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Strata Design 3D CX 6.1.1 Release Notes

Poly Editor:

  • Fix for UVs being destroyed when using Connect.
  • Fix for scaling or flattening animated vertices. (Forum discussion: Jumping polygon points when scaling)
  • Fix for a dissolve issue.
  • Fix for some face selection issues when a face intersects with the front clipping plane.
  • Triangulating a polygon mesh in the polygon editor will now respect UVs.
  • Fix for edge selection issue.

General:

  • Made the Replicate dialog values persistent.  Now the last set values are used for new documents.
  • Added an optimization to avoid processing collision geometry in scenes with no active particles.
  • Added an optimization for subdivision objects when the geometry is not animated. This could help some with pre-rolling.
  • Fixed a tolerance issue when exporting bezier objects to OBJ, Collada, XMM and when using the Photoshop plug-ins.
  • Fix for crasher when undoing adding an affect to spotlight or point light.
  • Fixed a copy/paste bug that could result in a bad merge of identical shapes and/or textures.
  • Fix for bad normals problem that was causing a hang in the raytrace renderer.
  • Fixed a Link undo crasher.

Hair:

  • Fixed a memory handling problem in the Hair FX shader.

Image Texture:

  • Fix for automatic updating of linked image maps.

Object Properties Palette:

  • Fix for object relative rotation in the transform tab.
  • Fix for rounding problem with too many fractional digits.

Rendering:

  • Fix for per-object radiance cache control.
  • Fixed a suspend rendering crash with stereo renderings.
  • Performance and quality improvements for blurry surfaces and the diffuse lighting cache.
  • Fix for an artifacting problem in raydiosity with blurred surfaces.
  • Improved performance when rendering scenes containing textures with animated values.
  • Further optimizations for raytraced volume shaders using shadow buffers on multi-core machines, with often dramatic speed ups.

Render Dialog:

  • Fix for the Draft slider setting rendering with similar results to Raytracing Better slider settings.

Subdivision:

  • Fix for Subdivided UVs issue when some faces don't have UVs.
  • Fix for a distortion problem on UV seams and subdivided UVs.

Windows:

  • Some fixes to the Photoshop plug-ins, mainly for Windows systems.
  • Fix for the Window XP missing tools problem reported with CX 6.1.
  • Fix for popup menus on secondary monitors on Windows.
  • Fix for the customize menu dialog on Windows.
  • Fix for the Text tool on Windows giving a missing resource error.

Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard):

  • A fix to handle a boolean object display issue under Mac OS X 10.6.x.

Technical Support Notes

Default Folder

Default Folder is known to cause Strata Design 3D CX to crash. If Strata Design 3D CX is crashing and you are using Default Folder, you should turn off Default Folder and see if the crash goes away.

From St. Clair Software's FAQ concerning this issue: "Default Folder X has been carefully designed and tested, but there is still a possibility that it may cause undesirable behavior or instability in an application. Fortunately, the robust design of Mac OS X isolates those effects to the application that is affected - Default Folder X cannot crash Mac OS X itself.

If you do encounter problems, please let us know at support@stclairsoft.com. We try our best to make sure that our products work seamlessly with the applications you need."

Suspended Renderings

When moving suspended renderings that contain linked textures, be sure that the .RDF and linked texture files are all located in a common folder. Suspended renderings will not prompt for missing files, so make sure that all the needed files are placed with the .rdf file.

Illustrator

Illustrator CS3/CS4: When using Illustrator CS3 or CS4 to create 2D objects for use in Strata 3D, you need to select either the Media or Web template.

Project Window

Change in tabbing and clicking between text fields in the Project Window. When selected, an editable text field must have its value, changed or unchanged, committed using the tab or return/enter key. Once that field's value has been committed, then the other text fields will become available for selection. Tabbing between fields is no longer available, you must mouse click to select the fields.

Online Technical Support

Strata's technical support can be reached by email at support@strata.com. Though customer sales support is available by phone, no technical support is available via telephone. Answers to technical questions can be found in two additional ways. You can search the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and gain access to many other support resources by clicking on the Support link at Strata's website (www.strata.com). You can also find a great deal of support resources at Strata's user community site - www.stratacafe.com. At the StrataCafe you can find helpful information in the forums and answers to specific questions. You'll also find a place to post your work in progress and gain access to tips, techniques and more.

The StrataCafe at http://www.stratacafe.com is where you will find a very willing community of Strata users who can help answer many of the questions you may have about Strata 3D and many other issues dealing with the 3D world. You'll find the discussion forums to be friendly. Also check out the image galleries, resource libraries, and much, much more.


Resetting Preferences

If you would like to reset all of your Strata 3D CX preferences, choose the application's Preferences command from the Strata 3D CX menu. Sometimes (though it is rare) the preference file may become corrupt and cause the application to function strangely. Resetting the preferences can sometimes help to resolve abnormal behavior in the application. To Reset the preferences, go to the Preferences dialog and click on the Reset button. Use the Quit option to immediately reset the preferences.


Compatibility Issues - Graphics Card Issues

Strata 3D CX utilizes the 3D graphics card in your computer for drawing the modeling windows. This can include, but is not limited to the movement of objects and displaying textures in the various windows. It is also used for other functions in the program. It is usually a good idea to keep your drivers up-to-date. Apple supplies both the nVidia and ATI drivers as part of the system install. Occasionally, however, a driver update may become available on the Apple website for both the nVidia and ATI cards, or via Software Update. ATI may also post newer drivers on their website for cards purchased separately from your Macintosh.

Strata 3D CX users with nVidia graphics cards are strongly encouraged to set your Display Preferences to Millions of Colors (32 bit) for the best possible user experience.