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Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win

Professional level 3D modeling and animation software for creative designers

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Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win is Strata's professional-level 3D modeling and animation software for Windows/Mac that delivers end-to-end power for the entire 3D design workflow. Quickly bring your creative ideas to life with a simplified learning curve, tight integration with Adobe Photoshop and award-winning rendering quality rivaling any software at any price.


All the power in one integrated solution
With integrated modeling and scene composition so you can get to the final high-quality images and animations that professional studios demand.
Simplified 3D learning curve
With a user interface and tools that are familiar to today's 2D designers, Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 eases the learning curve for 2D designers who are new to 3D.
Model anything in 3D or import existing 3D assets
Easily manipulate your polygons, splines, and primitives into any 3D object or scene. Utilize a host of filters and options to accurately import third-party 3D models and scenes.
Apply surface textures with precision
Gain access to powerful tools to create, apply and manipulate surface textures with beautifully accurate results.
Sophisticated Lighting, Backgrounds & Cameras
Position your 3D objects and then place lights, reflection panels, cameras, backgrounds, environments, reflection elements and more to produce a superior final render or animation for your design project.
Render photo-real images and animations at blazing speed
Design 3D is well known for its extraordinary rendering technology, whether you're after photo-realistic results or some other style for your static or motion graphics.
Learn Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win online at Strata 3D University
Strata 3D University makes it simple to find the subject of interest and quickly get up to speed with short, informative videos created by professional 3D designers.
Share Your Vision in 3D, VR and AR
Output to the latest technologies to share your work:
3D Printing
Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality


Drawing Features
Import 2D elements from applications like Adobe Illustrator or draw 2D and 3D objects directly in Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win.
  • 2D/3D Text
  • 2D Drawing Tools (rectangles, ellipsis, etc.)
  • 3D Primitives (cubes, spheres, etc.)
  • Spline Curves (Bezier lines/regions)
Modeling Features
Model using familiar Bezier splines, but now in 3D: traditional polys- but now with Quad Polysplines (subdivision surfaces); MetaSurfaces to meld objects together; Extrude and Lathe; Boolean to combine or subtract: Skin; Mirror and more!
View Features
Examine artwork from any angle with split-able views, connected views, multiple views, depth cueing and even special views for cameras and light sources. OpenGL gives you quick previews while LiveRay gives you photo-real previews.
Environment Features
Enjoy many options and an easy to use interface to control your "environment".
Lighting Features
Design 3D gives you point lights, spotlights, global sun-style lights, environment based lightdomes, High Dynamic Range Image lighting, glowing surfaces, gels – all unlimited and fully controllable.
Special Effects Features
Spice up your images and animations with special effects like Lens Flare, Auras, Particles – and the new Script FX. 
Scripting Features
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win includes a Lua based scripting language. 
With Lua you can script shaders and textures to: access the rendering pipeline; lens scripting for the creation of custom lenses, effects and warps; Filter FX which allows you to write custom Lua scripts to apply filters based on an object's surface normal, direction, lighting, volume, and by pixel color, depth, transparency, layer within the psd file – and much, much more. 
Rendering Features
The core of what makes Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win so good – and what it's famous for – is the high quality rendering.
Animation Features
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win takes a simple approach to animation: Everything can be animated. And it takes a simple approach to controlling animation: keyframes, a timeline, and scripting. Even if you've never booted it up, you already know how to use it.
Texturing Features
"What if" is as simple as drag-and-drop in Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win. Select from the palette of hundreds of pre-made surface textures or make your own using features like live-linking to native Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files – make a change in Photoshop or Illustrator and Strata Design 3D CX automatically updates the model surface.
Camera Features
A great camera can make even the novice photographer look good. Just think of what Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Win will do for you with all these imaging options at your fingertips. These options include four kinds of motion blur, depth of field, and six styles of cameras including panoramic.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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Worst of the Worst

If you want a 3D package that works, stay away from this one. I purchased te Strata CX Pro (version 4.0) and had nothing but problems. When I loaded it, and tried to open it, all it did was freeze up, and then the entire screen turned white. I posted on the StratasCafe forum, and received an immediate answer from a Strata Rep (good service for bad product) and received a link to a posting on the forum that explained in detail some major problems with Strata, which the company blames on the Graphics Accelerator card manufacturers. Apparenty if you have anything other than an onboard graphics system (built in to your main board) then you will have major problems with this program. Since there are so many different possibilities with these cards, nobody can quite explain what it is on each card that helps fix the problem. One person suggested to turn tha hardware acceleration completely off, which allowed me to open the program, but everything moved really choppy and it was horrible (I have a 512mb graphics card). After battling with this program for awhile I gave it away (I couldn't justify re-selling a piece of junk like this) Hey folks, even Blender runs better than this ... you would be better off downloading it from free at Blender.Org than shelling out more that the price of the plastic and cardboard for this sorry software.

And get this ... Strata puts all the blame on the graphics card manufacturers!!! I currently have laoded, and work in Newtek Lightwave 9.0, Carrara 3d Pro 5.0, Adobe Photoshop cs2, After Effects and Premier, Vue Infinite 5.0, Amapi 3d Pro 7.0, and several other programs, and I have never seen anything like this ... all the other programs on the market work just fine with all the major graphics accelerator cards.

So, in a nutshell, if you want to avoid wasting several weeks or months trying to get this up and running, don't buy it. If you have a generic storebought proprietary machine, this may be the product for you ... but don't buy it...

Best pack for the money

I've been looking for a good 3D package for a while, and Strata 3D was exactly what I was looking for, easy to use, very good render quality and good integration with Photoshop and affordable. On top of that, the support from Strata on their forums is simply the best I've seen for software. 5 Stars !

Potential buyers

I really didn't give Strata a fair chance since it was a bit different for the CAD products I work with and an not too easy to get use to. However, from the little I did see I would recommend giving it a try. It produced some incredibly realistic renders.

Excellent Product

Great image quality, and unmatched support from the company and related forums.

By far - this is their strongest effort.