Cyber Studio CAD-3D (or just CAD-3D) is a 3D modeling and animation package developed by Tom Hudson for the Atari ST computer and published by Antic Software. The package is a precursor to 3D Studio Max.
|Original author(s)||Tom Hudson|
2.02 / 1987
|Operating system||Atari TOS|
|Type||3D computer graphics|
CAD-3D is a basic polygonal 3D modeling and rendering program. An operator can assemble a scene out of geometric primitives or custom extruded or lathed objects. Various view ports are available to adjust lighting and camera positioning. The limited rendering functionality allows for flat shading in 16 shades. Rendered images can be exported in Degas Elite or NeoChrome format.
By making changes between rendering separate cels, CAD-3D can be used for simple animations. Without its scripting extension Cyber Control changes have to be made by hand.
The first version was published in 1986 titled CAD-3D. It still lacked advanced modeling features (boolean subtraction) and any animation.
In early 1987 Tom Hudson extended the application and it was renamed 'Cyber Studio CAD-3D v.2.02 '. The name Cyber Studio was proposed by Antic Software publisher Gary Yost due to his interest in William Gibson's seminal 1984 book "Neuromancer" which had introduced the term Cyberspace to describe a virtual 3D environment. As of 1987 the software was packaged together with Cybermate, a Forth-based authoring language written by Tektronix engineer Mark Kimball, the creator of the StereoTek liquid crystal shutter 3D glasses that Antic Software sold as an add-on to Cyber Studio. Cybermate was used to edit, sequence and present the animation files along with sound. The scripts allowed an operator to control when and how fast a video or audio segment played and whether it should loop. In combination with the other scripting language, CyberControl, users were capable to create video animations up to five minutes long.
Antic Software published a variety of related Cyber-products to extend the software's functionality:
- "START VOL. 4 NO. 8, Tom Hudson's CAD-3D review: Three-Dimensional Modeling for Everyone", 2010-04-30
- "The Antic Cyber Graphics Software and the Pre-history of Autodesk 3D Studio and Discreet 3ds max", 2009-06-14
- "The history of 3D Studio, Tom Hudson interview", 2010-04-30
- "The history of 3D Studio, Gary Yost interview", 2010-04-30
- "Going "Cyber" - The Antic Cyber Graphics Software and the Pre-history of Autodesk 3D Studio and Discreet 3ds max", 2009-06-14
- "Now, in 3-D!" - The Antic Cyber Graphics Software and the Pre-history of Autodesk 3D Studio and Discreet 3ds max", 2009-06-14