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Showing posts from February, 2009

A/CAD LT Express? It will be DoubleCAD

The free alternative to AutoCAD LT, announced by IMSI initially under the name of A/CAD, will be called DoubleCAD. It is meant to be "better than LT", 2D-CAD including compatibility with all DWG versions, self-healing walls (compatible with AutoCAD Architecture), etc... Windows-only, as usual. The "Pro" version should be about half the price of LT, which bases it somewhere around $500-$700.

Not free, but new: LightWave CORE

Newtek, developer of the popular LightWave 3D modeling, rendering and animation software, will soon release its next generation engine: LightWave CORE. It will be more expensive (+/- $1500) than current LightWave (+/- $800), with higher subscription pricing (+/- 500), but more open for customization: CSS-based user interface, same Software Developers Kit as internal Newtek team and cross-platform: Windows, OSX and Linux, in 32 and 64-bit. It uses Qt for the GUI, Python for scripting, C++ for development and Collada as file format (extended, I assume). It looks like a mixture of modern development, but still in the context of traditional desktop applications, which seems appropriate for animation software.

bonzai3d public beta

Autodessys, the makers of FormZ, will soon release bonzai3d, a new generation modeling application, for a "low" price ($500). It is meant to be easy to use, accurate and still pretty powerful. I assume it will be positioned as an entry-level program, competing with SketchUp, but more focusing on curved, freeform geometry. And assumably, there will be a migration path to FormZ as a more complete solution. Check the information about the Open Beta on . For Mac OSX and Windows.