Developer: Martin Wengenmayer

Current Version: 6.3.2

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 34.7 MB - Download


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Cheetah3D is a powerful and easy to learn 3D modeling, rendering and animation application which was developed from the ground up for OS X. So jump right into the world of Computer Generated Imaging. Create 3D artwork for your next iPhone game or make your first animated character.

• Modeling
With a full set of polygon, subdivision surface and spline modeling tools you can focus on creating; safe in the knowledge that Cheetah3D has a breadth of features for the task. Cheetah3D makes modeling in 3D a breeze for new and experienced users alike.

• UV editing
So you've modeled a character or new product design, it's time to get decorating and Cheetah3D is ready to get to work. With a powerful UV editor combined with a node based materials system you can paint and texture every model you make......

• Animation
Character rigging is part of the seamless animation system of Cheetah3D where just about every property of an object can be animated. Breathe life into a character for your next iPhone game or animate an architectural fly-through by the powerful animation system built into Cheetah3D.

• Dynamics
Cheetah3D smoothly integrates the industrial strength Bullet physics engine to simulate rigid body and soft body dynamics. No matter if you want to spill a bowl of marbles on the floor or simulate a waving flag in the wind. Cheetah3D can handle it with just a few mouse clicks.

• Rendering
Raytracing, Global Illumination, HDRI, Caustics and much much more means Cheetah3D can produce stunning images and animations using advanced techniques .... Create amazing pictures with Cheetah3D: mesmerize friends, colleagues and clients.

• Scripting
An easy to learn yet powerful Javascript API allows you to extend the feature set of Cheetah3D by custom object types, file loaders or tools.

• File exchange
Import and export of 3D models and animations using popular file types (fbx, stl, 3ds, obj etc.) enables sharing of content produced with Cheetah3D. Images and animations made in Cheetah3D can also be shared using a wide range of popular image and movie file types (jpg, tiff, png, mov etc.).

• Workflow
Cheetah3D integrates perfectly into the workflow of many popular Mac apps. With Cheetah3D you can create stunning 3D models for iBooks Author or many popular game engines.


Release Notes:

-Improved file compatibility with other 3D apps
-Fixed bug in 3DS camera import
-Fixed bug with inconsistent usage of color spaces
-Fixed bug in rotate along normal tool
-Fixed bug with layered FBX textures
-Fixed bug with hotkey assignment
-Fixed bug in SVG import
-Fixed typos in Javascript documentation
-Fixed performance bug when moving parametric objects
-Fixed bug when closing document windows
-Fixed bug in Vec3D::dot() function
-Increased FOV range


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 6.0
Review by echoLogin

Great App - I been using this app for over 2 years now, just love it

Found helpful by 44 out of 57 people
Version 6.1
Review by I-zoom

Only for people with 3D background - As a graphic designer, I have zero experience with 3D programs. ALL I wanted to do was texture map a graphic of my own creating onto a sphere. Simple, right? Not at all. There are literally hundreds of parameters, submenus and options in this program. Without spending a minimum of 6 hours in the tutorials, you will get nowhere fast. And I'm not sure that even after that much time, I'd be any further ahead. The interface is gorgeous and they did a great job on that, but this program is SO not for beginners and it is NOT AT ALL easy to learn. I still can't get the texture onto the sphere.

Found helpful by 16 out of 48 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 6.3.2
Review by US ArmyHAWK

This is not a well-made application - I’ve worked with a number of 3D applications over the years. Cheetah 3D is at the bottom of the list, in my opinion. The interface is clumsy to the point that creating simple objects is a time-consuming and often counter-productive headache. I tried to give this application the benefit of the doubt several times, but, inevitably, I grew frustrated with it to the point where I felt no other choice but to uninstall Cheetah 3D and consider my purchase a waste of money.

Found helpful by 9 out of 18 people
Version 6.3.2
Review by Gradenko

For the price, there is nothing else close - What an amazing package. I’m not much of a designer, and I think Cheetah3D could benefit from fuller documentation, but everytime I learn something new in it I’m amazed that I have access to this level of technology.

Found helpful by 9 out of 11 people
Version 6.3.2
Review by FlydogAZ

Has Potential, But Terrible Documentation - If you are considering ths software and have never used it before note that the developer does not publish any kind of reference manual or user’s guide. All you get is an online link to where you can spend triple what the software costs to buy third-party manuals, most of which you can’t preview before buying and turn out to be worthless . About the only way you can learn this software is by experimenting through trial and error and the user forums.

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people