Into 3D With form.Z

Into 3D With form.Z

by Lachmi Khemlani
     
 

The first comprehensive hands-on guide to form.Z!

form.Z, first introduced in 1991 by auto.des.sys Inc., is a popular general-purpose 3D modeling, rendering, and animation program that puts sophisticated solid, surface, and form-manipulating capabilities into the hands of the personal computer user. RenderZone, a component system, allows photorealistic rendering,

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The first comprehensive hands-on guide to form.Z!

form.Z, first introduced in 1991 by auto.des.sys Inc., is a popular general-purpose 3D modeling, rendering, and animation program that puts sophisticated solid, surface, and form-manipulating capabilities into the hands of the personal computer user. RenderZone, a component system, allows photorealistic rendering, and RadioZity, another component system, allows depiction of sophisticated lighting effects. The advantage of form.Z, compared to other 3D CAD programs, is that it is elegant, very easy to use, personal-computer-friendly, less expensive, and both Mac- and PC-compatible. The international installed base is in excess of 25,000 offices; there are also more than 200 colleges and universities participating in the form.Z Joint Study Program.�

This is the first book that has been written for the latest release of form.Z, version 3.0. It lets you bypass classroom instruction and lengthy software manuals, taking you step-by-step through the full range of system capabilities: from 2D through 3D modeling, lighting effects, rendering, and animation.

For more information please visit the book's website: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~lachmi/formZbook/formZbook.htm

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070349339
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
06/24/1999
Edition description:
BK&CD ROM
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.23(d)

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Lachmi Khemlani

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form.Z is easily the best program for 3D design, beating more expensive programs hands-down when it comes to simplicity and ease of use. At the same time, it is very sophisticated and powerful — there is nothing you can conceive of that you cannot model in form.Z. This book is a comprehensive guide to the latest version of the program, based on my extensive teaching experience with it at Berkeley. I start with the most simple tools and operations, and gradually lead you to the more complex parts, covering all aspects of the program by the end of the book. The format is that of a "workshop" — there are sets of exercises bringing together related tools and concepts, each concluding with a design problem, the modeling and rendering of which is described in detail. The design problems encompass a broad range of fields: architecture, interior design, urban design, structural design, product design, even graphic design!

The content of this book has evolved considerably from the time I first taught my form.Z course, based on my assessment of the manner in which the students responded to it, and their direct feedback and evaluation of the course after each session. I consider the carefully thought-out and organized sequence in which the material is presented as the main strength of this book. I have taken special care to avoid writing it as a manual! This is decidedly a "book" — all the tools and their operations are described as they are most likely to be used and need to be learned by you rather than in the sequence in which they appear in the program.

To see a detailed table of contents and images of the design problems tackled in the book, visit the following Website: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~lachmi/formZbook/formZbook.htm

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