Strata 3D was one of the first commercial 3D animation programs available. The new version, CX, has several layers of features including modeling, lighting, animating, texturing, and of course, rendering. Rendering is where Strata shines, producing dramatically realistic rendered images. The software does tend to render quite slowly, but is great for producing production quality high res images and short animations.
Strata’s interface will appeal to those familiar with Photoshop, as they are similar in many ways. The software is most suited for 3D logos and artwork, exporting files in Adobe Illistrator, EPS, and/or Flash format. As far as price goes, Strata is available for around $700 U.S. While most artists would be satisfied with using Strata 3D, there are other programs available with just as many features for less money.
Some Features Of Strata 3D (From The Strata Website):
Strata 3D CX 5.0 adds tremendous power while becoming even more user-friendly. Workflow and tools are now more familiar than ever to Adobe customers. More power for modeling, animating - and now scripting - have been added to Strata 3D CX 5.0. In short, this is the most important 3D application release for designers, illustrators and mixed-media artists - ever.
Entering a new world can be confusing. Strata 3D CX takes artists into the third-dimension using familiar and friendly interface elements that make the journey a pleasure. New palette features such as Docking, Stacking, Expert Settings and Auto-Collapse have been added. The new Status palette includes a History tab for multiple undos. Strata 3D CX 5.0 works the way you expect.
Strata 3D CX 5.0 provides new scripting power via the popular Lua scripting language. Used by a host of 3D games and engines, Lua gives the user the power to add almost any feature or effect they desire. And for those not inclined to do scripting they can rely on an army of third-party developers and users to create and share new scripts. Scripts that ship with Strata 3D CX 5.0 include Twist, Bend, Wave and more.
Strata 3D Software:
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