Strata Design 3D CX 7.0.5 Release Notes

Updater Requirements

You must have Strata Design 3D CX 7.0.x in order to update to version 7.0.5. This updater will also update the PDF import extensions and Photoshop plug-ins if these have been installed into Strata Design 3D CX 7.

NOTE: The 7.0.5 update is NOT a Design 3D CXi update. Software purchased through the Mac App Store will be updated through the App Store.

What's been fixed in 7.0.5:

    Collada:

  • Added ability to select either PNG or JPEG as the image format.
  • Added support for exporting lights.
  • Added support for compound textures.
  • Added export option to flatten transformations.
  • Added export option to flatten hierarchy.
  • Added export option to toggle the inversion of transparency. Checking this option switches away from the Collada spec.
  • Added export option to toggle the inversion of transparency maps. Checking this option switches away from the Collada spec.
  • Added more decimal places to the Collada Import dialog.
  • Fix for stencil maps support in Collada files. This allows stencil maps to work with Preview and iBooks Author.
  • Several fixes for texture tiling and stencil maps.
  • Support for pivot points in Collada export with the hierarchy.
  • Using the material name as the base of the map names.
  • OBJ:

  • Stopped the exporting of hidden objects to OBJ.
  • FBX

  • Fixed the FBX saving issue.
  • Fixed some FBX texture display issues (for example - texture transparency).
  • Added FBX support for normals deformation.
  • 2D Bezier Reshape

  • Fixed grid snapping to work in the 2d Bezier edit mode.
  • Added support for Select All, Select None and Select Inverse in this edit mode.
  • Other:

  • Fix for Illustrator (.ai) 'pdf compatible' file recognition over a network.
  • PNG and TIFF output now retains the 'dpi' render setting.
  • Fix for an Extrude OP crash when collapsing palette.
  • Fixed a hot key timing issue (tool switch reverting due to long modeling window redraws).
  • Fixed Recent Files to work with Save As...
  • Fixed the issue that resulted in duplicate shapes when copying into another document.
  • Fix for some files not displaying the scene in the modeling window.
  • Fixed FBX import issue with finding missing texture files.
  • A fix for some undo crashers involving bezier editing in all its forms.
  • A fix for Extrude bevel edit issues.
  • Fixed the GL renderer aborting a rendering without an error message when a linked image texture is corrupt.
  • Fixed a possible crash in Triangulate face command.
  • Fixed the serial number retention issue on Mountain Lion.
  • Fix for cleaning up empty faces when loading models.
  • Fixed ctrl and ctrl-option clicking not working in the Project Window (manifest in the Mtn. Lion timeline scaling report).
  • Fixed an occasional crasher when leaving the polygon editor.
  • Disabled support for saving a PICT file.
  • Fixed a tolerance issue when calculating rotation angles.
  • Fixed an arbitrary units bug that caused some non-numerical value alerts.
  • Live 3D XMM export - fixed a bad texture output issue.
  • Fixed a PW refresh issue when drag-copying an object inside a shape.
  • Fix for not being able to drag a copy when having a sub shape selection.
  • Fix for updating selections when entering mesh reshape after UV edit session is already started.
  • Ensuring only a single UV session. ¬†If Edit UV is chosen again then the current session is brought forward.
  • Fix to the MatchMotion script to allow the loading of PFMatchit XML files in addition to PFHoe XML files.
  • Fix for tolerance issue when creating objects on a grid.
  • Added "Select Non-Manifold" to the polygon editor's edge mode contextual menu. (What are non-manifold edges? See Documentation Addenda section below.)
  • Several boolean fixes to deal with bad geometry. This fixes some crashing Strata model¬†files that contain pre-CX 7 boolean objects.
  • Fixes to avoid an issue that can cause the file size to bloat.
  • Fixes for Shapes tab plus menu popup not working with hotkeys.
  • Changes to the New Project templates visual layout.
  • Other fixes made for issues that showed up during the testing process.

Documentation Addenda for CX 7.0.5 Update

Collada

  • Collada (.dae) is a popular file format for transferring data between applications. It will export image maps including bump, stencil, etc. The receiving application may or may not support the loading of some of these maps.
  • When you export a Collada file, a dialog appears where you can choose from different export options.
  • Hierarchy

  • Flatten: This takes all of the objects in a model and moves them to the top level of the hierarchy. In the exported model there will not be any groups, and there will no longer be a hierarchy.
  • Burn Transformations: This takes an object's transformations and "burns" them into the exported mesh. Transformation information (such as position, rotation, scale and offset) is not retained as separate node data along with the mesh on export.
  • Transparency

  • Invert: Inverts transparency from the Collada standard. Some programs do not correctly set transparency in Collada files. If this is the case, use this option to invert the transparency on export.
  • Invert Map: This is similar to the Invert option, but will only invert the outputted transparency map.
  • Image Format

  • PNG: Exports image maps as .png files.
  • JPG: Exports image maps as .jpg files.

Non-Manifold Edges

    Polygon Editor, Edge-only Context Menu Commands:

  • Select Non-Manifold: This command selects any non-manifold edges in the poly mesh. A non-manifold edge is an edge that is open (connected to only one face) or connected to more than two faces. Non-manifold edges can cause problems with Boolean and Subdivision operations.

Boolean Modeling

    Non-Manifold Edges:

  • If you get an error or unexpected results in a Boolean operation, you may have one or more non-manifold edges in one of your objects. A non-manifold edge is an edge that is open (connected to only one face) or connected to more than two faces. Non-manifold edges can cause problems with Boolean and Subdivision operations.
  • To find any stray non-manifold edges, select Edge mode in the polygon editor. Use the Select Non-manifold context menu command to find any non-manifold edges in the object.
  • If you find there are open edges, you will need to correct it. Make the surface of the mesh solid by filling in areas where edges are connected to only one face.
  • If there are more than two edges, choose a face to delete or Unweld the edges. Then Weld (only) two edges back together.


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 Design 3D CX preferences, choose the application's Preferences command from the Strata Design 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.