Xenon™ is actually a cross-grade from Vellum® Solids 2000 where Cobalt™ offers a true upgrade.

Xenon v8 3D Modeling Offers:

  • Photo-rendered model-to-sheet views
  • Non-photo-realistic “sketch” rendering for stills and animations (SP1)
  • Real-time environment maps in edit window
  • Courtesy license to Graphite
  • Real-time zebra, normal, curvature & draft check in edit window
  • Real-time display in 3D of imported scanned hand sketches or other images
  • Direct support for imprinting profile sketches onto surfaces and solids to create surface subdivisions
  • Advanced control of anti-aliasing for object, edges, shadows and reflections
  • Independent control of reflections and refractions
  • Accelerated Phong and Gouraud shading options for fly-by and walk-through animations
  • Accelerated Phong and Gouraud shading options for render to file
  • Enhanced Shade Now shortcut
  • Photo-realistic environment maps for stills and animations
  • Photo-realistic sunlight (from location and date/time) for stills and animations
  • Photo-realistic florescent lights and area lights for stills and animations
  • Optionally include wireframe geometry in photo-realistically rendered stills and animations
  • Enhanced select and transform tools that directly move faces and edges in solids without using the specialized local face tools
  • Import and export of bitmap images
  • Imported bitmaps support alpha channel
  • Spherical, Cylindrical and enhanced Polar Duplicate tools
  • Enhanced Spacemouse-device support (Mac and Windows) (SP1)
  • Photo-realistic material changes displayed in real time in the edit window
  • Enhanced Spacemouse-device support (Mac and Windows)
  • Multiprocessor photo-realistic rendering and animation on Mac OS X
  • Direct, multi-sheet PDF creation with optionally embedded source and exported files
  • Optional automatic view scale indicator
  • Updated ACIS, STEP, IGES and Catia translators
  • Batch convert tool
  • AutoCAD 2007 DXF/DWG support
  • Updated interface with tear-off and dockable tools and palettes
  • Layers optionally override pen properties
  • User-definable interface skins
  • User-definable texture library locations
  • New installer
  • Universal Binary Support for Intel and Power PC Macs (SP1)
  • Compatible with ACIS 16 and Parasolids 12 for import and export
  • Model to Sheet View automatically draws scale as text element
  • Simplified menus for Text and Dimensions font and size selection
  • Enhanced import/export dialog box featuring target and source software by product name
  • Support for Mac OS X
  • No hardware key
  • An integrated 3D design environment of wires, surfaces and solids
  • Updated ACIS solid modeling kernel
  • Associative parametrics
  • Excellent precision drafting
  • Sophisticated shape development tools including splines, ellipses and conics
  • Enhanced user interface including collapsing windows and consistent tool icon layout
  • Mass properties
  • Enhanced Design Explorer Feature Tree for streamlined model management and conveying design intent
  • Bill of materials
  • 3D CAM/PRT output
  • Support for conics
  • Show/hide menu
  • More sophisticated spline and ellipse tools
  • Dimensioning tool to calculate length along spline or curve
  • Translators for Adobe Illustrator, Rhino 3DM, Shockwave, Parasolids (Windows only), PTC (through ACIS)
  • Support for QuickTime movies
  • Support for text entities as profiles
  • Courtesy license to Graphite v7

Cobalt v8 3D Modeling Additionally Includes:

  • All of the features of Xenon v8
  • Conditional equations
  • Nested equations
  • Real-time section profiles and cutaway views in edit window (SP1)
  • Variables allowed in status line and edit object fields
  • Relationship- and equation-driven parametrics for more efficient design iteration and greater productivity
  • Assembly tools to easily maintain relationships among parts
  • Mechanical parts library for greater time savings
  • Geometric dimensioning & tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Rib and lip design tools

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