Gecko 3d Render

Feature List


General Features

  • Written from the ground-up in Cocoa!
  • Universal Binary application
  • 64-bit version for Intel Macs
  • Full support of Retina displays
  • Highly intuitive, thoroughly Macintosh-like user interface
  • OpenGL preview
  • Customisable UI layout
  • Almost all parameters can be animated
  • Polygons can have any number of edges (ngons)
  • Full set of object, polygon and point selection tools
  • Full transformation hierarchy
  • Additional features can be assigned to objects using tags
  • Intuitive editors for objects, materials and properties
  • Up to 16 different materials per mesh
  • A Fully integrated, multi-threaded renderer
  • Drag and drop materials onto your polygon selections
  • Link external 3D files into the scene
  • Multi object selection
  • Character animation tools
  • Snapping
  • Customisable hot keys
  • Customisable mouse controls
  • Customisable toolbar

Scene Objects

  • Cameras
  • Point lights
  • Area lights
  • Distant lights
  • Spot lights
  • Physical sky lights
  • Folders
  • Smart Folders
  • Joint

Parametric Polygon Objects

  • Polygon object (ngon support)
  • Ball
  • Capsule
  • Cube
  • Cone
  • Cylinder
  • Disc
  • Fractal
  • Plane
  • Polyhedra ( [truncated] Tetra-, Octa-, Dedeca- and Icosahedra)
  • Relief
  • Stair
  • Torus
  • Tube

Parametric Spline Objects

  • Spline Curve (linear, Bezier curve, Bezier spline, NURBS)
  • Circle
  • Cog
  • Flower
  • Helix
  • Line
  • n-Edge
  • Rect
  • Star
  • Text (through any installed True Type Font)

Creator Objects

  • Boolean operations
    • A union B
    • A substract B
    • A intersect B
    • A outside B
    • A inside B
  • Chain (create chains with just a few mouse clicks)
  • Extrude (great for 3D-Fonts)
  • Isosurface (Metaball)
  • Lathe
  • Polyplane
  • Sweep
  • Symmetry

Tags

  • HDRI tag
  • Radiosity tag
  • Render tag
  • Mode tag
  • Spline Tracking tag
  • Target tag
  • UV tag
  • Skeleton tag
  • Morph tag
  • IK Angle Constraint tag
  • IK Point Constraint tag
  • ...

Scripting

  • Uses the Javascript language — leverage your existing knowledge of JavaScript to automate Cheetah3D!
  • Uses the rock solid WebKit Javascript engine
  • JIT compiler for ultra fast script execution
  • Generate your own objects
  • Write custom file loaders and exporters
  • Write your own tools
  • Automate repetitive tasks

Animation Tools

  • Key frame animation
  • Joint based character animation
  • Auto-Keying
  • Fly through animations along splines
  • Almost every object, tag or material property can be animated!
  • Animation of mesh vertices and spline control-points
  • Powerful time line
  • F-Curve editor
  • Key editor
  • Various key interpolation types
    • Linear
    • Smooth
    • Bezier spline
    • Flat
  • Forward kinematics (FK)
  • Inverse kinematics (IK)
  • Spline IK
  • Heat weighting
  • Vertex weight painting
  • Constraints (Angle, Point, Position, etc.)
  • Poses
  • Take Manager
  • OpenGL animation preview

Dynamics

  • Uses industry proven Bullet physics engine
  • Riggid body dynamics
  • Support for various collision shapes
    • Box
    • Convex (sphere, capsule, cylinder,…)
    • Convex hull
    • Concave
  • Soft body dynamics
  • Rope dynamics
  • Very fast simulations
  • Supports editable particle systems
  • Forces interact with dynamics
  • Anchors to connect soft bodies with rigid bodies
  • Interactive preview of physical simulation
  • Dynamics backing for complex scenens

Full Set Of Polygon Tools

Cheetah3D Devil
  • Polygon, edge and point mode
  • Set and Reset crease
  • Create polygon
  • Fill hole
  • Bridge
  • Insert point
  • Magnet
  • Extrude
  • Inner extrude (point/edge/polygon)
  • Shell
  • Jigsaw
  • Scalpel
  • Ring cut
  • Weld
  • Move, Scale and Rotate points, edges and polygons
  • Move, Scale and Rotate along normal
  • Rotate edge
  • Collapse polygon
  • Flip normals
  • Triangulate polygons
  • Array
  • Split
  • Clone
  • Mirror
  • Separate
  • Crumple
  • Set value
  • Quantize
  • Burn transform
  • Import child
  • Point slide
  • Cover
  • Catmull- Clark Subdivide (partial or full mesh; with creases)
  • Linear Subdivide (partial or full mesh)

UV Tools

  • Powerful UV Editor
  • Various selection types
  • Move, Scale and Rotate
  • Save UV Mesh to PDF
  • ABF UV Unwrapping
  • LSCM UV Unwrapping
  • Autoseam
  • Different mapping types
    • spheric
    • cubic
    • cylindric
    • flat
    • frontal

Texture Painting

  • Live OpenGL preview of painting
  • Brush
  • Rubber
  • Fill
  • Rect
  • Circle
  • Line
  • Various brush types
  • Supports solid and texture colours
  • Support for pressure sensitive graphic tablets
  • Paint displacement and relief maps with live 3D preview

Spline Tools

  • Create spline
  • Insert point
  • Soft interpolation
  • Hard interpolation
  • Equal tangent direction
  • Equal tangent length
  • Join segments
  • Break segment
  • Reverse sequence
  • Mirror
  • Set value
  • Quantize
  • Burn transform
  • Import child

Renderer

  • Fully integrated ray-tracer
  • Multi-threaded to support up to 16 CPU cores
  • Powerful node based material system
  • Many procedural textures and materials
  • HDRI backgrounds (probe, cross and panorama format)
  • Ambient occlusion for fast image based lightning (IBL)
  • Radiosity for indirect diffuse illumination
  • Caustics
  • Adaptive antialiasing (over- and under-sampling)
  • Anisotropic EWA texture filtering
  • Texture baking
  • Lightmap baking
  • Environment mapping
  • Bump mapping
  • Fog
  • Blurred reflections and refractions
  • Ray traced depth of field
  • Ray traced shadows
  • Roloured shadows
  • Exact soft shadows via area light
  • Ray traced refraction (with fresnel term)
  • Ray traced reflection
  • Panorama projection

File Formats

  • 3D import:
    • .3ds
    • .dxf (quite limited yet)
    • .fbx
    • .lwo
    • .obj
    • .sia
    • .stl (binary and ASCII)
    • .jas (binary and ASCII)
  • 3D export:
    • .3dmf
    • .3ds
    • .dae (Collada, iBooks Author compatible)
    • .dxf
    • .fbx
    • .h (C header files)
    • .obj
    • .mtl
    • .sia
    • .stl (binary and ASCII)
    • .jas (binary and ASCII)
  • 2D import/export
    • Many common file formats (.jpg, .tiff, .png, .exr etc.)
    • Import SVG path data
    • Import PDF path data
    • Export to .hdr
    • Export to .epx
  • Movie export:
    • all QuickTime supported codecs
  • Other:
    • Copy & paste paths from EazyDraw to Cheetah3D
    • Copy & paste paths from Intaglio to Cheetah3D

Localisations

  • English
  • Japanese
  • German

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7
  • Intel processor
  • 1 GByte RAM
  • Internet connection