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09.08.2011 15:10 Age: 9 yrs

3Dconnexion Introduces Intelligent 3D Navigation for Autodesk Maya

New Enhancements Take 3D Modeling, Animation and Visual Effects to the Next Level

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Aug. 9, 2011 – 3Dconnexion today announced its intelligent 3D navigation technology is now available in Autodesk Maya, ensuring the ultimate level of control over 3D models and scenes for digital artists in any profession or industry.

Whether working with larger models or focusing on intricate details, the intelligent 3D navigation technology automatically determines the optimal center of rotation based on the user’s point of interest. In addition, the center of rotation can be (optionally) seen through an icon to give designers a reference point when controlling spin, tilt and roll motion, resulting in an extremely intuitive 3D navigation experience.

“Our innovative intelligent 3D navigation feature provides unprecedented levels of control,” said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. “By automatically establishing and displaying the optimal center of rotation, designers are free to focus more on the creative elements of their designs without having to think about positioning the model or navigating the scene."

Autodesk Maya users can easily switch between different intelligent 3D navigation modes including object mode, camera mode and target camera mode to suit their project or personal preference. Additionally, the rotation center calculation can be applied to the whole model or focused on a selected part. Further features are available including Lock Horizon, Move Objects and Autokey Animation.

In addition to intelligent 3D navigation, the latest driver update also streamlines the 3Dconnexion 3D mouse user interface within Maya. By using the Menu or Panel button on the 3D mouse, a pop-up menu is activated to centralize all 3D mouse related options into one location. The new pop-up menu simplifies the interface by grouping functions and hiding details the designer may not be interested in. The new menu also minimizes screen clutter and provides designers with a clearer view of their designs.

3Dconnexion will be demonstrating the new intelligent navigation feature in booth #970 at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver, Canada, August 9-11.

These new features are available now in a free 3DxWare software update, and support Autodesk Maya v 8.5 to 2012 on Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows 7 across the entire product line. The 3Dconnexion product line includes the Professional Series with the SpacePilot PRO (MSRP $399) and SpaceExplorer™ (MSRP $299), and the Standard Series with the SpaceNavigator (MSRP $99) and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129). For additional information, visit www.3Dconnexion.com.
About 3Dconnexion
3Dconnexion is the leading provider of 3D mice for 3D design and visualization. 3Dconnexion devices support today’s most popular and powerful 3D applications by offering users a more intuitive and natural way to interact with computer-generated 3D content. 3Dconnexion’s award-winning 3D mice serve a wide variety of industries and are used by 3D designers, animators and artists worldwide. 3Dconnexion is headquartered in Munich, Germany with North American headquarters in Boston, Mass. and offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.3Dconnexion.com. You may also connect with 3Dconnexion on Facebook and Twitter.

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