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Chapter 7. 3-D Tools > Modelers and Renderers

Modelers and Renderers

3-D modeling and rendering programs are designed exclusively for building models and creating still renderings; they don't have any significant animation capabilities of their own. An excellent example is Form•z by Autodessys (for Mac and Windows). Form•zgreat advantage for Web animation is the capability to automatically generate photorealistic Quick-Time VR panoramas and object movies from any model.

Form•z RenderZone

Form•z, which runs on both Macs and Windows, is one of the most powerful 3-D modelers available on any platform. It uses a combination of surface and solid modeling, and it has a rich variety of modeling tools that let you build almost any type of object. The program is particularly well suited to polygonal modeling (as opposed to modeling with spline or NuRBS patches), and as a result, it is better for building architectural and mechanical forms than it is for making organic objects and characters. The RenderZone version adds powerful realistic texture mapping and rendering, including the capability to render QuickTime VR objects and panoramas.


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