Blackfeet has released version 4.0 of its thumbnail browser and media management tool for 2D and 3D files, 3D Browser. The app creates catalogues of files within directories and includes full tagging and search facilities – and can preview all supported formats with support for alpha channels.
Version 4.0 adds support for Lightwave 6 files, as well as more 2D formats including Photoshop (.psd) documents, GIFs, and Targas. The app can also convert Lightwave, Amapi, and Truespace files to 3D Studio Max – and 2D images to TIFFs, JPEGs, Targas and Windows Bitmaps (.bmp).
The app has been integrated further into the Windows OS with the addition of an ‘Open with 3D Browser’ menu command in the explorer and automatic opening of files in the correct application from within 3D browser. Catalogues can now be created on CD-ROM and can be split between 2D and 3D files. Blackfoot also claims that catalogues are now smaller in file size and faster to open and work with.
Other new additions include automatic favourite creation, a slide show tool, full screen preview mode, improved network support. Also updated is the plug-in for Lightwave, which allows 3D Browser to be used within the modelling and animation app.
The full list of 3D files read by 3D Browser is Lightwave 5 and 6; 3D Studio Max 2.5, 3.0 and 3.1; 3D Studio, Amapi and Truespace. The app can also read Photoshop documents, Targas, GIFs, JPEGs, TIFFs and Windows Bitmaps.
With all of these features it is quite surprising that 3D Browser 4.0 only costs around £23 from the Blackfeet Web site.