May 10, 2007

Caligari Releases trueSpace Version 7.5

Mountain View, Calif. - Caligari Corporation, maker of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation software, has announced the availability of trueSpace7.5.

Version 7.5 features a number of enhancements, including new character posing, aniimation, modeling, rendering and collaborative tools, as well as a more simplified environment.

Version 7.5 offers new character and animation tools so users can rapidly create animations using a combination of different techniques, including keyframes, motion capture, physics simulation, mathematical procedures, and scripts, all seamlessly blended inside a single animation editor. For example, one can animate a car using physics then cause it to collide with a character walking via motion capture. The character then collapses using IK combined with physics and, finally, the entire animation sequence is perfected using manual key-frames. For the first time, users can quickly create complex animation sequences like this within trueSpace.
In trueSpace7.5, a new set of polygonal and subdivision modeling tools offer advanced snapping, visual inference guides, edge loops, and new soft paint and displacement paint tools that let users “paint” geometry on existing surfaces. For surfacing, there are new material and UV editors, both operating in the real-time photorealistic workspace. trueSpace7.5 also includes hair/fur modeling and grooming tools for creation of realistic hair.

The optional V-Ray render engine is now native to the real-time workspace and integrates several new features including animation support, depth of field, improved handling of non-metallic reflections, and more. 
The real-time photorealistic rendering in the trueSpace7.5 workspace offers soft shadows, transparencies, reflections and mirrors, sophisticated materials, handling of HDRI backgrounds, and more. This workspace provides unrivaled feedback during modeling, texturing, layout, lighting or animation. In many cases, the real-time video output quality is high enough for live video output directly to the hard drive for web or broadcast presentations. 
trueSpace7.5 is the only 3D authoring application that allows distributed users to work in the same
3D space on the same object at the same time. Non-trueSpace owners can also enter a 3D space to view objects, thanks to the freely distributable truePlay application. This allows 3D artists to work in real-time with their non-technical clients. For example, an architect may “lead” his customers through their new house design online and make changes immediately. trueSpace7.5 users can create online 3D spaces for people to meet and share images, music and games as well as business collaboration spaces or online learning environments.

trueSpace7.5 is available for $595 with upgrade pricing for previous versions starting at $199. V-Ray 1.5 is $299.