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TORNADO 3D

The tornado is coming!

Tornado3D is a superb Rendering and Animation package. It is very fast, has many real-time effects and some terrific features ...

Some examples...

[Helicopter][Chatedral]

[Cellular][Warbot]

Here are more samples: Gallery

The GUI...


(Please click here to get a full view of the screenshots!)

  • Tornado3D has a real-time preview (Solid, Gouraud, Photo etc.).
  • Tornado3D uses the same editor for modeling, animation, rendering.
  • Tornado3D offers automatic effects (Morphing, Animation).
  • Tornado3D offers a superb animation system, particle system, meta balls, brush maps and SuperQuadrics.
  • Tornado3D has effects like fog, lens flares, transparency, materials, reflections, motion blur, soft shadows, different lights etc.
  • Tornado3D has an open PlugIn interface for effects, procedural textures, new objects
  • Tornado3D has a font sensitive and localized GUI (Gadtools)
  • Tornado3D is optimized for 68040 and 68060 CPU.
  • Tornado3D supports CyberGraphX double buffering.
  • Tornado3D has much more ...

Requirements:

  • Amiga with 68020 or better
  • AmigaOS 3.0 or better
  • 8 MB Ram
  • hard disk
  • CDROM drive

Contents:

  • Software on CD-ROM (English)
  • extensive manual (English)

Tornado3D feature list

 

Real time color preview

  • Wireframe (standard wireframe);
  • Solid (wireframe with hidden surface removal);
  • Flat Shade (full color flat shade);
  • Gouraud (as above but smooth objects are Gouraud shaded);
  • Transparent (as above but transparent objects are shown with fixed transparency);
  • Texture (as above but brushmapped objects are textured with their first map);
  • Realistic NEW! (a less detailed interactive rendering mode, amazingly faster!);
  • Photorealistic. (interactive rendering: shows shadows, refractions, reflections fog, all brushmap/textures of any kind, lens flares, Nurbs, Metaballs, all the shaders and VOLUMETRIC LIGHTS!);


For the first time on the Amiga, What You See is What You Get in 3D! The color realtime preview works with Ocs,Ecs,Aga and CyberGraphX compatible graphic-cards in 16, 64, 256, 4096, 64K and 16M colors (16 and 64 colors are black and white, 4096 and 256 colors are dithered). The preview is always available (i.e. deforming an object shows its deformation realtime) and its speed depends mainly on graphic card speed and window resolution and less on processor speed. (For interactive rendering, which is a first on any personal computer, processor speed does matter). NEW! Tornado3D 1.0 already has experimental support for Cybervision64/3D's hardware Virge3D accelerator!

SCREENSHOT

Integrated design

Modeling, animation and rendering are all done inside one editor, capable of opening an unlimited number of projects at once. It is also possible to cut/copy/paste data between projects.

Real-time operation

every transformation is performed in realtime on the full object (no bounding boxes unless requested). NEW! The powerful "Arcball" rotiational controller is now available for interactive camera rotation! You'll never ever want to use any other method for rotating 3D objects with a 2D mouse after trying Arcball! Objects can be Moved, Scaled, Rotated, Sheared, Tapered, Twisted, Bent, Moulded, Pinched. Deformations can be linear or spline based.

Force fields

can be used both as modeling or animation effects, and allow the user to deform, attract, repel or move objects. For example it is possible to drop a ball (and its force-field) inside a tube. The tube will automatically enlarge/shrink to let the ball traverse it.

Automatic morphing and Shape/material Library

point editing an object during an animation creates the needed geometric morphing informations. Also, changing material or light or world properties, creates the appropriate morphing data. Those modifications are stored in a library that can be easily modified by the user.

NEW! Inverse Kinematics

Chained inverse kinematics is fast and predictable, and is really identical to the IK implementation of a well-known software for graphics workstations.

VCR-style animation

to create an animation, a vcr-style interface with JOG/Shuttle controls allows the user to position / transform objects in keyframes. Pressing REC generates keyframes and motion paths. A timeline panel allows more precise modifications. Standard interpolating spline with Bias Tension and Gain are provided. Standard SMPTE timecode with programmable frame-rate is provided for easy integration in a video studio.


PART

Particles and particle systems

direct rendering of single-point particles; the particles can be created from the points of a polygonal object or as particle systems controlled by forces such as gravity, wind, turbulence. Easy to use, flexible interface, with no math knowlegde requirements. Special particle rendering methods avoid the old spray-of-dots look producing highly realistic results.

Metaballs

metaballs and implicit surfaces are provided as primitives. Thay are calculated in realtime with user-selectable level of detail. There is no need for polygonization (but it is allowed). Opaque metaballs have no memory cost during rendering. Metaballs can be additive and subtractive.


BOOL

Booleans (NEW!)

Boolean cutting tool, plus the Add, Subtract and Intersect operators allow you to easily cut and slice your objects

TRUE Nurbs

just like metaballs, Nurbs are calculated with an user selectable level of detail and there is no need for polygonization.

SuperQuadrics

in addition to the usual polygonal primitives (planes, spheres, cones, tubes, cubes, torii) SuperQuadric primitives allow to add easily rounded objects (rounded cubes, beveled tubes, inflated cones...) acting only on two sliders with realtime preview.


MESH

Metamesh (NEW!)

Powerful modeling tool that makes creating organic shapes a snap! Transform rough sketches into detailed smooth models in seconds! Build complex straight shapes with the the bevel tool and turn them into high definition curved surfaces!

Fog

five kinds of fog are provided, both linear and non-linear. Fog can be animated with auto-morphing. NEW! Fog can be made Turbulent and animated along the scene to create an even more realistic environment. Plus, fog can interact with Volumetric Lights to create all those stylish beams of light we have seen countless times in hot Hollywood productions!


SCREENSHOT2

User interface

Font-adaptive gadtools gui, localized, with fullcolor customizable gadget images.

Material Editor

an all-in-one material editor allows the user to try four different materials at once. The preview spheres are calculated in realtime and full color.


SHAD

Shaders

different shaders allow the user to choose different algorithms for top photorealistic quality (plastic, metal, water/glass, opaque...). NEW! Amazing interpolated shading goes many steps beyond the usual Flat/Phong setting most softwares limit you to. With Interpolated shading you can define exactly how much smoothing you want and even inflate or hammer your objects with no loss of rendering speed!

Brushmaps

planar, spherical, cubic and cylindric mappings. Maps can modulate "Color", "Diffuse", "Reflect", "Environment", "Ambient", "Bright", "Bump", "Specular", "Polish", "Filter", "Refract" and "Clip" properties. An unlimited number of maps can be applied to each surface.

Transparency

linear transparency or with inner/outer fading. Colors can be added (light beams) or mixed (underwater scenes). High speed Refraction without the need for ray-tracing.

Reflections

objects can reflect gradients, brushmaps or the actual scene with "cubic environment maps". This high speed approach avoids ray-tracing and also allows an easy integration of rendered objects into real-world scenes.

Rendering

high speed rendering thanks to a custom algorithm derived from the "deferred shading accumulation buffer" method previously available only on workstations. Several quality levels, related to the output media (video/film), provide the user the same kind of output usually seen in tv adverts and movies. High quality, fast, antialiasing.


MBLUR

Pyramidal Motion-blur

true, high-speed motion-blur mimics closely the actual output of a real camera. Compare the picture with the output of most renderers. Tornado3D uses a proprietary algorithm in order to properly simulate the way light strikes film (this happens in a logarithmic way, not linear as most renderers do). The result is an amazing quality motion blur, that looks like the real thing. And it is so fast that rendering times will be blurred as well! :-)


FLARE

Lens flares

high quality lens flares with lens reflections, glow, streaks, star filter, etc...


Shadows

realistic shadows without ray-tracing, soft shadows.


LIGHTS

Lights NEW!

VOLUMETRIC LIGHTS! For the first time on the Amiga your lights will have shape, shine thru fog and produce those so cool shadows streaks that really make an image look REAL. Plus Distant, point, spot and the unique "Umbrella" that allow the simulation of a professional photo studio. Specular and diffuse components can be turned on and off for each light. Several light diminishing properties allows the simulation of different real-world lights. Also NEW are the image-projecting ability of spotlights and Umbrellas that open up a whole new realm of special effects including fake shadows.

Plug-in

an open plug-in interface allows procedural textures, effects, even new primitives.

68040 & 68060 optimization

a custom math library has been written from scratch to make full use of 68040 and 68060 cpus. Emulated intructions are never executed.


CyberGraphX Double buffering

high speed double buffering on CGFX compatible graphic cards even in 16/24 bit without memory cost. CyberVision 64 optimized.

Plus!

There are so many features in Tornado3D 1.0 that we might as well have called it Tornado3D V 10.0! Point and face editing, spline modelling, automatic spline polygonization for Lathe, all the standard Extrude, Extrude by Path, Replication and Duplication tools. Plus Fractal subdivision of meshes, Bevel tools to quickly build complex objects from simple shapes, object tracking, object groups...

Minimum requirements

Amiga or 100% compatible, Os 3.0 o higher, 68020 or better with FPU, 8 megabyte of ram, 8 megabyte of free disk space, CD-Rom player.


WARNING! All the informations in this document are subject to change without notice. Page & graphics design by Eyelight.