Gentle Giant Studios in Burbank, California, has used Paraform since the program's inception for creating models for films and prototypes for toys. Although Version 1.5 has just been released and the company has not yet had the chance to use the points-to-polygons feature, "We're excited about it," says technical director Steve Chapman, "because we just bought two different scanners, and we're saving about $35K [with Paraform 1.5] because the software that came with the scanners would have cost $50K."
Paraform 1.5 pricing starts at $17,000 for a package running on either Microsoft Windows NT or SGI Irix operating systems.
In addition, the company is offering the points-to-polygons functionality of the program free of charge to "qualified users" via its Web site. The free version is called Points2Polys and runs on the Windows NT platform. (Paraform; Santa Clara, CA; 408-855 4300; www.paraform.com)