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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 ...
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Tornado3D feature list
Real time color preview
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Boolean cutting tool, plus the Add, Subtract and Intersect operators allow you to easily cut and slice your objects
just like metaballs, Nurbs are calculated with an user selectable level of detail and there is no need for polygonization.
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.
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!
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!
Font-adaptive gadtools gui, localized, with fullcolor customizable gadget images.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! :-)
high quality lens flares with lens reflections, glow, streaks, star filter, etc...
realistic shadows without ray-tracing, soft shadows.
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.
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.
high speed double buffering on CGFX compatible graphic cards even in 16/24 bit without memory cost. CyberVision 64 optimized.
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...
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.