Press Release

Flight Studio from Bluerock Technologies Becomes Newest Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in

(New Orleans, LA – June 16, 2004) - Turbo Squid, home of the world’s largest collection of royalty-free 3D assets and worldwide publisher and distributor for the Discreet® Certified 3ds max® Plug-in program, today announced the release of Flight Studio from Bluerock Technologies as a DCP.

Flight Studio is a complete set of OpenFlight® importing, editing, and exporting tools for Discreet 3ds Max 6 professional 3D modeling, rendering and animation software. Most tools that read and write OpenFlight files typically change the structure of the data, which forces timely reworks and limits the usefulness for visual simulation. Bluerock Technologies has addressed this key limitation to preserve the original OpenFlight structure while allowing the simulation modeler to edit and create new 3D elements that can be directly placed in the scene.

Flight Studio will allow the user to load, edit and export OpenFlight scene graphs and databases from within Discreet's 3ds Max 6 software, all while retaining scene graph structure and attributes. This new DCP offers OpenFlight artists unparalleled access to the scene graph and its attributes, enabling new capabilities not currently available in any other tool. New features include scene graph and attribute editing, LOD and Switch node management, easy to use hierarchy display, all while maintaining the original scene graph structure. In addition to these new features OpenFlight artists can continue to use the full range of award wining content creation tools available in 3ds Max 6, including polygonal and multi-resolution mesh modeling, unwrap UV modifier, texture baking, real-world lighting, and vertex paint modifier. Given the powerful creation tools available with 3ds Max 6, artists will have a new platform for creating accurate, efficient and compelling OpenFlight databases.

“OpenFlight artists now have an efficient pipeline into Discreet’s 3ds Max software with Flight Studio,” said Brian Blau, CEO of Bluerock Technologies. “As a DCP, Flight Studio gives users a higher level of support and familiarity when using the product. We are happy to have Discreet and Turbo Squid as our partners.”

Key features of Flight Studio:

  • Plug-in for 3ds Max 6 to import, edit, and export OpenFlight data
  • Direct editing of scene graph attributes and elements from within 3ds Max 6
  • Retain original scene graph information
  • Highly flexible workflows, enabling seamless transfer of files between OpenFlight and 3ds Max 6
  • Write current and older version of OpenFlight file format
  • Edit control of LOD, DOF, Light Point, Switch, BSP, Clip and many other nodes
  • Edit and maintain data in external file references

Suggested Vertical Applications:

  • Military Simulation
  • Training & Development
  • Visual Simulations and Walkthroughs
  • Game development
  • Geographic Information Systems

Pricing and availability

Open Flight has a suggested retail price (SRP) of US $1495, with an introductory special of $995 through the end of July. Open Flight is now available from Turbo Squid at http://www.turbosquid.com, from Discreet at http://www.discreet.com/products/3dsmax/dcp, or from authorized Resellers around the world. For a Reseller near you, contact sales@turbosquid.com.

Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program

Working together, Discreet and Turbo Squid are carefully selecting third party solutions that bring compelling value to 3ds Max artists. These plug-ins are subjected to stringent testing procedures defined by Discreet to ensure each plug-in works well with 3ds Max software and other Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins.

Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins are backed up by an online support system implemented by Turbo Squid including developer-moderated forums, FAQs, tutorials, demos, and the latest product information for Discreet 3ds Max artists.

For more information on Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins visit: http://www.turbosquid.com.

About TurboSquid

Founded in 2000, Turbo Squid is dedicated to the management and distribution of digital products and other relevant content for 3D and 2D designers and creative professionals. Turbo Squid provides a global market for digital products by enabling individual and corporate users to list, promote and sell their content to users around the world. In 2003 Turbo Squid was named as the exclusive publisher and worldwide distributor for the Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program. Turbo Squid is a privately held and venture-backed company. More information can be found at the company's web site: www.turbosquid.com.

About Discreet

Discreet empowers moving media professionals to realize the visual experience, transforming their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Its range of award-winning systems and software is developed for digital media creation, management and delivery—across all disciplines from visual effects and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive design, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information is located on the Internet at http://www.discreet.com.

About Bluerock Technologies

Bluerock Technologies, a privately held company based in the San Francisco area, is a software company specializing in the design and development of 3D computer graphics technologies and tools. With over 20 years' development experience, Bluerock Technologies provides best-of-class software for the entertainment, military simulation, and other industries. For more information on Bluerock Technologies, please call 510-526-5820 or visit us on the web at http://www.bluerock.com.

Contact:
Dan Lion
VP Sales and Marketing
TurboSquid, Inc.
Tel: (504) 680-4402

Discreet Public Relations
Kevin G Clark, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications
Tel:(415) 547-2457
Kevin.g.clark@autodesk.com

Bluerock Technologies
Brian Blau
Tel: (510) 526-5820
brianblau@bluerock.com