Poser developer Curious Labs has released a preview version of its 3D graphics toolkit Shade 7. The full version of the software is expected to be released by the end of the month, according to a recent statement from the company.

Shade 7 incorporates Bezier curve and surface modelling for 3D design, a global illumination renderer and more. It can import 2D designs from Adobe Illustrator, features boolean and polygon mesh modelling, auto-smoothing of curves, PoserFusion support to integrate Poser scenes and IGES 5.3 format support.

The tool will be available in an "LE" version for users learning about 3D, for $99 (around £55), a "standard" edition for $199 (£110) at launch, $249 (£138) thereafter, and an "advanced" edition with additional modelling, lighting and rendering capabilities for $999 (£550).