Cyber Studio CAD-3D running on an Atari ST in high-resolution
|Stable release||2.02 / 1987|
|Operating system||Atari TOS|
|Type||3D computer graphics|
Cyber Studio CAD-3D (or just CAD-3D) is a 3D modeling and animation package developed by Tom Hudson for the Atari ST computer and published by Antic Software. The package is a precursor to 3D Studio Max.
CAD-3D is a basic polygonal 3D modeling and rendering program. An operator can assemble a scene out of geometric primitives or custom extruded or lathed objects. Various view ports are available to adjust lighting and camera positioning. The limited rendering functionality allows for flat shading in 16 shades. Rendered images can be exported in Degas Elite or NeoChrome format.
By making changes between rendering separate cels, CAD-3D can be used for simple animations. Without its scripting extension Cyber Control changes have to be made by hand.
The first version was published in 1986 titled CAD-3D. It still lacked advanced modeling features (boolean subtraction) and any animation.
In early 1987 Tom Hudson extended the application and renamed it Cyber Studio CAD-3D v.2.02. As of 1987 the software was packaged together with Cybermate, a Forth-based authoring language created by Mark Kimball. This was used to edit, sequence and present the animation files along with sound. The scripts allowed an operator to control when and how fast a video or audio segment played and whether it should loop. In combination with the other scripting language, CyberControl, users were capable to create video animations up to five minutes long.
Antic Software published a variety of related Cyber-products to extend the software's functionality:
- Cyberpaint - A Cell based 2D-painting and animation software
- CyberControl - Scripting language for CyberStudio CAD-3D
- CyberSculpt - An extended modeling software
- CyberTexture - A texturing extension
- "START VOL. 4 NO. 8, Tom Hudson's CAD-3D review: Three-Dimensional Modeling for Everyone", 2010-04-30
- "The Antic Cyber Graphics Software and the Pre-history of Autodesk 3D Studio and Discreet 3ds max", 2009-06-14
- "The history of 3D Studio, Tom Hudson interview", 2010-04-30
- "The history of 3D Studio, Gary Yost interview", 2010-04-30