Strata Software has updated Strata3D – its tool for modeling, rendering, and animating 3D content and output for Macromedia Flash and other file formats – to version 3.8.1. Compatible with Mac and Windows, Strata3D is used in the creation of 3D Web sites, print illustrations, games, video, CDs, and DVDs. The update adds a Ripples layer pop-up menu, the ability to save the Resource Palette, some interface tweaks and more, according to the company. Version 3.8.1 is a free update to registered users of Strata3D 3.x. For others, the cost is $695 (around £443); academic pricing is $449 (around £286), direct from the company’s Web site.