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WINDOWS Magazine, May 1997
Read the Story | Editor Mike Elgan on 3D | Discuss 3D | Related Links |
May Issue | Go to Cover Story Online Front Page


Glossary Of 3-D Terms
Stop Playing Games and Get Down to Business
Have More Fun with Graphics
When Only 'Too Fast' Is Fast Enough
I Want My Web 3-D
Port in the 3-D Storm
3D on NT
The Shape of 3-D to Come
3-D Picture Is Clear for Blur
Ex-Toaster App Cooks for Game Maker
Architect Puts Clients Into Plans

WINDOWS Magazine
May 1997, Cover Story

May 1997 Table of Contents

Architect Puts Clients Into Plans

-- by Lynn Ginsburg

Martin Newton, an American architect working in Berlin, has been using Softimage for five years. The award-winning company he cofounded, Archimation, creates architectural animations and renderings that help architects, builders and real estate investors visualize an architectural project, letting them walk through the rendered space before a single brick is laid.

"When we first started using Softimage five years ago, we were way ahead of our time-we knew of no other architects using it," Newton says. "At the time, Softimage was only available on SGI, so that's what we used."

Newton still remembers when the Softimage community found out in 1994 that Microsoft had bought the software. "We were in shock," Newton remembers. "We thought, 'They're going to run it on the PC; they're going to take it down market.' We were afraid they'd cut the support, and turn it into a Microsoft program for the masses." Newton says that he now regards Microsoft's purchase of Softimage as a blessing. "Last year we went to a trade show and saw Softimage 3.0 for the NT, running on an Intergraph," Newton says. "When we saw that all the commands were exactly the same under NT as on SGI, and that it was very fast, we bought a copy bundled on an Intergraph immediately. For us to have bought a comparable system on SGI at the time would have cost us at least twice as much."

Copyright (c) 1997 CMP Media Inc.
Windows Magazine, May 1997, page 210.

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