bonzai3D 3.1 Released

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bonzai3d 3.1

bonzai3d 3.1 released this week is a major update to bonzai3d with over new features including 14 new tools that add functionality for fabrication, 3D printing, NURBS modeling, shape editing, texture mapping and component management.

This Upgrade is available as as a downloadable upgrade for as little as $105 + GST if applicable – Click here for details (prior to Feb 1, 2013)

The existing bonzai3d tools have been improved and tweaked to make them even more powerful and flexible. Similar improvements have been made throughout the interface such as the new Sun Position palette that makes creating shadow and sun studies a breeze.

Extensive internal changes have improved the performance throughout bonzai3d making it even faster to produce great results. The following is a summary of the changes found in bonzai3d 3.1. Following each summary is a link to the on line manual for bonzai3d 3.1 that contains all of the details of the particular feature. Please note that in order to make certain improvements, support for some older technology could no longer be maintained. OS X 10.6 is the now the minimum supported version for OS X and bonzai3d 3.1 no longer supports machines that use Power PC processors (G5, G4 etc).
This latest version now takes bonsai3D a significant level up as tool that can tackle the needs of 3D designers, modellers and current or prospective Sketchup PRO users.

 

For windows users, Windows 8 is now supported 

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More users experience with bonzai3D vs Google Sketchup

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I have had a bit of a look around the forum and documentation, also downloaded the trial version of Bonzai and have only one burning question; Is there a viable way of creating construction drawings (for houses) that remains linked like they do in SU Pro?

I really like how Bonzai works, very intuitive and well thought out, but can see myself losing productivity if I have to use a 3rd party program for the final prints (and the obvious hassle of redoing exports if there are changes)

I notice that alot of users are exporting to Revit for this stage, but it doesn’t solve the problem with the drawings being divorced from the original model.

i don’t really want to go with SU pro due to the other work flow related issues (no tools for windows, doors etc, slow work flow) and can’t justify (at this stage) going for a 2K lite version of ArchiCad (It looks a little too crippled as well)

 

– Andrew Jones

response from autodessys Inc

 

Bonzai3d is designed as a 3d modeling program, and it can generate plans and sections that can be exported in 2d (or 3d) to a dedicated drafting program — such as AutoCAD, Archicad, Vectorworks, etc. As you note, this can require extra steps if there will be multiple revisions, and we are currently working on the Drafting Environment for formZ 7 — which will integrate the model with the documentation as you are requesting. 

formZ 7 will also use the bonzai3d interface (plus a lot more) so that modeling will be as quick and easy as it can be. If you would like to sign up for the Beta version and give it a try, you can do so here: 

http://www.formz.com/products/formz/formz7beta.html 

Right now, the Drafting Workspace is a bit of a work in progress, but Hatches have just been released, and soon Line Styles & Weights will be implemented — along with the full Layout Environment so that you can create full blown construction documents. And — if you make a change to the model, the documentation will be updated automatically. :-) 

Does this help? 

I haven’t test driven formz yet, it sound cool to have the bonzai features in it too. Is it possible to purchase bonzai and upgrade it later to the full formz program? Or perhaps buy the 2D drafting/ plotting environment as an add on? Anyway, that does answer the initial question. sorry to add more 🙂 I’ll have a look at the beta version, thanks.

– Andrew Jones

 

response from autodessys Inc

Yes, you will be able to upgrade from bonzai3d to formZ 7 in the future — but details have not yet been set for that. (The details for this will be available closer to the final release of formZ 7.) 

We are not sure if we will be adding a 2d add-on for bonzai3d in the long run — but it will not be available in the near future. If you know you will want integrated Drafting (beyond basic notes and dimensions), you should most likely choose formZ over bonzai3d. 

 

Ok, that makes sense. Had a bit of a play today with Beta 7, love the roof building tool! Love the way the drafting tool set can be selected easily, and the quality of the icons and descriptions is fantastic, great work.

I’ll keep poking around.

So I’m thinking the best option would be to buy bonzai3d now (so I can start learning the tools etc), and upgrade when fomZ 7 is released…anyway, sounds good either way.

– Andrew Jones

Google Sketchup Pro Competitor!

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bonzai3D powerful 3D modelling
bonzai3D powerful 3D modelling

Bonzai3d can be best described as SketchUp on steroids.  It takes the Google program and enhances it to the next level.  Bonzai3d is not a polygon based modeller, but has the ability to use surface NURBS (the organic form modelling).  It also has the ability to create renders, build complex NURB shapes, deformations (bulge, taper, twist, bend surfaces), smart interfacing, thicken surfaces (even if curved), print 3d models (this is uber cool), push/pull and has intelligent guides.

Google SketchUp’s advantage is that it has huge user coverage with its ability to load up models into a warehouse and onto GoogleEarth.  AutoDesSys have programmed their software to make advantage of this social library.  Bonzai3d can import and export skp files (SketchUp’s file extension) meaning the designer has complete accessibilty to the SketchUp warehouse.

Bonzai3d was released in July 2009 and probably slipped under the radar of most users and for its power and ease of use should be used more widely.  The push/pull tool is exactly the same as Google’s but has the added bonus to creating more complex shapes by using a thicken tool and then it can render realistically!  The great thing is if you are a SketchUp user in the past then learning Bonzai3d is a very easy cross-over.  You can attend webinars or can sign-up to or watch a replay online.  These webinars are a great way to pick up tips and tricks from the makers of the program and ask them questions.

Download the trial version onto your Mac or PC  and see what you think.  Once you have trialled Bonzai3d after downloading it for FREE  for up to 30 days  we are sure you’ll want to keep it.

As such we are offering a special Purchase discount  coupon (B3DWP) that can be used for a 15% discount off all new bonzai3D purchases online  here at Smarttec.com.au.

I would love to know what you think, but I’m sure you’ll agree with me.

Top 10 reasons to purchase:

1. bonzai3d offers EASY SCULPTING
2. bonzai3d offers a FLUID, POWERFUL and SMART INTERFACE
3. bonzai3d offers CLASSIC MODELLING TOOLS with REAL TIME DYNAMIC EDITING
4. bonzai3d offers DEFORMATIONS that work on any solid or surface
5. bonzai3d offers SPECIALTY TOOLS peppered throughout the application
6. bonzai3d offers an expandable CONTENT LIBRARY able to import .skp models
7. bonzai3d PLAYS WELL WITH OTHER programs 16 import file formats & 13 export file formats
8. bonzai3d offers ADVANCED REAL-TIME RENDERING
9. bonzai3d offers the MATCH VIEW TOOL
10. bonzai3d offers NURBS based ORGANIC FORM modelling
Bonzai3d also includes FREE EMBEDDED VIDEO TUTORIALS making learning easy!