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Title(s): Ray Dream Studio

Version ID: 5.5.1

Date released: September 1999

Date: 1991

Creator(s): Ray Dream Inc Contributor(s): Ray Dream Inc., MetaCreations

Relationships:

  • Previous Version(s):
    • Version 1.0
    • Version 2.0
    • Version 3.0
    • Version 4.0
    • Version 5.0
    • Version 5.5
  • Contains: None
  • Syntax Format(s):None
  • Family Format(s): None

Description: Ray Dream Studio was a low-end 3d modeling software application. Initially developed by Ray Dream, Inc

History: Ray Dream Studio was a low-end 3d modeling software application. Initially developed by Ray Dream, Inc. in 1989-1991 for the Macintosh, it was acquired and upgraded over the course of mergers with Fractal Design and MetaCreations. Ray Dream was less expensive than most other offerings, renowned for its ease of use, and boasted an impressive feature set including a sophisticated shader editor. Other software programs from the same developers, such as Fractal Design Painter 3D, were often introduced in basic form to the suite. A moderately limited version lacking animation capability was sold for $99 as Ray Dream Designer (later Ray Dream 3D), and quickly became a mass-market favorite. The first three major revisions were very buggy. By the time of release of version 4, in late 1995, this had improved. In 1996, Ray Dream was acquired by Fractal Design, and in early 1997, Fractal design merged with MetaTools to form MetaCreations. Versions 5.0 and 5.5 were released by MetaCreations. The software was then merged with its higher-end stepsister, Infini-D, to form Carrara, lending many user interface elements and gaining a better rendering engine. Today, Carrara is maintained by DAZ 3D.

Example(s): http://www.dram.org/rd/rdnewsub.html

Identifier: http://www.aifweb.com/galleries/rds/rds.html Documentation: Documentation Template - Information in general about the engineering format.

File Extensions: RDS

Applications: - 3D graphics applications, games, user interfaces

  • Native application(s): 3D graphics games
  • Interoperable applications: Macintosh OS

Magic numbers: None

Format(s): None

Rights: Property rights

Sustainability Factors:

  • Standardization:
  • Adoption:: None
    • Licensing and patent claims: Ray Dream Inc
  • Self-documentation: None
  • External dependencies: None
  • Technical protection considerations: None

Typical use: CAD, CAM

File classification:

  • Type {Binary, Text}: Binary
  • Raster data:
    • Raster data 2D:
      • Is Supported: Ye
      • Description: Has the ability to create raster with several layers
    • Raster data 3D:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: Has the ability to create raster with several layers
  • Geometric representation:
    • Implicit representation:
      • Implicit surfaces:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Surfaces are created by specifed equations in form of x,y,z
      • Implicit curves:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Curves can be created from equations
      • Point set:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Point set is supported
    • Mesh:
      • Manifold surface meshes:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description:
      • Manifold volume meshes:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description:
      • Non-manifold meshes:
        • Is Supported:Yes
        • Description:
    • Parametric representation:
      • Parametric surfaces:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Surfaces can be created by parametric equations
      • Parametric curves:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Curves can be created by parametric equations
    • Contour sets:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
    • NURBS:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: NURBS is supported since version 4.0
  • Multi-resolution models:
    • Is Supported: No
    • Description: None
  • Dynamics:
    • Kinematics:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: Parts can be rotated with specific degrees
    • Assembly:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
    • Force(s):
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
  • Boundary representation
    • Manifold surface boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: Surfaces boundary is supported from version 1.0
    • Manifold volume boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: None
    • Non-manifold boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: Non-manifold boundary is supported
  • Material transparency:
    • Is Supported: No
    • Description: None

References: - A list of references regarding any aspects of this engineering format; any reading material supplemental to this page.