Creating Geo-referenced 3D Scenes for Google Earth with REALVIZ VTour 1.1 & ImageModeler 4
20% Discount on Latest Versions of VTour & ImageModeler From Now Until End of September 2006
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Sophia Antipolis, France (September 11, 2006) --REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is pleased to confirm that it is now possible for users of their acclaimed photo-based software applications, VTour and ImageModeler® (Windows® users, Mac® to follow) to create geo-referenced 3D scenes for Google™ Earth. 3D models, virtual tours and other photo-realistic material created with ImageModeler 4 and version 1.1 of VTour, available from this week, can now be directly exported and published in Google Earth, pin-pointing exact geographical positioning, courtesy of the Google Earth 3D viewer.

ImageModeler is the solution to create photo-realistic 3D models from multiple photographs. This image-based modeling software is extremely useful to create models of buildings, houses, or other objects of any size, provided that you can shoot pictures around the object. VTour draws on the award-winning technology of Stitcher® and ImageModeler and enables users to create 3D environments such as interiors, or urban areas using polygonal photo-textured primitives, from a single photo or single panorama.

Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at the fingertips of users worldwide. In addition to the bird's eye view provided by Google Earth, the REALVIZ suite of tools offer the possibility to observe the world from ground level. Thanks to ImageModeler 4 and VTour 1.1, users can simulate what a person would see walking in a city or on a trail, with total photo-realism and in crisp detail.

ImageModeler and VTour export photo-realistic 3D models (polygons and texture maps) to Google Earth using the COLLADA™ (Collaborative Design Activity) file format. COLLADA is an open standard XML file format developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., which is now supported by many 3D applications including: Google Earth (from version 4), SOFTIMAGE®|XSI®, Autodesk® 3ds Max® & Maya®, Blender...etc. The exported file can simply be dragged and dropped to its exact location in Google Earth, then exported as a KML file that you can share with anyone on the planet.

New Autodesk® Maya® export in REALVIZ VTour 1.1 for Windows: VTour 1.1 now also comes with a completely new export to Autodesk Maya for a complete integration in the most widely used 3D production chains. This new feature offers the following benefits:

  • It exports camera, 3D models, textures, 3D points, coordinate system, environment maps.
  • It automatically provides the necessary Maya hierarchy for the exported data.
  • It automatically creates an environment map from the original spherical panorama.
  • It provides the MEL script to help the creation of multi-environment projects.

  • This export for VTour 1.1 is compatible with Maya from version 6.0.

    Pricing and availability

    ImageModeler 4:
    ImageModeler 4 is available for Microsoft Windows through REALVIZ resellers worldwide and from REALVIZ direct at a price point of 750 Euros/$ 850 US. Existing owners of version 4 of ImageModeler can now download this latest version of the software, including the COLLADA export, from the REALVIZ website free of charge. The COLLADA exporter for ImageModeler for Macintosh will be available on the same date as the release of VTour 1.1 for Mac next month.

    Existing owners of ImageModeler 3.5 may also upgrade to ImageModeler 4, including the new COLLADA export, and save 20% discount. (Promotional Upgrade price 200 Euros/ $ 230 US instead of 250 Euros / $ 290 US.)

    Existing owners of earlier versions prior to ImageModeler 3.5 may also trade up to ImageModeler 4, including the new COLLADA export, and save 20% discount. (Promotional trade up price: 320 Euros/$ 370 US instead of 400 Euros/$ 460 US.)

    VTour 1.1:
    VTour 1.1, including the Maya and COLLADA export, is available for Windows® 2000/XP at a price point of 499 €/$ 580 US. The new 1.1 patch can also be downloaded by existing owners of version 1.0 free of charge. A Mac® version will be available from October 2006.

    20% Discount for New Users: New users of ImageModeler and VTour can obtain 20% discount when they buy between now and the end of September 2006. VTour 1.1: Promotional price 400 Euros/$ 460 US (instead of 499 Euros/$ 580 US). ImageModeler 4 with the new COLLADA export: Promotional price 600 Euros/$ 680 US (instead of 750 Euros/$ 850 US).

    * Promotional prices are for electronic versions with PDF manual. Offer valid from now (7. September 2006) until the end of September 2006.

    For further details on VTour and ImageModeler, please go to: http://imagemodeler.realviz.com , or contact: sales@realviz.com

    About REALVIZ
    REALVIZ is a leading developer of image based creation software based in Sophia Antipolis, France, with satellite sales offices in Los Angeles, London and Paris. REALVIZ develops a suite of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the company's applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily and cost-effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ' award-winning products are used by thousands of professional photographers, as well as leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide, including Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, The Orphanage, Inc, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Duran Duboi and many others. www.realviz.com.

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