Strata Live 3D CX 2 / In-Depth Feature List
Feature Overview
  • Upload your content to StrataLive3D.com, the revolutionary web service that is part of the Strata Live 3D CX 2 toolset
  • Imports VRML, DWF, and WIRE formatted files
  • Automatically extracts geometry, appearance and animation
  • Edit hierarchy and object names
  • Copy/Paste sections of the hierarchy
  • Copy/Paste parts between different models
  • Export meshes to VRML for editing in other tools
  • Scale, rotate, and move mesh data
  • Adjust positions, orientation and pivot points of objects
  • Insert flexible wires, cables, straps and sheets using dynamic Elliptical Hermite Lofts
  • Adjust scene lighting and orientation
  • Create new range-of-motion animations
  • Create material swaps (for texture or color changes)
  • Create color curve animations
  • Create object and material fade animations
  • Edit material properties: color, texture, lighting
  • Edit mesh smoothing groups
  • Set up initial object position, zoom and rotate limits, etc.
  • Graphically create animation scripts moving multiple parts, camera view, scene orientation and lighting
  • Easily specify conditional relationships between scripts, to create robust simulations
  • Automatically select texture and geometry compression parameters
  • Preview web compression and streaming prior to export
  • Handles models with hundreds of megabytes of texture
  • Handles models with millions of polygons
  • Optimizer automatically reduces polygon count, under user control
  • Optimizer automatically eliminates unneeded hierarchy
  • Easily edit underlying XML representation of Master Model
  • Create and edit meta-data associated with the model
  • Export animated models to plug-in-free Web 3D
  • Export animated models to plug-in-free 3D PDF
  • Available for both Windows & Mac


Web 3D Capabilities
  • Upload your content to StrataLive3D.com, the revolutionary web service that is part of the Strata Live 3D CX 2 toolset
  • Strata Live 3D CX 2 viewer requires no special plug-ins: relies on Java 1.1 or later
  • Strata Live 3D CX 2 "just works" on more than 90% of computers (Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, etc...)
  • Uses sophisticated Meson Platform for rich 2D interfaces and dynamic 3D scenes
  • Comprehensive optimization produces the smallest files in the industry
  • All HTML generated completely automatically


3D PDF Capabilities
  • 3D PDF requires no special plug-ins: works in Adobe® Reader
  • Generate 3D PDF directly from Live 3D CX 2, no Acrobat® required
  • Edit generated 3D PDFs using Illustrator® or Acrobat
  • Insert animated 3D models in any PDF using Acrobat Professional® or Acrobat 3D®
  • Automatically includes all animation behavior: no Javascripting™ required
  • Automatically includes easy-to-use interactive Navigation Bar
  • Automatically includes unique "Measure" feature
  • Automatically compresses all textures to ensure best performance on all hardware
  • Uses proprietary optimization to produce far smaller PDF files (typically 50-70% smaller than other tools)
  • Most robust U3D compressor in the industry - easily handles models that crash other tools
  • Only solution that supports enhanced, dynamic lighting models not found in U3D
  • Only solution that supports real-time texture and color swaps


Web Viewer 3D Capabilities
  • Dedkov compression produces the smallest 3D models across the largest range of model types (from photo-real high-texture models, to untextured scanned models)
  • JPEG, GIF, and Wavelet-streaming textures
  • Dynamic textures can be generated by a Meson program:
    • To embed 3D scenes onto texture in 3D scenes (for example, to show a moving scene on a camcorder model's view screen)
    • To use rendered text in the 3D scene (for example, to simulate the menu system of a mobile phone)
  • Real-time, dynamically generated shadows
  • Perspective-correct, bi-linear filtered textures of unlimited dimensions
  • MIP-map-style continuous texture anti-aliasing
  • 32-bit ARGB, 16- and 12-bit YCrCb, and 8-bit Y (constant CrCb) texture pixel formats, with optional error-diffusion dither
  • Photoshop-compatible color curves applied to texture images in real time
  • Real-time edge anti-aliasing
  • Stable-scene 256x over-sample progressive anti-aliasing
  • Perspective-correct Phong shader with no performance penalty
  • Specular highlights and chrome shading model (to convey shininess without the need for cumbersome reflection maps)
  • Dynamically-generated flexible objects (elliptical hermite lofts), for modeling wires, ribbon cables, straps, paper, etc.
  • Illustration rendering mode automatically turns 3D models into "sketches". Support for both line drawing over realistic shading, and line drawing over flat color
  • Reuse the animated Master Model in 3D PDF, and on the web


Web Viewer 2D Capabilities
  • Alpha channel compositing of an arbitrary numbers of layers
  • Smooth animation of any attribute (such as alpha, or position)
  • Hot areas, including pickable pixels, and rectangular areas
  • Mouse cursor control
  • Context (right click) menu
  • Unicode support for multi-lingual applications
  • Anti-aliasing text engine with CSS-like font control, drop shadow generation, and internationalized word-wrapping capability
  • Multi-state images and text (for mouse-over or push-button effects, for example)
  • Separate images for color/alpha information (for example, to use a JPEG image for color, and a grayscale GIF for the alpha channel)
  • Image tiling (primarily for repeating backgrounds)
  • Rotation, scale, skew, bilinear-filtering, and over-sampling of any 2D element, including rendered text or even the rendered 3D scene
  • Wavelet-streaming encoded images

System Requirements

Strata Live 3D CX 2 can be installed on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS X operating systems. Optional Photoshop plug ins require CS 4 or CS 5.x. Not presently compatible with CS 6.

Like any 3D program, this software is CPU, memory and graphics intensive. The following minimum configuration is provided; however complex models and textures may demand greater system capacity to run efficiently. If you experience sluggish response with larger models and textures, consider upgrading your system.
Macintosh Minimum System Requirements
  • PowerPC (G4, G5) or Intel Processor
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB Highly Recommended)
  • 45 MB available hard-disk space for install
  • 800 x 600 capable display
  • Java 1.4.2 required (available through Apple software update)
  • Optional Photoshop plug ins require CS 4 or CS 5.x. Not presently compatible with CS 6.
Windows Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Pentium 4, Athlon or better, 1 Ghz or faster
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB highly recomended)
  • 45 MB of available hard-disk space for install
  • 800 x 600 capable display
  • Java 1.4.2 required
  • Optional Photoshop plug ins require CS 4 or CS 5.x. Not presently compatible with CS 6.
Installation should be run within an account that has Administrator or Power User privileges. Simply run the Installer program and follow the instructions. The first time you run Strata Live 3D CX 2 you'll be asked to enter the Serial Number you received with your purchase.