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Title(s): Z3D - ZModeler (or Zanoza Modeler)

Version ID: 2.2.1 - Newest release

Date released: 2009-02-16 - Date that the version was released.

Date: 2000 - ZModeler 1.x documentation was last updated in 2000, so the original format must have been created earlier than that.

Creator(s): Oleg Melashenko

Contributor(s): Oleg Melashenko

Relationships: - Relationships that the engineering format has with organizations, other formats, etc.

  • Previous Version(s): ZModeler 1.x - Any engineering format that is a previous version format of this one.
  • Contains: NONE - Any engineering format that is contained by this format.
  • Syntax Format(s): NONE - Any syntax formats that the engineering format may use.
  • Family Format(s): NONE - Any family formats to which the engineering format may belong.

Description: Zanoza Modeler (ZModeler) is a software for creating and modifying 3D artwork (models) for variouse games. Comparing to advanced 3D Graphics packages, ZModeler is not intended to produce very detailed 3D models required for photo-realistic renderings, instead, ZModeler should be used for low or average-detailed 3D models for realtime rendering in games. The more accurate you create and texture 3D models, the better they look ingame. On the other hand, high-detailed models, even while they look much more impressively, can and usually cause slowdown of game's performance and sometime make gameplay unsatisfying. A proper balance of details, texture-work and polygons optimization is what 3D artist should be aimed to.

History: There have been 2 major versions of Zmodeler, version 1.x and version 2.x. The ZModeler2 file format is different from the ZModeler 1x series' file format. Although ZModeler2 can open ZModeler 1 files, ZModeler 1 cannot open ZModeler2 files. Both formats have the same file extension. They are also both capable of storing unsupported data. Z3D files do not store the textures; instead, textures are separately stored as bitmaps, PNG, or other supported files types.warning.png"There have been 2 major versions of Zmodeler, version 1.x and version 2.x. The ZModeler2 file format is different from the ZModeler 1x series' file format. Although ZModeler2 can open ZModeler 1 files, ZModeler 1 cannot open ZModeler2 files. Both formats have the same file extension. They are also both capable of storing unsupported data. Z3D files do not store the textures; instead, textures are separately stored as bitmaps, PNG, or other supported files types." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.

Example(s): Zmodeler2 example

Identifier: zmodeler2.com

Documentation: Zmodeler2 Documentation

File Extensions: Z3D

Applications: Zmodeler

  • Interoperable applications: NONE

Magic numbers: NONE

Format(s): NONE

Rights: BSD License

Sustainability Factors: - NONE

  • Standardization: NONE - Information regarding standardization attempts with this format.
  • Adoption: N/A - Information about how this format has been adopted by other organizations.
    • Licensing and patent claims: BSD License - Any licenses or patent claims that the engineering format makes.
  • Self-documentation: N/A - Any self-documentation capabilities of the format.
  • External dependencies: Microsoft Windows - Anything that the format depends on outside of its control to function.
  • Technical protection considerations: N/A - Any considerations that are necessary when it comes to technical protection.

Typical use: Games - Keywords that describe the format's typical use. Examples: CAD and CAM

File classification: - Specific properties that pertain to this engineering format.

  • Type {Binary, Text}: Binary
  • Raster data: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports raster data.
    • Raster data 2D: - Can the format support 2D raster data? Example: A format that can contain 2D pixelated data supports 2D raster data.
    • Raster data 3D: - Can the format support 3D raster data? Example: A format that can contain 2D pixelated data of a 3D model supports 3D raster data.
  • Geometric representation: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports geometric representations.
    • Implicit representation: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports implicit representations.
      • Implicit surfaces: - Can the format support implicit surfaces? Example: A format that can contain surfaces that are generated with mathematical equations that contain the independent variables x, y, and z, like x^2 + y^2 + z^2 * R^2 = 0, supports implicit surfaces.
        • Is Supported: NO
        • Description:
      • Implicit curves: - Can the format support implicit curves? Example: A format that can contain curves that are generated with mathematical equations that contain the independent variables x, y, and z, supports implicit curves.
        • Is Supported: NO
        • Description:
      • Point set: - Can the format support point sets? Example: A format that supports surfaces and lines that are generated by points that form triangles supports point sets.
        • Is Supported: YES
        • Description:
    • Mesh: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports mesh.
      • Manifold surface meshes: - Can the format support manifold surface meshes? Example: A format that supports surfaces that are mathematical spaces in which every point has a neighborhood which resembles Euclidean space
        • Is Supported: NO
        • Description:
      • Manifold volume meshes: - Can the format support manifold volume meshes? Example: A format that supports volumes that are mathematical spaces in which every point has a neighborhood which resembles Euclidean space
        • Is Supported: NO
        • Description:
      • Non-manifold meshes: - Can the format support non-manifold meshes? Example: A format that supports meshes that are not manifolds
        • Is Supported: YES
        • Description:
    • Parametric representation: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports parametric representations.
      • Parametric surfaces: - Can the format support parametric surfaces? Example: A format that can contain surfaces that are generated with parametric equations supports parametric surfaces.
        • Is Supported: NO
        • Description:
      • Parametric curves: - Can the format support parametric curves? Example: A format that can contain curves that are generated with parametric equations supports parametric curves.
        • Is Supported: NO
        • Description:
    • Contour sets: - Can the format support contour sets?
      • Is Supported: NO
      • Description:
    • NURBS: - Can the format support Non Uniform Rational Basis Splines? Examples: The engineering formats IGES, STEP, ACIS, and PHIGS
      • Is Supported: YES
      • Description:
  • Multi-resolution models: - Can the format support models with multiple resolutions? Examples: A format that supports a highly detailed and lowly detailed model simultaneously supports multi-resolution models.
    • Is Supported: NO
    • Description:
  • Dynamics: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports dynamics.
    • Kinematics: - Can the format support kinematics? Example: Does the format allow model parts to rotate?
      • Is Supported: NO
      • Description:
    • Assembly: - Can the format support assembly? Example: Does the format allow the assembly instructions to be explicitly specified with a model?
      • Is Supported: NO
      • Description:
    • Force(s): - Can the format support forces? Example: Does the format support acceleration forces?
      • Is Supported: NO
      • Description:
  • Boundary representation - Can the format support models with boundary representations?
    • Manifold surface boundary representations: - Can the format support manifold surface boundary representations? Example: The engineering format STEP
      • Is Supported: NO
      • Description:
    • Manifold volume boundary representations: - Can the format support manifold volume boundary representations? Example: The engineering format STEP
      • Is Supported: NO
      • Description:
    • Non-manifold boundary representations: - Can the format support non-manifold boundary representations? Example: The engineering format STEP
      • Is Supported: NO
      • Description:
  • Material transparency: - Can the format support transparency? Example: Does the format allow models to have a clear window in a car?
    • Is Supported: YES
    • Description:

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zmodeler, http://www.zmodeler2.com/docs/program/lessons/basics/contents.html, http://forum.zmodeler2.com/