Shade 8.5 Announced by e frontier

e frontier announced today that it has released an update to its 3D modeling and rendering software Shade 8 that will support the Universal Binary version of its Shade 8 software for Intel® Core™ Duo processor-based Macintosh and 64-bit Windows computers. Shade 8 users will receive a free update to Shade 8.5. Other features such as export capabilities to QuickTime VR and better integration with Poser are included in this update.

Sunny Wong, Director of Engineering, Shade Division, said, “Artists and designers are going to be excited when they use Shade’s powerful rendering engine on the Intel-based Mac and 64-bit windows machines. Shade is going to be faster and much more responsive.”

Running natively on the Intel Mac, performance of Shade 8.5 is increased as much as 20%. On 64-bit Windows machines, Shade 8.5 users will be able to use more memory and process more date at one time.

Some of the new features and improvements in Shade 8.5

  • 3D Sound: users will be able to import and export sound files

  • QuickTime VR Export: for panoramic or object movies
  • Path Constraints Plug-in: permitting easy linked motion
  • FogPlus plug-in: for advanced fog effects
  • Free Shade Content: 690 piece Shade Content Collection #3 “Cars and Transport” is included free

Major Improvements:

  • PoserFusion™: bounding box display is supported

  • ShadeExplorer: support of background and sound catalog
  • Improved User Interface

Pricing and Availability:
For a limited time, pricing is as follows: Upgrades from Shade 7 and Poser: $ 99.99 (USD)
Shade 8.5 standard: $ 199.99 (USD)
Shade 8.5 professional $ 899.99 (USD)

For more information on pricing, upgrades, availability or to buy Shade 8.5, please visit the e frontier web site at Shade and other e frontier products can also be purchased at reseller stores.

About e frontier, Inc.
e frontier, Inc., and its subsidiary companies develop and publish a diverse range of software products worldwide, produce quality computer graphic content and publish software-related books and magazines. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with offices in Scott Valley, CA. For more information, visit

Posted on: April 10, 2006

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