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Release of Cheetah3D 5.2

20. Jan. 2010

Cheetah3D 5.2 was released today. The biggest change in Cheetah3D 5.2 is probably the new Javascript engine. Cheetah3D now uses the blazingly fast WebKit-JavascriptCore Javascipt engine, which is also used by Safari. Thanks to the JIT compiler, of the new Javascript engine the execution of custom scripts should be considerably faster now.

On the way to the 64-bit version of Cheetah3D, the FBX SDK has also been updated to the latest version (v2010.2), and the old QuickTime code has been replaced by the new QTKit framework. So Cheetah3D will be ready for 64-bit very soon (the 64bit version will be a free update for all 5.x users).

In addition to all the under-the-hood changes, Cheetah3D 5.2 also adds many work flow enhancements, from a texture preview in the properties editor to a file selector in the render manager and copy and paste support of animation keys in the timeline. Also a new normal calculation algorithm found its way into version 5.2.

Cheetah3D 5.2 will require at least Mac OS X 10.5.

New features in Cheetah3D 5.2:
  • switched to WebKit - JavascriptCore Javascript engine
  • much faster Javascript execution due to JIT compiler
  • added some new Javascript API calls
    • Vec2D::inverse()
    • Vec2D::isEqual(Vec2D a)
    • Vec3D::dot(Vec3D a)
    • Vec3D::cross(Vec3D a)
    • Vec3D::inverse()
    • Vec3D::isEqual(Vec3D a)
    • Vec4D::inverse()
    • Vec4D::isEqual(Vec4D a)
  • removed Javascript API calls
    • OS::system()
  • switched form Quicktime to QTKit framework
  • switched to latest FBX SDK Version 2010.2
  • added texture preview to properties editor
  • added copy & paste of animation keys to time line
  • added support for normal-breaks
  • added file type selector to save panel of render manager
  • added support to save .jpg files with quality setting unequal 100%
  • added "Background" color property to texture node (when using non-tiled textures)
  • added dragging delay to transform gadget
  • modifier objects are now added as children of polygon objects
  • optimized opening of files
  • floating point numbers are localized now
  • node editor always displays selected material
  • added new sky light icon (by Frank)
  • added new obj file format icon (by Frank)
  • uses higher resolution textures in the OpenGL preview
  • bevel tool now tries to maintain creases,seams and UVs
  • buttons in properties editor have consistent style and size now
  • fixed "locked rotation bug" in transform tool
  • fixed FBX pivot point export bug
  • fixed copy and paste bug in node editor
  • fixed preview rendering bug
  • fixed auto-keying bug
  • fixed UV selection bug
  • fixed node unselect bug
  • fixed node connection redraw bug
  • fixed preview recalculation bug when deleting nodes
  • fixed menu localization bug
  • fixed redraw bug in pose manager
  • fixed save panel bug (forgot last directories)
  • fixed bug in optimize tool
  • fixed redraw bug in material editor
  • fixed crashing problem during movie export of Japanese version

News list

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12. Oct. 2022Release of Cheetah3D 7.5.2

20. Feb. 2021Release of Cheetah3D 7.5.1

11. Feb. 2021Release of Cheetah3D 7.5

7. Jan. 2020Release of Cheetah3D 7.4.2

7. Sep. 2019Release of Cheetah3D 7.4.1

24. Aug. 2019Release of Cheetah3D 7.4

18. Mar. 2019Release of Cheetah3D 7.3.3

2. Mar. 2019Release of Cheetah3D 7.3.2

25. Oct. 2018Release of Cheetah3D 7.3.1

11. Oct. 2018Release of Cheetah3D 7.3 - Adds Dark Mode, glTF, PBR materials, caustics…

22. Feb. 2018Release of Cheetah3D 7.2 - Adds HEVC, ProRes, IES Lights,…

7. Dec. 2017Release of Cheetah3D 7.1 - Adds polygon reduction, loft,…

4. Oct. 2017Release of Cheetah3D 7.0 - Biggest Upgrade ever

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28. Sept. 2014Release of Cheetah3D 6.3.2

30. Jan. 2014Release of Cheetah3D 6.3.1

30. Dec. 2013Release of Cheetah3D 6.3

8. Apr. 2013Release of Cheetah3D 6.2.1

30. Jan. 2013Release of Cheetah3D 6.2 - Adds support for ABF unwrapping

18. Oct. 2012Release of Cheetah3D 6.1 - Adds support for Retina Display!!!

26. July. 2012Release of Cheetah3D 6.0.1

13. Apr. 2012Release of Cheetah3D 6.0 - Adds Bullet Physics

30. Aug. 2011Release of Cheetah3D 5.8

24. May. 2011Release of Cheetah3D 5.7

16. Nov. 2010Release of Cheetah3D 5.6

16. Jun. 2010Release of Cheetah3D 5.5 - Adds particle system

23. Feb. 2010Release of Cheetah3D 5.3 - 64-bit version

20. Jan. 2010Release of Cheetah3D 5.2

1. Dec. 2009Release of Cheetah3D 5.1

8. Oct. 2009Release of Cheetah3D 5.0

2. Sep. 2009Release of Cheetah3D 4.7 (Snow Leopard compatible!!!)

9. May. 2009Release of Cheetah3D 4.6.4

30. Dec. 2008Release of Cheetah3D 4.6.3

01. Dec. 20085th-Anniversary special offer

04. Nov. 20084th Cheetah3D-Contest

16. Sep. 2008Release of Cheetah3D 4.6.2

15. Jul. 2008Release of Cheetah3D 4.6.1

14. May. 2008Release of Cheetah3D 4.6 and "Cheetah3D for Beginners" video tutorials

13. Mar. 2008Release of Cheetah3D 4.5.1

12. Mar. 2008Release of Cheetah3D 4.5

24. Jan. 2008Buy Cheetah3D 4.x and get free update to Cheetah3D 5.0

9. Jan. 2008Release of Cheetah3D 4.4

26. Nov. 2007Release of Cheetah3D 4.3.1

26. Oct. 2007Release of Cheetah3D 4.3

19. Jun. 2007Release of Cheetah3D 4.2

18. Apr. 2007Release of Cheetah3D 4.1

23. Mar. 2007Release of Cheetah3D 4.0

03. Jan. 2007Release of Cheetah3D 3.6

05. Dec. 2006Buy Cheetah3D 3.x and get free update to Cheetah3D 4.0

06. Nov. 2006Cheetah3D wins "Commended" award at MacUser Awards 2006

26. Oct. 2006Release of Cheetah3D 3.5

26. Jul. 2006Release of Cheetah3D 3.4

14. Jun. 2006Release of Cheetah3D 3.3

09. May. 2006Release of Cheetah3D 3.2

01. Apr. 20062nd Cheetah3D-Contest

14. Mar. 2006Release of Cheetah3D 3.1

22. Feb. 2006Release of Cheetah3D 3.0

22. Feb. 2006New Cheetah3D logo and web site

22. Jan. 2006Release of Cheetah3D 2.6.1