SIGGRAPH: Show opener tidbits

The Siggraph 2000 show has open, with 25,000 attendees and team Digit on hand to see the latest 2D and 3D graphics technologies. While Macromedia and Intel's moves into the Web-streaming 3D market caused much of the early buzz, here's a other early product announcements: detailed stories to follow. * 3D company auto*des*sys is to update form*Z - it's 3D modelling and animation package to version 3.6. The update, which promises to be the last 0.x update before a full-blown revamp later, adds enhanced rendering capabilities, QuickTime VR support and the ability to work with Illustrator-style splines. * Wamnet US is to bring a cut-down version of its popular online rendering farm. Dubbed ROD Lite, it allows 3D artists to use its Rendering on Demand service - a render farm that consists of 350 CPUs - accessed via the Internet. Initally supported for Windows only, other platform support is slated for later release. No details on the UK service were given. * Linker Systems - makers of Animation Stand - has upgraded its software to version 4.3. The upgrade offers support for Twain image-capture (letting the application capture scans directly from any Twain device), and Macromedia Flash export. More news as it breaks.

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