- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 13 June 2001
Mac3D news: Hot new tools from Japan need US attention
Architosh received word from reader Carlos Camacho, who is the editor of iDevGames.com and a self-proclaimed Macintosh 3D Nut. He wanted to bring a couple of items to our attention:
I have two news items for you...
ExpressionTools (http://www.expressiontools.com/) has released "ETShade."
In Japan, Strata had a great market share for the under $1000 price range for a long time. New Tek's Lightwave 3D ate away some of this market share over the last few years. Then ExpressionTools (Japanese company) buzz grew with each new version of its Shade line. The line ranges from entry level $99 all the way to the top of line Pro 5 version. Its strength is modeling and rendering. It excels at character modeling, which is the most sought after work in Japan for 3d artists. The English version
Carlos recommends Architosh readers download the demo of ETShade and give it a spin. (http://www.expressiontools.com/getdemo/index.html)
Although your readers may not read Japanese, their Japanese site has links to great artists using Shade. Their work is amazing. I think if ExpressionTools can find a direct distributor overseas, they can truly compete in the 3d market. I urge your readers to ask ExpressionTools to make English versions available for their less-costly versions of Shade too.
We have noted ETShade in our DPG: Digital Practice Guide and have mentioned it in past news. The rendering of light is very impressive in some architectural and environmental examples by Japanese users. We hope some of you take the time to consider ETShade and the free demo.
The second item Carlos mentioned involves free 3D software. Read about it here.
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