Plug-ins output 3D scenes as web-optimized Macromedia® Flash® (SWF) files and expand vector rendering options for 3D professionals

Boulder, CO - March 7, 2005 - Today Electric Rain, Inc.® announced the release of Swift 3D® MAX and Swift 3D LW 3.0, the next generation plug-ins allowing Discreet® 3ds max®, Autodesk® Viz® and Newtek LightWave 3D® users to render 3D scenes to the SWF file format, as well as AI, EPS, SVG and Toon Boom’s PNT format.

"Swift 3D MAX and Swift 3D LW continue to set the bar in the 3D-to-vector arena," commented Mike Soucie, CEO of Electric Rain. "Our latest enhancements to the RAViX(TM) rendering engine enable users to publish content to the web in a shorter amount of time with higher quality results, allowing professionals to easily display their 3D design to just about anyone with a browser."

New Vector Rendering Capabilities
Increased Speed - Enjoy rendering speeds up to fifty times faster
Artistic Pen Styles - Create toon-style outlines with shape, angle and aspect controls
Per-Object Rendering - Set outline and fill settings for individual objects
Improved Transparency - Render hidden edges and lighting-defined surfaces
Realistic Shadows - Control density and color of single and overlapping shadows

Key Benefits
Full Spectrum Output - Offers widest range of vector rendering styles from cartoon to gradient shading, including outlines, reflections, transparency, shadows and speculars
Textured SWF Export -Supports textured renderings for raster-based output to Flash enabling users to convert 3D scenes into web-ready Flash files
Superior Flash Integration - Utilizes SmartLayer(TM) rendering technology, separating output into Flash layers for new design possibilities and higher optimization

"Some plug-ins make projects easier and some make them possible," commented Matt Hutchinson of Macguffin and Shemp. "This is definitely one of the latter. As the demand for 3D on the web grows there will come a point when you need a fast, simple and effective solution that delivers maximum quality vector renderings with minimum file size. When that need arises, the Swift 3D plug-ins will be waiting."

Swift 3D MAX 3.0 is available on the Windows platform and is compatible with Discreet 3ds max and Autodesk Viz versions 3.0 and above. Swift 3D LW 3.0 is available on the Windows and Macintosh OS X platforms and is compatible with LightWave 3D versions 7.0 and above. The SRP for both plug-ins is $295.00 USD for the full version and $149.00 for the upgrade. Both are currently available from the Electric Rain Web site at http://www.erain.com.

About Electric Rain Electric Rain is the industry-leading developer of 3D-to-vector software solutions for Macromedia Flash. Electric Rain’s product line includes Swift 3D standalone and Swift 3D plug-ins for 3ds max and LightWave 3D. For more information, visit http://www.erain.com or call 888-613-1500 or 303-543-8230.