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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cheetah3D 5.7 Released

Today Cheetah3D 5.7 was finally released. Out of the beta stage, this release mainly improves some UI features. I think that the most important one is the possibility to assign a custom keyboard shortcut to all the functions in the program. In the past, this feature was limited to most (but not all) menu items. Now it has been greatly expanded, to the point where you can assign keyboard shortcuts to things like scripts and parametric objects—imagine pressing Control-C to create a cube :)

Also in the Preferences panel, many of the colors in the application can be customized. For instance, you can change the color of the background, or the color of the selected objects.

Additionally, Collada support has been improved, with the addition of animation support, among others.

It's great to see some of the UI aspects of the program being improved. I am a firm believer that, more than fancy features, what makes a program successful is a solid UI foundation. If you're a Cheetah3D user, let me know what you think of the new version.

Here's the link to Cheetah3D's download page.

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