
We will soon start to port them to Mac OS X.
AFR. Thanks Alex. It was great to hear about your
products and your future.
Sure. Thanks for the time.