solidThinking 6.5 now shipping!
New features and performance enhancements provide an accelerated environment for creative design
Vicenza, July 14, 2005 - solidThinking Ltd and EVOQE today announced the immediate availability of solidThinking 6.5. This latest release, which ships simultaneously for Windows and Mac OS X, once again advances the standard of NURBS modeling in terms of power and usability, while providing a seamless visualization environment to easily analyze and communicate design ideas.
solidThinking 6.5 adds innovative new tools, along with dramatic enhancements to its existing, industry-leading tools. The interface has also been streamlined to make learning and using solidThinking even easier, and new visual guides have been added to further increase productivity.
Innovations and Enhancements in solidThinking 6.5 include:
Create a single, continuous surface by sweeping one or more profile curves along one or more rail curves. Rotation and interpolation of profiles, as well as the overall complexity of the surface, can be easily controlled.
Create a single continuous surface by sweeping one or more profile curves between a common rotational point and a control rail curve. Rotation and interpolation of profiles, as well as the overall complexity of the surface, can be controlled.
Interactive surface intersection
Selectively and interactively trim multiple surfaces at their intersections, while maintaining construction history. Any changes to the source objects will be reflected in the Intersect CT object, and the surfaces and faces to split or remove can be manipulated at any time.
Interactive and precise numeric control over MetaCurve start and end conditions, such as angle, elevation, and tangent length, as well as options for clamping the MetaCurve to any other curve in the scene for tangency and attachment.
Automatic continuous edge selection and new Blend continuity options for G1-G3 rounds with greater control for smoothness and shape.
Multiple surfaces can now be patched between.
PixelMap and HeightfField
Thanks to the new Flip option, the orientation of the image map can be changed without changing the surface or the image itself.
Shelling and SolidOffset
Speed and accuracy of these modeling tools have been particularly improved when handling analytical surfaces.
Surfaces from profiles
Surface parameterization has been optimized to create better profile surfaces.
Streamlined and improved user interface, including new icon arrangements and visual placement and snap cues.
Improved kernel speed
Calculation performance increased in many areas, including performing modeling functions on analytical surfaces.
Multi-processor support for Mac OS X
6.5 adds multi-processor support for Mac OS X versions. Users will see significant speed increases when rendering on multiprocessor machines.
Increased compatibility with external applications. Including blend continuity and smoothness options.
The solidThinking Product Line
The solidThinking product line is composed of three different versions targeted to different users including solidThinking FORMA, the easy to use NURBS modeler with "never-seen-before-in-this-class" modeling tools, solidThinking DESIGN, the professional surface modeling and rendering solution for industrial designers, style centers and CG artists and solidThinking VANTAGE, the high-end CAID solution for the most demanding industrial designer with engineering needs.
The Power of Construction History
Both solidThinking DESIGN 6.5 and solidThinking VANTAGE 6.5 are built around the most interactive and powerful construction history available today. Objects are quickly and efficiently rebuilt as you manipulate their source objects or parameters, eliminating repetitive tasks and increasing flexibility. Interactive surface and curve analysis tools provide instant visual feedback for precise and accurate manipulations during the design process.
Advanced Communication Tools
The unique and powerful tools in solidThinking 6.5 are communicated to the user through the fluid and familiar interface, reducing the learning curve and increasing productivity. As each stage of a design has been realized, solidThinking provides all the tools to communicate the intent to others through advanced rendering, animation, VET and QuickTime VR output, powerful file interchange and CAD interoperability.
For a more detailed overview of solidThinking 6.5 visit www.solidthinking.com
Special Extras for July and August orders
July and August orders of solidThinking DESIGN and solidThinking VANTAGE will include:
- a free solidThinking Techniques book, with 490 pages of illustrated tutorials and tips;
- free access to the "Learning solidThinking" web training sessions starting in September, providing the solidThinking fundamentals.
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Windows NT/2000/XP and Mac OS X
EVOQE, the publisher of the entire solidThinking product line, is focused on aggressive innovation and development, end-to-end support and training, and value-driven software solutions for all levels of industry and design.
About solidThinking Ltd.
solidThinking Ltd. develops advanced 3D solutions for professional designers and artists emphasizing technological innovation and hardware independence. solidThinking Ltd. is dedicated to creating computer aids that improve not solely production, but that also enhance design creativity.
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