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Shade 8 Standard from e frontier America
Create detailed design projects with the richest tool set available, all at an impressively low price. Shade 8 is the 3D graphics toolkit for designers, illustrators and architects. Bring your ideas to life quickly with intuitive Bezier curve/surface modeling and sophisticated rendering!
Shade lets you explore many alternatives and produce the best rendering comparable to images by other software costing many times more! Shade's powerful rendering engine includes raytracing, radiosity and Global Illumination. Check out a list of the many features in Shade 8!
Improved User Interface
New Lasso and Trace selection tools provide even more convenient methods of selecting polygons and other objects.
Pan and Zoom tools have been added to the Toolbox for keyboard-free navigation.
Continuous mode allows for multiple tool operations without the hassle of re-selecting tools each time.
The Browser window now offers searchable labels with six different colors, making it easy to find and manage objects in large scenes. The Browser can also be split into multiple views, giving quick access to master surface parts.
An improved ShadeExplorer interface provides previews of rendered images and file information.
Real-time background preview with OpenGL.
Multiple files open in separate tabs within a single Shade environment for easy switching between files (Windows version).
Brand new mesh editing tools provide an easy way to modify your polygon mesh data, all accessable from the new Mesh Toolbox:
Switch between Vertex, Edge, and Face Selection modes for precise control over your polygon meshes.
Belt and Loop selection tools facilitate fast polygon manipulation.
A comprehensive array of mesh editing tools are right at your fingertips. Choose between Offset, Extrude, Detach, Copy, Mirror, and more.
Merge faces and vertices, flip normals, subdivide surfaces and more all with the click of a button.
New ToonRenderer for cartoon or sketch-style images.
New ShadowCatcher makes it possible to render shadows separately from the objects upon which they rest.
Area Rendering, which allows you to select a specific area of a scene to render, has been improved, Now you can move, resize, and save the Area Rendering box for enhanced rendering control and faster results.
A new rendering server, called ShadeGrid, allows you to share rendering calculations between several computers to reduce the rendering time. Shade automatically searches the local area network for all available computers running ShadeGrid and displays the IP addresses in the Preferences dialog.
Callisto 2 renderer enhancements include:
New Metallic and Translucent shaders.
Support for HDRI.
Support for background image mapping.
Radiosity enhancements include:
Support for curved surfaces.
Pixel depth in 32 bits, 64 bits, and 128 bits is supported for all rendering images.
Enhanced OpenGL preview with streamlined options, UV texture mapping preview, and pbuffer support.
Choose one of several preset rendering sizes from the Rendering Options, or create and save your own custom rendering size.
New SmartKinematics works together with Inverse Kinematics (IK) to provide precise control over the posing and animation of complex joints.
New AimConstraints allows you to restrict the orientation of an object so that it always faces toward a specified target.
Enhanced Motion window with improved animation playback.
File Import / Export
PoserFusion 2 supports dynamic hair for even greater Shade – Poser integration.
Import TIFF and OpenEXR images for texture maps and background images, and save rendered images as TIFF or OpenEXR.
Export Adobe Illustrator files.
Import IGES 5.3 files.
Enhanced DXF import / export.
Efficient sharing of texture maps and using the OpenEXR format for storing images reduces file size while preserving image quality.
Fei-Fei and Terai Yuki limited figures, for posing and demonstration purposes, are available free from Content Paradise with purchase of both the standard and professional versions.*
300+ 3D objects are included free with purchase of the standard version.
1,700+ 3D objects available free from Content Paradise with purchase of the professional version.
Over 5,000 objects, such as furniture, building and transportation items, will be made available for future purchase.
*Modifications to Fei-Fei and Terai Yuki cannot be saved, except as rendered output (which will include trademark watermark).
Wow! Shade has a vast available library of highly detailed 3D objects, such as furniture, musical instruments, cars, buildings and much more. We also have extensive libraries on our Content Paradise website!
Volume 1: Interior Design
Tons of fast loading, fashionable furniture that you can quickly arrange to your liking. Get dozens of stylish chairs, tables, sofas, cupboards and more to quickly complete your designs!
Volume 2: City
Create a city! Houses, stores, buildings, schools, hospitals, halls, sports fields. . . for business or for fun, this collection of Shade models is ready for you to use.
Volume 3: Cars and Transport
Add excitement to your Shade scenes with these 690 cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans, buses and more. Or even better, give your Poser characters some wheels with a simple import.
Volume 4: Rock Instruments
Create your own stage or studio with over 150 guitars, basses, drums, amps, PA's and more! Includes four scenes all set up and ready to go.
Volume 5: Orchestral Instruments
Add a musical touch to your 3D scene with this collection of orchestral instruments, all beautifully modeled and rendered in Shade.
Volume 6: Decorative Plants
Over 100 different kinds of plants from cactus to philodendrons and figs including high and low polygon count versions of each model.
Volume 7: Office Essentials
350 computers, LCD monitors, calculators, phones, stationary, desk lamps, filing and storage equipment, even coffee makers!
With Shade 8, e frontier offers Content Paradise, including a redesigned website and more partners, which means more content! Content Paradise is your gateway to leading marketplaces that provide both free and for-sale Poser and Shade content.
Windows 2000 or Windows XP
Pentium II 300MHz or compatible
Memory: 256 MB
Hard Drive Space: 250 MB
Color Monitor with 800 x 600 resolution
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Memory: 256 MB
Hard Drive Space: 250MB
Color display Monitor capable of at least 800 x 600 resolution
Pentium III 800MHz or above, AMD Athlon or above
Memory: 512MB or more
Available HD size: 5GB or more
Graphics accelerator: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, GeForce FX 5600, GeForce FX 5800; ATI RADEON 9000
Color monitor with 1280 x 768 resolution or more
Mac OS X 10.4
PowerPC G4 or above
Memory: 512MB or more
Available HD size: 5GB or more
Color display Monitor capable of at least 1280 x 768 resolution or more