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Electric Rain Releases Swift 3D v5.0 for the Macintosh Along With Windows Update to Offer Extensive Support for Papervision3D

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric Rain(R) is opening new doors for Adobe(R) Flash(R) designers with the release of Swift 3D(R) v5.0 Macintosh and a v5.0 Windows update enabling export to the increasingly popular Papervision3D format. This new feature, alongside an already significant list of upgrades, adds even more export flexibility to the industry leading 3D tool for Flash.

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Electric Rain(R) is opening new doors for Adobe(R) Flash(R) designers with the release of Swift 3D(R) v5.0 Macintosh and a v5.0 Windows update enabling export to the increasingly popular Papervision3D format. This new feature, alongside an already significant list of upgrades, adds even more export flexibility to the industry leading 3D tool for Flash.

Papervision3D is an open source 3D engine for Flash that leverages ActionScript 3.0 and the Flash 9 player to draw true 3D and allow for real- time user interaction. Papervision3D utilizes the XML-based COLLADA file format to define the geometry of the models, and that information is rendered live via the Papervision3D engine within the Flash Player, making that 3D content accessible to over 93% of all web viewers.

"Swift 3D has always been the tool interactive designers turn to with their diverse needs," said Mike Soucie, CEO of Electric Rain. "By supporting the Papervision3D format we're helping designers stretch their creative limits even further and expand the ways in which 3D content can be deployed on the Web. Real-time 3D rendering in Flash has always been the dream, and we're very excited to finally enable our users to begin working with this cutting-edge Papervision3D technology."

Electric Rain's decision to support the Papervision3D format was based on the recent explosion of interest in working with true 3D in Flash. This is a capability interactive designers have been awaiting since the early days of Flash, and now that that it is finally here Swift 3D is a great fit for anyone wanting to author their own 3D content. With its designer-friendly toolset and workflow, Swift 3D provides a great solution for non-3D professionals to jump into this exciting new Papervision3D technology without the need for extensive 3D or ActionScript 3.0 experience. Swift 3D is also capable of converting existing models in the .3DS and .DXF file format into Papervision3D projects.

"This is terrific news for the Papervision3D community," commented John Grden, from Papervision3D. "Swift 3D's support for our technology will be a huge boost for Flash designers who are currently overwhelmed with both the cost and complexity of the higher-end 3D authoring tools. Swift 3D is the perfect 3D tool for designers to use as they begin exploring Papervision3D's capabilities, and the fact that it's so affordable is another big plus."

Swift 3D 5.0 for Windows and Macintosh is currently available from Electric Rain for $249.00 USD Upgrades from previous versions start at $79.00. For more information on Swift 3D 5.0 please visit: http://www.erain.com/products/swift3d/. Additional information on Papervision3D can be found at: http://blog.papervision3d.org/

About Electric Rain

Electric Rain is a Boulder, Colorado-based software company with a vision of bringing easy-to-use multimedia creation and editing tools to business and design professionals. Electric Rain has become the industry-leading developer of 3D Flash solutions, selling over 65,000 units of its flagship product Swift 3D software. Electric Rain's partners include Adobe, Macromedia, Alias (now Autodesk), and most recently Microsoft, as a Technology Adoption Partner (TAP) for developing new Windows Vista (.NET 3.0-based) applications. For more information, visit: http://www.erain.com .

SOURCE Electric Rain

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