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Professional level 3D modeling and animation software for creative designers on Mac OS.
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 AdobePhotoshop and
award-winning rendering quality rivaling any software at any price.
All the power in one integrated solution
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac gives you all the tools you need to complete professional 3D projects. This includes integrated modeling and scene composition so
you can get to the final high quality images and animations that professional studios demand. Even though Design 3D is a stand-alone solution,
it's still connected to the other tools and resources you need so your overall workflow efficiency is maximized.
Simplified 3D learning curve
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac eases the learning curve for 2D designers who are new to 3D. Quick start templates, libraries, predefined effects, backgrounds,
environments and more allow designers to create complex scenes in minutes. With a user interface and tools that are familiar to today's 2D
designers, you invest your time learning 3D design concepts rather than a new design paradigm.
Model anything in 3D or import existing 3D assets
For many, the thought of 3D modeling is a daunting task. Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac offers an extremely friendly modeling toolset and environment for
manipulating your polygons, splines, and primitives into any 3D object or scene you can imagine. If you're working with existing 3D assets, Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac
utilizes a host of filters and options to accurately import third-party 3D models and scenes.
Apply surface textures with precision
In the world of 3D, texturing may just be the most important component in creating convincing final renderings. Once you have
designed your 3D model, Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac gives you powerful tools to create, apply and manipulate surface textures with beautifully accurate results.
Sophisticated Lighting, Backgrounds & Cameras
Scene composition is a critical step in producing stunning images. Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac makes it easier to control the environment than any
photography studio you could imagine. 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, you will find the rendering options to suit your needs and output the results using one of the fastest
rendering engines in the industry.
Learn Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac online at Strata 3D University
Learning 3D doesn't have to be difficult. Especially with Strata's online training library at your fingertips, covering every aspect of
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac and the entire 3D design workflow. 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: Use the Publish 3D command for direct 3D printing, or use STL or one of many other formats Design 3D provides.
Virtual Reality: VR lets you walk directly into your models. Render photoreal, fully immersive images, or use the Publish VR command to push
your models to Strata Spaces VR with the Vive VR headset. Augmented Reality : You can publish directly to AR services and even use
one of the Strata AR platforms. Strata supports all of the key 3D formats
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac makes it easy for 2D designers to get started in 3D. You can import 2D elements from applications like AdobeIllustrator or you can 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)
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Macoffers an incredible array of modeling options. You can 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!
Unlike your favorite 2D applications, Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac gives you the opportunity to examine artwork from any angle. With the power of 3D
perspective comes new challenges for control. Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac rises to the occasion 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.
Sometimes great design is about the "negative space" – the area that surrounds your 3D model. Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac gives you many options and an
easy to use interface to control your "environment".
You've heard of "looks good in any light" – now you've found the tool that gives you that elusive "any light". Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac 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
Any image or animation can be spiced up with special effects like Lens Flare, Auras, Particles – and the new Script FX. Add
multiple effects, place effects on any object, even animate the effects.
Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac includes a Lua based scripting language. Lua is a widely used language, particularly in gaming, with companies like Blizzard
(World of Warcraft), Criterion Studios (NBA Ballers, ESPN Major League Baseball), BioWare (Neverwinter Nights), UbiSoft (Far Cry), Double Fine
Productions (Psychonauts), Nival Interactive (Blitzkrieg) and many more. Even new favorites, such as Adobe Lightroom, utilize Lua.
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. In fact, Design 3D comes with a whole series of
special effect shaders created using Lua. These "Script FX" let you do things like bounce, vibrate, alter acceleration and more. Each Script FX
gives access to the full Lua source code, so you can edit them if you like.
Additional features are implemented directly in Lua throughout Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 for Mac such as Match Motion and Instance Node Control. If you're somebody who's
interested in scripting, Lua gives you the opportunity to extend Design 3D in a variety of important ways.
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. Rendering is the process
of taking the design you worked to put together and creating the final image.
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 AdobePhotoshop 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 finger tips. These options include four kinds of motion blur, depth of field, and six styles of cameras including panoramic.