April 21, 2011 in Productivity (E)
[prMac.com] San Diego, California - Independent developer Michael L. Farrell today is pleased to introduce Verto Studio 3DM 1.1 for iPhone and iPod touch, his full-featured modeling app that rivals 3D software designed to run on desktop and notebook computers. Building on the success of Verto Studio 3D for iPad, the app supports import/export of OBJ format files, allowing users to download thousands of different wire mesh models or create their own. Powerful enough for professionals doing mobile 3D content creation, and simple enough for beginning modelers, Verto Studio 3DM combines sophisticated 3D modeling, lighting, and texture mapping with the elegant iOS touch interface. Considering the comparably limited CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage capabilities of iOS devices, the diminutive 4.6 MB app (which offers real-time Gouraud shading, dynamic lighting, self illumination, vertex editing, multiple camera angles, and an innovative Auto mode for manipulating every object in the scene simultaneously) achieves more than would have been thought possible.
Just as impressive as its smooth, real-time display and manipulation of computationally intensive three-dimensional models, is the app's economical interface. Users familiar with popular 3D applications are acquainted with their complex, confusing tools, menus, controls, and input fields. Verto Studio 3DM employs only nine simple buttons on the menu bar. Six buttons in a group, which drop down from the Auto button, control movement: Auto, Pan, Move, Rotate, Scale, and Select. None of these opens a window that would block the view. Instead, the user touches a button and then performs that action directly using taps, swipes, pinches, and twirls directly on the screen. For more precise control, another button opens the corresponding window for the chosen tool. For example, having chosen the Scale Tool the user may work directly on the screen, or open the Scale Tool window. From the window, precision adjustment of X, Y, and Z scaling may be entered using the virtual keyboard.
The eight remaining buttons include: Add Object, Undo, Camera View, Material Properties, Duplicate, Mirror, Edit Object, Trash, plus a Library button that appears in Edit Mesh Vertex Mode. The Add Object drop-down menu lists the following: Plane, Sketch, Cube, Sphere, Terrain, Torus, and Light. Undo permits an unlimited number of undo actions. The Camera View allows the six standard views plus a variable view, and either normal perspective or orthogonal projection may be chosen. The Material Properties drop-down menu allows precision control over RGB components of four types of lighting (Diffuse, Highlight, Emitted, Ambient), plus selection and tiling of Texture Maps. With any object selected, the Edit Object drop-down menu provides complete control over vertices, meshes, triangles, and extrusion. With any light selected, the Edit Object drop-down menu provides complete control over lighting type, position, direction, intensity, angle, attenuation, color, etc.
* OBJ file import/export
* Verto Studio file format support and exchange via email
* Mesh generation
--Terrain generator (height field)
--3DM Sketch tool
* Mesh Augmentation
--Texture coordinate editor
* Editing features
* Multiple camera modes (top, bottom, left, right, front, back, free)
* Orthographic projection mode for engineering and CAD applications
* Real-time Gouraud shading and rendering of texture maps
* Auto-Tool Provides real-time scaling, moving, rotating, panning, and scene re-orientation
Because the app imports OBJ files, users may exploit the many thousands of objects already modeled, and available through on-line libraries and services. Readily downloadable are easily constructed models with relatively few vertices, such as geometric shapes and simple objects like books or computer monitors. In addition, highly complex models such as spacecraft, houses, people, animals, and plants are also available. All models may be edited to the user's requirements.
For 3D veterans and newbies alike, Verto Studio 3DM offers an intuitive, inexpensive, mobile solution for three-dimensional content creation. It strives to push the boundaries of what is capable on an iOS device and from the users that use them. The software is designed for all ranges of users, from professional 3D modelers, to beginners interested in experimenting with 3D content generation. Because it can be used to build quick 3D mockups or fully functional environments for mobile applications, it bridges the gap between design and mobile testing.
According to independent developer Michael L. Farrell, "My goal in creating Verto Studio 3DM was two-fold; first, to introduce casual users of the iOS to the incredible creative possibilities of 3D modeling; and second, to provide a tool for experienced modelers to demonstrate ideas and designs anytime, anywhere, on their iPhone or iPod touch."
* Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen), and iPad
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 4.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Verto Studio 3DM 1.1 for iPhone and iPod touch is $2.99 (USD), and is available through the App Store in the Productivity category. Verto Studio 3D 1.1 for iPad (including HD graphics) is $7.99. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in beautiful San Diego, California, Michael L. Farrell is an indedpendent developer with over eight years experience developing games on the Mac platform. His main focus is developing up to date, educational software tools for the iPhone and iPad platforms. Copyright (C) 2011 Michael L Farrell. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.