RAIN ANNOUNCES 3D TOOL ENHANCING
Shipping on April 4th, Swift 3D™
delivers vector-based three dimensional text
and objects to Web sites using Macromedia
Boulder, Colorado - April 4, 2000 - Electric
Rain, Inc.® is currently taking orders for
their new 3D vector graphics software, Swift 3D.
This standalone design tool easily creates 3D
imagery and animation for direct use with Macromedia®
Flash™ software. The retail price is $139.00.
Swift 3D was unveiled to the public at the recently
held Flashforward2000 event in San Francisco and
the response to the new product was superb. "Having
the world's top Flash users walk up to our booth,
watch a demo and say, 'This is exactly what I
need,' was a huge boost for our company,"
exclaimed Mike Soucie, President of Electric Rain.
"It reaffirmed our belief that Swift 3D is
the perfect tool for designers looking to bring
their Flash enabled Web sites to a new level through
the power of 3D. Swift 3D eliminates the need
for hand tracing and our exclusive RAVIX™
gradient shading technology exports realistic
3D images, not just cartoon-like line art with
Swift 3D enables designers to quickly create
or import 3D images and animations for export
to the Macromedia Flash file format (SWF). Swift
3D is not just a file and model converter; it's
an intuitive 3D application for creating, editing
and animating 3D images. These images can be created
from fonts and basic 3D primitives within Swift
3D, or imported from other popular applications
like 3D Studio™ (3DS), Adobe® Illustrator®
(AI) or any program that exports Encapsulated
PostScript™ files (EPS).
Swift 3D allows extensive control over the extrusion,
rotation, coloring and animation of 3D images.
Pre-built drag and drop animations and powerful
keyframe animation enable users to easily apply
motion to new or imported images. These images
are then converted into a vector format and exported
as SWF files. Swift 3D supports four levels of
export - outlines, meshes, flat shading and gradient
shading - giving users control over image quality
Others are excited about Swift 3D as well. Mark
Strassman, Director of Product Management &
Marketing for Macromedia, Inc., commented, "Macromedia
is excited to see emerging technologies like Swift
3D that compliment the abilities of Macromedia
Flash software. By supporting the Macromedia Flash
file format (SWF), Swift 3D opens new design possibilities
for users needing a 3D solution for their Macromedia
Flash enabled Web sites."
Swift 3D v1.0 is available for purchase online
at www.swift3d.com or by phone at 1-888-613-1500.
Both the download and the Boxed CD version come
with full documentation and some value-added goodies
like free sound clips and 3D models. Swift 3D
currently runs on the Windows® platform and
Electric Rain plans to release a Macintosh version
late summer of 2000.
ABOUT MACROMEDIA FLASH
Macromedia Flash has become the differentiating
technology in the e-business branding, customer
retention and product presentation of leading
e-commerce advertising and entertainment sites.
Macromedia Flash is the industry standard for
high-impact vector-based Web sites that deliver
motion, sound, interactivity and graphics. Macromedia
has made numerous distribution agreements to ensure
the ubiquity of Flash, which now ships with most
leading operating systems, media players and Web
browsers, including Windows 98, Mac OS 9, America
Online 5.0, and current versions of Netscape Navigator
and Internet Explorer. With over 200 million users,
and over one million downloads daily, the Flash
Player is among the most distributed software
ABOUT FLASHFORWARD 2000
Electric Rain will again be sponsoring flashforward2000
for the New York City event being held July 9
- 11, 2000. Flashforward2000 and Flash Film Festival
is the world's premier Flash solutions conference
and expo. This event is three jam-packed days
of keynotes, panels, pre-conference workshops,
hands-on training, breakout sessions and product
showcases. The Flash Film Festival is an entertaining,
one-night gala celebrating the world's best Flash
creations. Visit www.flashforward2000.com or call
877.4.FLASH.4 for more information.
About Electric Rain, Inc.
Electric Rain, Inc. is a fast moving 3D and multimedia
software company with a vision of bringing easy-to-use
3D and multimedia tools to the masses. Through
the release of its stand-alone application, Swift
3D v1.0, and the company's proprietary RAViX rendering
technology, Electric Rain has quickly become the
industry leading developer and supplier of 3D
to vector solutions. The company is located at
the base of the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado.
More information about Electric Rain and its products
and technologies is available at www.erain.com.
For More Information Contact:
Ed Wunsch - Electric Rain, Inc.
P (303) 543-8233
F (303) 543-8225