Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac 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 Mac 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
Import 2D elements from applications like Adobe Illustrator or draw 2D and 3D objects directly in Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac.
2D Drawing Tools (rectangles, ellipsis, etc.)
3D Primitives (cubes, spheres, etc.)
Spline Curves (Bezier lines/regions)
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!
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.
Enjoy many options and an easy to use interface to control your "environment".
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.
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac 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.
The core of what makes Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac so good – and what it's famous for – is the high quality rendering.
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac 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.
"What if" is as simple as drag-and-drop in Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac. 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.
A great camera can make even the novice photographer look good. Just think of what Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac 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.