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Cyber Studio CAD-3D running on an Atari ST in high-resolution
|Operating system||Atari TOS|
|Type||3D computer graphics|
The application was a basic polygonal 3D modeling and rendering program. An operator could assemble a scene out of geometric primitives or custom extruded or lathed objects. Various view ports were available to adjust lighting and camera positioning. The limited rendering functionality allowed for flat shading in 16 shades. Rendered images could be exported in Degas Elite or NeoChrome format.
By making changes between rendering separate cels CAD-3D could be used for simple animations. Without its scripting extension Cyber Control changes had to be made by hand.
As of 1987 the software was packaged together with Cybermate, a Forth-based authoring language created by Mark Kimball. This was supposed to be 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 do looping. In combination with the other scripting language CyberControl, users were capable to create video animations of up to five minutes length.
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
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. It was shipped together with CyberMate.
- "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
- "START VOL. 4 NO. 8, Tom Hudson's CAD-3D review: Three-Dimensional Modeling for Everyone", 2010-04-30