Strata Design 3D CXi Hits the Mac App Store

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[] St. George, Utah - Today Strata's professional 3D modeling and animation software, Design 3D CXi, was made available on the Mac App Store. The award-winning software, now in its seventh version and fully compatible with OS-X Lion, has been a favorite among Mac designers for well over a decade. Today's announcement marks the first time Strata has offered their professional design software through this channel. Strata's entry-level 3D modeler, Design 3D SE, was among the first graphics applications when the Mac App Store launched and is currently one of the Top Paid Graphics and Design Apps.

Strata Design 3D CXi provides everything a designer needs to produce the highest quality 3D models, renderings and animations. The toolset and user interface parallel the Adobe(R) Creative Suite(R), simplifying the learning curve for 2D designers and easing the transition into 3D design. The program is a valuable addition to any creative designer's toolbox and is perfect for interactive and motion design, product and packaging design, graphic design and illustration, and environmental design.

"We're very proud to be at the forefront of companies offering this level of software through the Mac App Store," said Ken Bringhurst, Strata President. "Strata started as a Mac developer in 1984 when the Mac first launched. We've been committed to easy-to-use professional level 3D software for the Mac ever since. Apple's focus on an integrated experience for all their products has been taken to a new level with the Mac App Store and Strata will be there every step of the way. I think creating a special version of our top-line 3D product for the Mac App Store proves it."

Design 3D CXi is backed by Strata's responsive technical support and a complete online training center. Strata 3D University expedites the learning process with professional tutorials on all aspects of the application and the 3D design workflow, including modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, scene composition and rendering.

Strata Design 3D CXi provides end-to-end power for the entire 3D workflow:
* Model virtually anything in 3D with polygonal modeling, booleans, splines, primitives, lathes, and more
* Import existing 3D assets in the 3DS, DXF, OBJ, Collada or other popular formats
* Accurately apply and manipulate surface textures with native UV editing environment
* Compose scenes with lighting, backgrounds, cameras, environments and reflection panels and elements
* Render photo-realistic images and animations at top speed
* Bring life to 3D scenes and cameras with extensive animation capabilities
* Use Grid Templates as virtual tracing paper for modeling reference images
* Put 3D designs into real-world video with Match Motion and PFHoe
* Jump start projects with templates supplying predefined lighting, environments and backgrounds
* Define your own workflow with customizable keyboard shortcuts
* Export 3D scenes for use in Strata CX Suite products, Adobe Photoshop Extended, or other 3D programs

Purchasing and Availability:
Strata Design 3D CXi 7.0.1 is available immediately from the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Additionally, Strata offers an Adobe Connection add-in to Design 3D CXi from their own online store. This add-on provides six plugins for Adobe Photoshop(R) Extended, offering improved workflow with the popular image editor, in addition to import filters for Adobe Illustrator(R) Files, PDF and U3D formats. For more information, or to purchase, visit the Strata online store.

Strata is the developer and publisher of the Strata 3D CX Suite of products. The suite lets users capture, create, design and deliver - all in 3D. Strata 3D CX applications include plug-ins for Adobe applications, allowing designers to take the Creative Suite to a higher level. For more information visit Strata online or call 800-678-7282. Strata Design 3D CX, Live 3D CX, Foto 3D CX, and Enfold 3D CX are trademarks of Corastar Inc. All other trademarks, not owned by Corastar Inc., which are contained herein are the property of their respective owners.