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Default Cheetah3D 7.0 - Early Adopters Beta Test - 01.05.2016, 22:55

Hi,
first of all I'm really sorry for that pretty extreme delay of Cheetah3D 7.0. Since Cheetah3D is already a 15 years old project a big cleanup of the underlying architecture and a refresh of the UI was more than overdue. Thanks to that modernization work Cheetah3D 7 lost quite some weight (MBytes) while gaining lots of new features.

Since many users asked me to get access to the beta builds I'm happy to finally make the next step and start the Cheetah3D 7.0 Early Adopters Beta Test. I've picked that special form of public beta test since I want to increase the number of beta testers slowly. So a completely open beta test was no real option for me.

Although many features are already very mature there are still some open problems on which I have to work. So please don't forget that it's still beta software. But I'm optimistic that Cheetah3D 7.0 is now ready for a wider audience.

Since the documentation hasn't been updated yet the early adopter betas are mainly for adventurous Cheetah3D users who can't await to get their fingers on the new v7 features. I will update the documentation and sample files once I've finalized the UI.

New Features:
  • New renderer
  • NGon booleans
  • Movie textures
  • Soft selections
  • Collada import
  • Layers
  • Full OpenEXR 2 workflow
  • Big UI update
  • and much much more
The full Cheetah3D 7 feature list is way too long for this posting so I've added it to the .DMG file of the Beta version. Since the feature set hasn't been nailed down yet please be aware that things might still change.

License:
The Early Adopter Beta version already requires a Cheetah3D 7.x compatible registration number if you want to save your work. If you bought Cheetah3D 6.x after April 1st 2015 you have nothing to do since you already received a Cheetah3D 7.x compatible registration number (due to the Free Cheetah3D 7.0 Upgrade program).
If you purchased Cheetah3D before April 1st 2015 you can already Upgrade to Cheetah3D 7 by purchasing a Cheetah3D 6.x Upgrade which comes with a free Upgrade to Cheetah3D 7.x. That will also give you access to a Cheetah3D 7.x compatible registration number.

System requirements:
-64Bit Intel CPU
-OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or newer

Localizations:
-English

Attention:
THIS IS BETA SOFTWARE SO DON'T USE IT ON IMPORTANT DATA. CHEETAH3D 7 WILL CONVERT THE RENDER TAGS TO THE V7 RENDER PREFERENCES DURING IMPORT SO THE V7 GENERATED .JAS FILES ARE NOT 100% BACKWARD COMPATIBLE. V6 CAN'T LOAD THE V7 RENDER SETTINGS!!! SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL THAT YOU DON'T ACCIDENTALLY SAVE A SCENE WITH V7 IF YOU STILL WANT TO OPEN IT WITH V6.

Download link of Cheetah3D 7.0 (released Oct. 4th 2017):
http://www.cheetah3d.com/download/download/Cheetah3D.dmg

I hope you enjoy Cheetah3D 7.

Kind regards
Martin


Last edited by Martin : 06.10.2017 at 13:22. Reason: Updated download link to v7 release version
   
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Default 02.05.2016, 00:23


Fantastic news!

Congratulations on reaching the next stage of development.



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Default 02.05.2016, 00:28

Wonderful news! Thanks so much Martin!
   
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Default 02.05.2016, 01:04

Thank you for the Beta I am downloading now. Fantastic. Thanks again...


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Default 02.05.2016, 01:15

A more complete list of new features would help us explore v7. Otherwise looking forward to playing around! Thanks. OOPs I just re-read your initial list! Full list on the way thanks.
   
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Default 02.05.2016, 01:20

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I hope you enjoy Cheetah3D 7.

Kind regards
Martin

Thanks Martin.

Really looking forward to kicking the tires on this. If we find any issues to report do you want us to post them here or do something else?

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Default 02.05.2016, 02:51

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A more complete list of new features would help us explore v7.

FYI: there is a pretty long list of new features in the DMG after you open the installer.
   
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Lächeln 02.05.2016, 03:14

Thank you I will check that out!
   
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Default Great news! - 02.05.2016, 04:42

Very excited to try the beta! I won't be getting any sleep tonight!
   
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Default 02.05.2016, 07:05

Hello, All.

thank you Martin for starting early adopters beta test!

Can we upload any screen shot or rendering images on our own twitter or web site? or it's still closed?

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