UPDATE: Digit is to give away the complete, commercial version of Digital Element’s award-winning WorldBuilder Pro 2.3 with the next issue, on sale June 26, 2003. World Builder is a professional 3D landscape modelling and animation tool, and the £699 package is included to help celebrate Digit’s fifth anniversary. WorldBuilder Pro includes a ton of modelling and atmospherics tools to create virtual worlds, plus rendering tools and the ability to export to numerous 3D formats. Even better, WorldBuilder Pro 2.3’s powerful renderer is unique. Nearly everything is animatable, down to individual blades of grass, leaves, and trees blowing automatically in the wind, using a keyframe system. The give away is exclusive to Digit magazine – you simply cannot get this with any other magazine! WorldBuilder Pro comes with a huge library of preset landscapes, plants and vegetation, skies, water, rocks, roads, decorations, rainbows, and waterfalls. Plus, there’s also a substantial selection of materials – everything from rough, rocky textures to grass, snow and concrete. So, it doesn’t take long to build a decent scene just by dragging-&-dropping these elements into place. Landscapes are created by drawing a series of skeleton lines – much like contours, over which the ‘skin’ of the landscape is ‘draped’ to form the surface. It’s a bit like building a tent from a framework and then hanging the material from it. As with Discreet 3DS Max and other 3D programs, WorldBuilder uses a familiar four-view setup, so it’s simple to learn. It uses objects and materials much like any other 3D program. It includes full 3DS Max plug-ins as well. This is the full version, and there are NO timeout or export restrictions. This is the complete version for you to keep forever! With WorldBuilder Pro it’s easy to produce realistic-looking terrain, even with just a couple of skeleton lines. You can alter the roughness and steepness of the skin, and refine it by adding procedural erosion, bump maps, or displacement maps. WorldBuilder Pro’s trees and vegetation are true 3D objects, and thus suitable for close-up shots. Placing them is simple: you can either scatter them randomly within a chosen area, or dictate that they should ‘grow’ only within certain limits, such as within a range of slopes and altitudes. WorldBuilder Pro is a superb program – and version 2.3 is yours next month. It offers almost every feature you could want with a simple interface. You don’t need to be great at ecology or geology to use it, and render times are fast. Also included are demos of the latest version (3.5), plus a fantastic upgrade offer, and a massive collection of tutorials in the magazine. It’s the complete 3D world-building tool. Make sure you reserve the next issue now!