News

2011-10-29

New Photon Map Examples

After the recent news about the new Photon Map feature, some users asked us to publish more example images. Jason Saunders from Pixel Perfect kindly sent us the following two images:

Exterior scene
Interior scene

2011-09-29

Realsoft 3D development news

Realsoft 3D version 8 will include an advanced photon mapping toolkit. Thanks to some ground breaking innovations in noise reduction, photon map can be rendered directly without so called Final Gathering stage. This means that the static photon map can be computed once and reused many times in successive animation frames very quickly.

The first example, a walktrough in the well known sponza atrium scene was rendered this way. Once the time consuming photon map computation was done, rendering took only 20 seconds per frame in a modest dual core computer.

A static photon map can also be combined with a dynamically computed GI solution. The second example demonstrates this. The moving item uses the standard GI shader of Realsoft 3D v7, whereas the rest of the scene is illuminated with a static photon map. Here the GI shader uses low, quickly computed recursion depth, because the photon mapped illumination distributes the light sufficiently.

2010-10-07

Tutorial pages opened at realsoft.com

New video tutorials are now available in the Tutorials area of www.realsoft.com . The first set of uploaded video clips match some important tutorials of the user manual. The clips show the required steps for users who are working trough the mentioned manual sections. More tutorials from Realsoft and the users will be published regularly.

2009-12-07

Realsoft 3D v.7 for Windows released

The Windows version of the new Realsoft 3D version 7 is now available. Some highlights of the new features:

  • Render engine's memory management has been redesigned. The allocated memory is now split into a common, scene specific part, and to a render thread specific optimization part. This improves memory management dramatically in multi-core machines. A dual core system can typically render 50 % more complex scenes, a quad core 2 times and an eight core system 3-4 times more complex scenes than before.
  • Ray tracing is typically 10-20 % faster than V6 with all kinds of scenes.
  • Bottlenecks related to ray tracing detailed polygon models optimized. One million face triset model rendered using 16*12 render boxes renders now almost 10 times faster!
  • A new Walkthrough rendering mode for fast rendering of static (architectural etc.) scenes
  • Ray tracing visible measuring objects
  • Efficient analytic Lathe and Tube compound tools. Creating rotational shapes can't get easier.
  • Easy Real3D-like Twist tool
  • New animation tools: Warp, Noise and Shrink Wrap modifiers
  • Motion curve tracker tool
  • True volumetric explosions
  • New particle tools for surface distribution, emitters, and volume filling. The tools provide easy particle flow and lifetime controls.
  • Full support for OpenEXR image format
  • 2D vector export from viewports (PostScript format supported)
  • Automatic density control for snapping grids

You can buy the new product version from the web shop at realsoft.com. Upgrade from older versions of Realsoft 3D costs 150 euros.

Versions for other platforms (Linux, SGI Irix, Mac OSX) will be released in the near future.

An updated trial version 7 will become available at this website in January 2010.

For more information about the new features, check out the version 7 feature summary.

2008-12-23

Season's Greetings

Dear Realsoft 3D users:

Warm thanks for your support during the year 2008. Development for the next version 7 is proceeding at full speed, and we plan to release the next version during 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2009.

We wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009!

Realsoft Graphics Team

2008-11-11

Realsoft 3D Version 6 for Mac OS X

Realsoft 3D v.6 for Mac OS X on Intel and PowerPC architectures is now available. The required OS version is Panther or newer.

Realsoft 3D for Mac OS X costs 300 Euros at the web shop of realsoft com. Owners of a Mac version license can download their free uppgrade from the Software Updates area of realsoft.com.

2008-07-01

Realsoft 3D v6 for Linux Released

Realsoft 3D v.6 SP1 for Linux is now available. It runs on most modern Linux distributions, such as RedHat, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware, Mandrake and SUSE. Currently RedHat 9 (glibc-2.3) is the oldest supported distro.

Both RPM and Debian packages are supported, as well as a .sh shell script based setup package, which should work on any Linux system.

Native versions for Intel's x86 and Athlon's x86_64 architectures are available.

Realsoft 3D v6 for Linux costs 200 Euros. An upgrade from an older Realsoft 3D version costs 100 Euros. The upgrade includes the new native 64 bit version.

2008-07-01

Chrono for Linux Released

Chrono, the advanced multibody simulation plugin for Realsoft 3D, is now available for the Linux platforms. Chrono can be used for multibody analysis, complex collision simulations, real-time animation of vehicles and other simulation tasks of complex mechanisms. For more information, check out the DeltaKnowledge Gallery and Chrono feature list.

The plugin is available at the web shop of this website. A Chrono::Studio license cost 150 Euros.

Chrono for Linux requires Realsoft 3D v.6. Both 32 bit and native 64 bit platforms are supported.

2008-06-11

A new Chrono Version Released

A new version of Chrono, the advanced multibody simulation plugin for Realsoft 3D, is now available. Chrono can be used for multibody analysis, complex collision simulations, real-time animation of vehicles and other simulation tasks of complex mechanisms. For more information, check out the DeltaKnowledge Gallery and Chrono feature list.

The plugin is available at the web shop of this website. A Chrono::Studio license cost 150 Euros.

Owners of the orginal 32 bit Chrono can download a free upgrade from the Software Updates area of realsoft.com. An upgrade to the 64 bit Chrono costs 50 Eur + VAT (32 bit site license included).

2008-05-15

SP1 for Version 6 Released

The Service Pack 1 for Realsoft 3D version 6 for Windows platforms is now available in the Software Updates area of realsoft.com. The new version fixes a large number of errors reported after the initial release of version 6, and improves the overall performance of the software.

2007-12-18

Realsoft 3D Version 6 for Windows Platforms Released

The Windows version of the new Realsoft 3D version 6 is now available. Some highlights of the new features:

  • Support for 64 bit platforms and unlimited memory space
  • A game-like navigation system, which supports collision detection, activation of animated objects and easy recording of walk-throughs
  • The context sensitive toolbar now displays frequently needed property controls for selected objects
  • Memory efficient render-time instancing
  • Advanced file instancing supports accurate real time preview
  • Procedural metaball rendering can handle millions of meta items with perfect quality
  • Up to 2 times higher rendering speed
  • Soft selection tools
  • Automated building construction
  • Parametric modeling tools
  • Interactive measuring objects
  • Fractal plant system
  • A new freely distributable viewer application

You can buy the new product version from the web shop at realsoft.com. Upgrade from older versions of Realsoft 3D costs 150 euros.

Versions for other platforms (Linux, SGI Irix, Mac OSX) will be released in the near future.

An updated trial version 6 will become available at this website in January 2008.

2007-12-17

Proceedings on SGI Irix platform

Realsoft 3D for SGI Irix has been updated to Version 5 Service Pack 4 level. Irix users can download the free upgrade from the Software Updates area of this website.

Version 6 upgrade is also under development.

2007-12-16

Realsoft 3D V5 Service Pack 4 for Irix

Realsoft 3D V5 Service Pack 4 released for SGI Irix platform. Registered users can download the program in the Software Updates page.

2007-05-04

Delta Knowledge Releases Advanced Plugins for Realsoft 3D V5

Delta Knowledge has released two plugin products for Realsoft 3D v5.

Chrono::R3D is a multibody simulation software. It can be used for multibody analysis, complex collision simulations, real-time animation of vehicles and other simulation tasks of complex mechanisms.

The plugin is available in two versions. The entry level Chrono::R3D Studio plugin costs 150 Euros, and the more extensive Chrono::R3D Extreme edition costs 320 Euros. Both plugins have the same simulation features, but the extreme edition has the ability to save save plots and graphs of recorded variables.

Delta Knowledge has given the following generous introduction offer: Customers, who purchase the Chrono::R3D plugin before the 6th of June 2007, will get the Extreme edition at the cost of the Studio edition! You can purchase the plugin from the web shop of www.realsoft.com.

Chrono simulation system is also available as a standalone middleware product. Software developers can easily take advantage of the advanced algorithms contained in the CHRONO::ENGINE library. For more information, please visit deltaknowledge.com.

The second released plugin is Revolution4D. This plugin expands the modeling features of the Realsoft3D software by integrating the functionality of the OpenCASCADE geometric kernel. For example, Revolution4D can load complex 3D models generated by high-end CAD modelers in STEP or IGES formats. Revolution4D is available free of cost in the Software Updates area of realsoft.com.

Chrono and Revolution4D are first released for the Windows platforms. They require the latest Realsoft 3D v5 SP4.

2007-05-01

Realsoft 3D V5.1 Service Pack 4

Service Pack 4 is now available for the registered users at the Software Updates area of realsoft.com. This new version introduces a few new features needed by Chrono, Revolution4D and DynAtomic plugins.

2006-12-18

Realsoft 3D for Mac OSX released

Realsoft 3D v.5 SP3 for Mac OSX is now available at the web shop of realsoft.com. The new product is first sold as a commercial beta, and the price has been discounted respectively. The price (300 Euros + VAT) includes free upgrades to the final version.

A site license for users who already own a Realsoft 3D license costs 100 Euros.

Versions for PowerPC and Intel hardware platforms are available. The required OS version is Panther or newer.

Some example screenshots:

Image 1 : The user interface. The View window shows a preview of the scene in shaded OpenGL mode.
Image 2 : The same scene ray traced.
Image 3 : Another photorealistic scene by Tim Borgmann.
Image 4 : A glass scene under construction.
Image 5 : The Object property window.

2006-01-29

New cover CD and tutorial in 3D World and Linux Format

3D World and Linux Format publish an extensive tutorial for Realsoft 3D in their first issues this year. In the tutorial, Tim Borgmann explains some techniques behind his awarded abstract images, which can be seen at www.bt-3d.de . The magazines also include Realsoft 3D v.4.5 Personal License in their cover disks and a great upgrade offer to the latest product version 5.

2005-12-23

Season's Greetings

Warm thanks to our customers and partners for your support.

During this year 2005, two free service packs were released. They included some important new features, such as the new user interface look with customizeable 32-bit icons. However, most development efforts were already targeted to the next version 6, which will become available during the second half of 2006. Many thanks for the useful feedback, which you have sent to us via email and the user forums.

We look forward continuing the co-operation with you during the year 2006.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2005-10-02

Service Pack 2

Realsoft Graphics has released the Service Pack 2 for Realsoft 3D version 5. The new version improves the overall performance of the software and introduces some important new features.

Service Pack 2 gives a major facelift for the user interface look of Realsoft 3D. The program now includes several alpha-blended 32 bit icon sets to suit various tastes and display resolutions. Customization is easy: any tool icon can be changed simply by replacing the respective image file in the icon folder.

Another major improvement is seamless compatibility with SynthEyes motion tracker. The tracking data is imported as a JavaScript program, which automatically sets up the camera with an animated backdrop sequence and other necessary scene details. The user only has to hit the play button to check out the results of the tracking.

SP2 for Windows platforms is available for the registered users of version 5 at the Software Updates area of realsoft.com. Linux and Irix versions will be released in the near future.

2005-02-03

Service Pack 1 for V5 Released

The Service Pack 1 for Realsoft 3D version 5 on Windows is now available in the Software Updates area of realsoft.com. SP1 fixes most program errors, which have been reported to Realsoft after the initial release of version 5. As a free bonus to our loyal customers, some frequently asked new features has been included as well.

One of the new features of SP1 is support for new true color icons. A Windows XP compatible example icon set is available in the Software Updates area. A toolkit, which allows use of the new icons on other operating systems (i.e on those platforms, which do not support alpha channel of icons) will be released in the near future.

The improvements of the Service Pack 1 are already included into the versions for other platforms (Linux, Irix, Mac OSX). Realsoft's development efforts will now be focused on making V5 for these platforms available as soon as possible.

2004-12-22

Seasons Greetings

Thank you for your support during the year 2004. The new Realsoft 3D version 5 was just released successfully, and a new Service Pack release and the Linux Version 5 are almost ready for shipping. Also the Mac OSX version development is proceeding well. We look forward delivering you new software versions in the beginning of the next year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

The Realsoft Team

2004-11-15

Realsoft 3D V.5 for Windows Shipping

The Windows version of the new Realsoft 3D version 5 has been released. Some highlights of the new V5 features:

  • The most accurate hair rendering solution on the market: hairs interact with global illumination, fur details can be examined with a magnifying glass and characters can safely dive under water
  • Automatic, hierarchical, dynamically expandable render network management. Users can, at any time, hook in and out rendering servers and all CPU power becomes automatically used. With the new network rendering tools, user groups can share the management and resources of very large rendering farms easily.
  • Radically improved UV editing toolkit featuring a new, object hierarchy based UV object, which lets you split model geometry into an arbitrary number of overlapping or separate surface areas. UV objects layer locally and efficiently an unlimited amount of textures, shaders and vertex channels.
  • Improved animation interface based on the construction stack approach. The playback window is now loaded with useful functionality for basic animation editing. The choreography editor has also taken a major leap forward, now providing an efficient interface for more advanced animation control.
  • A post shading system. The user can change reflection intensity and color, specular highlights, shadow smoothness and other shading components without going through the time consuming ray tracing phase. The post shading system is open and new object/light source/shader specific controls can be hooked in.
  • Hundreds of speed optimizations and productivity increasing features, such as gradual shader refinement to OpenGL textures as a background thread, undo for all data libraries, general project cleanup (purge) tools, a new painting based edit handle selection, a hole filling tool for easy fixing of imported polygon models, etc.

You can buy the new product version from our Web Shop and from authorized Realsoft 3D dealers.

Pricing (VAT excluded): Realsoft 3D v.5 for Windows 600 EUR/750 USD. Up to 75% educational discounts and a competitive upgrade discount available. For more information about prices, visit the web shop.

Versions for other supported platforms (Linux, SGI Irix, Mac OSX) will be released in the near future.

An updated trial version 5 is under development and will become available at this website in December 2004.

2004-10-01

AC3D Import/Export plug-in

Marc Bayer has implemented AC3D import/export plug-in for the linux version of Realsoft3D. You can download the plug-in from the Software Updates / Linux page.

2004-08-30

New sublicense program for educational institutes

Nonprofit educational institutes, which own a Realsoft 3D license and arrange graphics courses using Realsoft 3D, can now pass totally free sublicenses to their students.

Features

  • Students can install the software during the course to their own computers.
  • After the course, they can continue using the free license for their own commercial or other productions legally.
  • The students have an option to upgrade the free sub license to their own personal license.

For further information contact: sales@realsoft.com

2004-07-13

First pictures of the alpha release of Revolution4D !

Deltaknowledge has been unveiled a new plugin for Realsoft 3D - Revolution4D !

The first snapshots can be seen at Revolution4D pictures.

The plugin brings CAD features in Realsoft3D. Revolution4D is for all Realsoft3D users which need to perform mechanical modeling, architectural design, nurbs design, 3D CAD, etc. http://www.deltaknowledge.com

2004-07-08

Realsoft Graphics announces new educational prices

The educational license of Realsoft 3D V4.5 for Windows now costs only 150 EUR. The educational price of the Linux version is 100 EUR.

With the new lower prices, Realsoft 3D is even more affordable!

Got an earlier version of Realsoft 3D? Check out our new upgrade pricing. The price of the educational Windows upgrade has been reduced to 100 EUR and Linux to 75 EUR.

And don´t miss this: Customers who have purchased a new license or upgrade this year get Realsoft V5 free of cost when it ships.

2004-07-08

New Educational Class Licenses

Realsoft Graphics is pleased to announce two new products for educational licensing:

  • Educational class license for Windows (8 or more seats)
  • Education class license for Linux (8 or more seats)

2004-05-27

New Realsoft 3D dealer

Realsoft Graphics welcomes a new authorised dealer, Jean-Michel Desloges located in Seiches Sur Le Loir, France.

2004-05-10

Expose 2 success

Tim Borgmann's Microscope and Abstract Art images, created in Realsoft 3D, have been chosen into the respected Exposè 2 book. An image of the abstract series received the Abstract and Design 3D Master Award. Congratulations, Tim!

2004-04-09

An update for Realsoft 3D IRIX V4.5 released

The new release supports posix threads and symmetric multi processing. The new revision should render approx. 10% quicker than the old one. Michael Schmeling's plugins included. Registered users can download the new release from Software Updates / IRIX page.

2004-03-24

V5 upgrade offer

The release date of version 5 is getting closer. If you purchase a Realsoft 3D v.4.5 license or upgrade now, you will get version 5 free of cost!

2004-01-24

HDRI image import plugin released

Henrik Nyqvist has written a plugin which reads HDRI images into Realsoft 3D. He kindly made the plugin available to the user community free of charge. Available for Windows, Linux and IRIX.

2004-01-15

Quake3 plug-in released

There is a new plug-in for exporting SDS models to Quake3 arena md3 format. Currently the plug-in is available only for the linux version. Registered linux users can download the plug-in from Software Updates / Linux area.

2003-12-22

Greetings of the Season

Warm thanks to our customers and partners for your support. We wish to send special thanks to those prominent users who have contributed in making Realsoft 3D community famous for its friendliness and helpfulness, by developing great plugins, running user forums, writing publications and tutorials, and helping other users in the mailing list.

The new software version 5 will be ready early next year. We look forward continuing the co-operation with you during the year 2004!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Realsoft Graphics Team

2003-12-02

RealMoca - a motion capture plug-in for Realsoft 3D released

DynaDream has released a motion capture plug-in for Realsoft 3D. The plug-in is called RealMoca and it is available for for Windows and Linux platforms.

2003-11-22

New plug-in from Dynadream

Carlo Lanzotti from Dynadream has written a new plug-in named SDSpecular for Realsoft 3D. The plug-in is available for Windows and Linux platforms.

2003-09-13

Realsoft 3D images included with Exposé 1 book

Tim Borgmann's terrific electron microscope images are included with the book "Exposé 1", which is a collection of finest digital art put together by the highly respected staff of CGtalk. Some of the images were recently presented on the frontpage of CGtalk.

2003-08-08

Realsoft 3D Special Edition for Computer Arts

The August issue of Computer Arts reviews Realsoft 3D modeling features and includes a Realsoft 3D Special Edition in their cover CD.

According to their reviewer, "Realsoft 3D is one hell of a package".

2003-06-03

New version of Realsoft 3D for Irix available

A new updated beta version of Realsoft 3D for Irix/MIPS has been released. The version represents the latest v.4.5/SP1 state of the product (build 26.41b) and is available for all Unix and Windows license owners at the user area of this website. The product can be purchased from the web shop of this site.

2003-06-03

Character animation book

Katharina Sckommodau has written a book (published by Addison-Wesley), which describes in detail how to model a character and attach it to a skeleton in Movie 3D. The book can be used with Realsoft 3D as well, because both programs use the same software architecture. The book can be purchased from Amazon.de. Available in German language only.

2003-05-23

New trial version for Linux available

An updated trial version for Linux operating system is now available at the downloads section of this website. The new trial version shows the functionality of the current commercial v.4.5 beta release for Linux (available at the Web Shop of this site), and allows 60 day free evaluation with the save feature enabled. The new version is built and tested on RedHat 8 and 9, but it should run on all corresponding Linux distributions.

2003-05-05

Computer Arts reviews Realsoft 3D v.4.5

Computer Arts magazine reviews Realsoft 3D in their May 2003 issue. A quote from the article: "In terms of price versus performance, Realsoft 3D is simply unbeatable."

2003-03-24

Service Pack 1 for Realsoft 3D v.4.5 now available

The first service pack for Realsoft 3D v.4.5 introduces several new features and improvements. It also fixes a number of program errors reported by the users.

The service pack is freely available for registered v.4.5 users at the 'Software Updates' area of this website.

2003-02-05

3DWorld reviews Realsoft 3D v.4.5

3DWorld magazine reviews the new version 4.5 in their latest issue. The verdict is 9 points from the feature set and full 10 points from the value for money!

2003-01-30

Web server realsoft.com moved

We have moved our web server www.realsoft.com to a new service provider. During the transfer, most of our internet based services were not available. We apologize the inconvenience caused by this.

2003-01-30

Linux Format reviews Realsoft 3D

Linux Format reviews the linux version of Realsoft 3D. The verdict is 9 points from the feature set and 9 points from the value for money!

2002-12-31

Greetings of the Season

Warm thanks to our customers and partners for their support during the year 2002.

Our latest product release, Realsoft 3D version 4.5, was received well by the users and the press. Development continues intensively and new releases are under way: v.4.5 Service Pack 1 and an updated trial version will become available in the beginning of January. Porting of Realsoft 3D for Mac OSX is also proceeding well.

Successful new year 2003!

The Realsoft Graphics Team

2002-11-03

Realsoft 3D v.4.5 for Linux released

Realsoft Graphics has started shipping the Linux version of the new product release Realsoft 3D v.4.5. Registered users can download their free upgrade from the 'Software updates' area.

2002-10-29

3D worxx reviewed Realsoft 3D version 4.5

The popular German 3D website 3D worxx has reviewed the new product version.

2002-10-23

Realsoft 3D v.4.5 shipping

The new Realsoft 3D v.4.5 is now ready and shipping! The new version introduces global illumination, multi-wavelength ray tracing for accurate spectral caustics and other optical effects, sub-surface scattering for realistic human skin shading, rendering time ray traced surface displacement, quick shadow map based lighting, a new user friendly tabbed toolbar providing a direct access to the modeling tools, hierarchical sub-image network distribution for unlimited render farms over internet at no additional cost, and hundreds of other improvements. You can buy the new product version from our Web Shop and from authorized Realsoft 3D dealers. Pricing (VAT excluded): Realsoft 3D v.4.5 for Windows 700 USD/EUR, Linux version 300 USD/EUR. A 50% educational discount and a competitive upgrade discount available. For more information about prices, visit the web shop. Also the Linux version will become available by the end of October. Registered Linux version owners will be able to download the free update from this website. An updated trial version 4.5 is under development and will become available later in November. For more information about the new features, check out v.4.5 feature summary and the web galleries.

2002-10-11

Version 4.5 development finalized

Realsoft 3D v.4.5 is now ready. The new product will become available in 1-2 weeks. Registered customers will receive instructions how to upgrade by e-mail. If you do not have Realsoft 3D yet, you can subscribe to the 'Information about new products' list to receive a note as soon as the product starts shipping.

2002-08-19

New plug-in for reading Photoshop Images released

Schmeling Consulting has released a plug-in for reading and writing Photoshop images. You can download the plug-in from www.schmeling-consulting.de

2002-07-24

Realsoft 3D Version 4.5

Realsoft 3D Version 4.5 will be released during the third quarter of 2002. Version 4 to 4.5 upgrade will cost 150 USD/EUR (VAT excluded, licenses after Dec 2001 updated free of cost).
The price of a new license will remain at 700 USD/700 EUR.

2002-07-19

Plug-ins for Linux

Plug-ins from Schmeling-consulting are now available for the Realsoft 3D Linux version. Registered users can download them from ftp://ftp.realsoft.com/plugins/linux.

2002-04-30

Plug-in for importing DEM files

Schmeling-consulting has released a plugin for importing Digital Elevation Model (DEM) files from the US Geological Survey into Realsoft3D. Digital Elevation Models are landscape height maps, which are available for the entire US and some other areas of the earth. The plug-in can be downloaded from www.schmeling-consulting.de.

2002-04-14

New 'Wavefront OBJ' plugin released

Schmeling-consulting has released Wavefront OBJ file format plugin for Realsoft 3D.
The plug-in imports Wavefront OBJ files into Realsoft3D and exports geometric objects from Realsoft3D to Wavefront OBJ format. Also uv coordinates are supported enabling texture mapped geometry exchange between Realsoft 3D and other popular 3D programs. For a full list of features, consult the documentation shipped with the plug-in. The plug-in is 'freeware' and can be downloaded from www.schmeling-consulting.de.

2002-02-01

Realman plugin close to release

A new plugin for Realsoft3D - Realman:Materials - is undergoing final preparation for release.

Based on a highly versatile scripting language Realman:Materials offers ultimate flexibilty in the creation of procedural materials.

The plugin will be available in three versions all having the same feature-set but differing in level of support for networked rendering.

Scheduled for release by the end of February 2002.

Full details will be available at www.realman3d.co.uk.

2002-01-26

Realsoft purchased 'realsoft.com'

Realsoft has purchased the domain name 'realsoft.com' to improve Realsoft's visibility in the internet.

The new 'realsoft.com' domain will refer to a new site physically located in the USA. This website will introduce new customer services and improve downloading bandwidth. The 'realsoft.fi' domain will continue its operation as an European mirror site.

All our e-mail addresses work also with the new domain.

The user list, which is currently running on win.net, will be moved into realsoft.com.

2002-01-15

The trial version for Linux updated

An updated trial version for Linux operating system is now available at the Download section of this website. The new trial version shows the functionality of the current commercial beta release for Linux (available at the Web Shop), and allows 30 day free evaluation with the save feature enabled.

2002-01-08

New plug-in from Schmeling-Consulting

Schmeling-Consulting has released a new VSL shader called 'Random Scratches'. This plug-in generates scratch-like surface details. For more information about this plug-in, click http://www.schmeling-consulting.de/rs3d.html.

2001-12-21

Season's Greetings

The year 2001 gave us many favorable magazine reviews and a steady growth of the user base. The product itself matured significantly by the service pack releases.

The next product version 4.5 will be released in April 2002. The new version will introduce hundreds of new features and improvements. Some examples:

  • Improved skeleton control
  • Global illumination and caustics tools
  • Faster rendering methods such as mapped shadows
  • New post effects
  • New VSL objects and features
  • More flexible and efficient network rendering
  • Lots of new scripting tools including JavaScript support
  • Hundreds of bug fixes and usability improvements suggested by the users: bezier type control curves, antialiased outline rendering, 10 times faster glow effect, etc.
  • A reference manual
Upgrade from v.4.x to the new version will cost 150 USD (165 EUR). Licenses purchased after 1st December will be upgraded free of cost.

Greetings of the Season, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our customers!

The Realsoft Graphics Team

2001-12-17

Soft-Artist releases the Adobe Illustrator Importer Plug-in for Realsoft 3D

The latest plug-in from Soft-Artist imports curves and their colors from Adobe Illustrator files into Realsoft 3D. The plug-in officially supports version 3.0 files but everything until version 9.0 should work. Importing can be customized with various parameters, which can be changed from the load file dialog.

You can buy the product from our Web Shop.

2001-12-06

"PC Plus Best Value" award for Realsoft 3D

PC Plus issue 185 reviews the latest Realsoft 3D version. The magazine awards Realsoft 3D an overall score of 9/10 and a value score of 10/10. Check out the review.

2001-11-10

Promethean FX from DAM Entertainment supports Realsoft 3D

PrometheanFX is an easy-to-use particle effects editor and compositor allowing the user to create and composite impressive special effects into pre-rendered animations.

2001-10-14

Plug-ins from Scientific Computing Ltd

CSC-Scientific Computing Ltd. has developed plug-ins for importing PDB (Protein Data Bank) molecule files and volumetric voxel data.
There are two example images at the image gallery pages:

For details (scientific use only) contact Jyrki.Hokkanen@csc.fi.

2001-08-29

Cooperation with AIST

AIST MediaLab AG, a leading provider of software solutions for digital image and video editing, has licensed the 3D rendering technology of Realsoft Graphics for its 'MovieX' product line. Under this arrangement, AIST has already released a 'Movie3D' software product, which is a reduced functionality version of Realsoft 3D v.4.

2001-08-20

IGES plug-in available for the Linux Version

Registered Realsoft 3D Linux users can download the plug-in from Software Updates/Unix pages.

2001-08-07

Realsoft 3D 4.2/release 25.39 available for registered users

Registered users can download the new release fromSoftware Updates pages.

2001-07-29

ElementK Journals reviews Realsoft 3D

Bryan Hoff reviews Realsoft 3D V.4.1 at ElementK Journals.

2001-07-24

Realsoft 3D v.4.2 released on Linux and SGI Irix

Realsoft 3D v.4.2 has been released for Linux (Intel, AMD) and Irix (MIPS). The product is currently sold as a commercial beta, and the price has been discounted respectively. Users who contribute in testing will get the update to the final Linux release without cost.

You can purchase the products from our Web Shop.

Note: Many graphics drivers for Linux are currently also beta versions. You can test the compatibility using the free trial version.

2001-07-21

VRML plug-in for Realsoft 3D V4.2

Soft-Artist has released a plug-in for importing and exporting VRML files. You can purchase the plug-in from our web shop and from our dealers.

2001-07-19

Realsoft 4.2 upgrade available for registered users

The new Realsoft 3D version 4.2 upgrade has been released for registered users. This release improves performance of Subdivision Surface modeling, as well as includes numerous minor improvements suggested by the users.

Registered users can download a free update kit from the Software Updates pages. The pages also instruct how to obtain a new updated install key.

2001-05-22

Realsoft 3D models

If you have created nice Realsoft 3D models and would like to share them, simply mail to gallery@realsoft3d.com and attach your model.

2001-02-25

Realsoft 3D V.4.1 released

The new Realsoft 3D version 4.1 is now ready and available free of charge for registered customers at the 'Software Updates' area of this website. The new version includes an extensive set of new features and speed optimizations, improves OpenGL compatibility and fixes most program errors reported by the users.

Some highlights: SDS face specific materials - unlimited amount of SDS face specific UV coordinates - new SDS editing tools - direct sub channel addressing available in VSL- faster real time drawing via GDI and OpenGL - a new 'Link' object available - improved anti-aliasing and an option to anti-aliase using a new 'blur' post effect.

We will e-mail information of how to download and install the new version to all our customers by the end of February. If you have not registered your license yet or for some reason do not receive the upgrading instructions, please contact info@realsoft3d.com.

2001-02-21

Realsoft 3D V.4.1 trial version released

The free demo version at the productinfo area of this website has been updated to include the latest product version 4.1. The new trial version allows 30 day unlimited use of all program features. Unlike in the previous demo release, project saving is now enabled.

2001-02-21

Computer Graphics World reviewed Realsoft 3D

The latest issue of the famous CGW magazine includes a favorable review of Realsoft 3D.

2001-01-09

New Realsoft 3D reviews published

Planet3DArt has published a comprehensive review of Realsoft 3D. Some quotes:

  • 'Outstanding modeling capabilities'
  • The material/shader engine in Realsoft 3D is very powerful'
  • 'VSL editor is really a damned amazing feature'

Another favorable review was published by the MikroPC magazine in their latest issue 20/2000.

2000-12-23

Realsoft 3D SDK

The SDK for Realsoft 3D V.4 is now available at this website. The new service pack release (Realsoft 3D v.4.1) is required in compilation of the SDK examples. Registered users can start using the SDK with the current beta version. Other users can evaluate the SDK fully with the next demo version release, available in January 2001.

2000-12-11

The success of Realsoft 3D in press reviews continues

'Digital Production' reviewed Realsoft 3D in the latest issue 4/00. Some quotes from this top-quality German magazine for computer graphics professionals:

  • 'The developers of Realsoft 3D have created a great new version.'
  • 'The four pages of this article can only cover a small part of features available in the software, as it has incredible depth.'

2000-12-08

3D World reviewed Realsoft 3D

The popular 3D World magazine reviewed Realsoft 3D. Check the favorable comments at computercreative.com.

2000-10-26

Realsoft 3D-Forum opened

There is now a forum for Realsoft 3D at www.postforum.com. Users of our software and those who consider purchasing it can exchange information here.

2000-10-26

Join the Realsoft 3D Mailing List

Join the Realsoft 3D Mailing list. Through this list you can talk to other Realsoft 3D users around the world. This mailing list is a free membership.

2000-10-25

IGES Plug-in version 1.2

IGES Plug-in version 1.2 available for registered users at Software Updates pages.

2000-10-24

Realsoft 3D v.4 feature summary now available at this web site

The product information pages have been updated. A feature summary is now included.

2000-09-19

Soft-Artist releases the Iges file format plugin

Soft-Artist, a third-party software development company, has released a plugin module for importing and exporting Iges files. The plugin will be distributed by Realsoft, so you can purchase it from our web shop and from our dealers. The list price of the plugin is 170 USD and the educational price is 85 USD.

According to Soft-Artist, VRML and Adobe Illustrator plug-ins will be released soon.


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