Sunday, March 8, 2009

NVidia 240 GPU Tesla Monster

NVidia is working on some very exciting 240 multicore GPU tech that future versions of Aladdin 4D may take advantage of. We will be researching and exploring this evolving technology. Learn more via the link below.

NVidia Tesla

Magic Toolbar

Aladdin 4D's Toolbar will be changing in the next version. The greyscale drab toolbar pictured here will be gone. It will be replaced with a user configurable toolbar that will allow you to create your own images for the various tools. There will also be an option to just display text in case you want to read what the tool does, text what a concept!

Trick Contest Question Announced on ART # 38

We announced the trick Aladdin 4D origins question on Amiga Round Table Episode #38. Please listen to that episode and join the A4D Blog as a follower to win the contest. You will have to do a little digging to win and the first one that answers the question right wins a free Aladdin 4D. If you feel you have the right answer please leave it in the comments section of this blog entry. For your convenience we have provided a direct link to episode #38 below.

ART Episode #38

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just a Little Hash?

A few of you have asked why we sometimes veer off topic on the Aladdin 4D Blog. It's suppose to be about that damn Aladdin 4D after all right? What you don't know is that we do it on purpose and it was slightly inspired by Martin Hashes Minutes. Who is that? Martin Hash is the CEO of Hash Inc. and they have been creating 3D animation software since the late 1980's on the Amiga. Today they are a Windows/Mac shop but they started before many others. Martin used to write some very creative and interesting minutes before Blog times. He too veered off topic many many times! Find out more about Hash Inc. below and get a sample of Martin's Minutes. Thanks Martin for inspiring us just little. Maybe you could make all your minutes available on the web again for everyone to enjoy?


Hash Inc.

Martin's Minutes

Wired Interview With Martin Hash

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Win a Copy of Aladdin 4D!

Aladdin 4D Contest

Become a Follower on the Aladdin 4D Blog and get a chance to win a copy of Aladdin 4D for free. Sometime this week we will be asking a trick question. It's hard but not too hard and one lucky winner will win a copy of the software if they answer the question first. Only people that have signed up as Followers to this site will have the opportunity, so join soon if you want to win. Members of DiscreetFX and Amiga Round Table don't qualify for the contest but the winner will be announced on a future episode of Amiga Round Table.

We want to personally thank everyone that has believed in Aladdin 4D and new versions are shipping Q2 2009.

Dreaming in Amiga OS 4.1

Even though many people don't realize it yet. Amiga OS 4.1 has come out for a surprising amount of motherboards. First the Amiga One, then the MicroA1. Pegasos 2, SAM 440, and the list keeps growing. We hope this tread continues because it gives 4.1 more traction and awareness in the marketplace. Unlike other Amiga developers that have long abandoned Amiga OS we feel Aladdin 4D has a pleasant future on the platform. Of courses Aladdin 4D will also be available for other operating systems but any 3D animation app should follow that philosophy. 3D animation software is still such a niche that being on many systems helps assure your success as a developer. Customer choice it seems is a very good thing. The age old myth is certainty no longer true. Which myth is that? The one that states if you just port your software to Windows you are going to be a millionaire. Caligari Truespace's almost death then acquisition by Microsoft squashes that theory, at least when it comes to 3D animation software.

But back to Amiga OS 4.1. We dream of what hardware support is coming down the pike for this great OS? Will it be ARM, PS3, the dreaded but now much improved x86? What hardware would you love to run Amiga OS 4.1 and Aladdin 4D on? Please give some feedback, we would very much like to know.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

AROS Powered Desktop Computer Now A Reality!

Many of you are aware that Aladdin 4D will be the first commercial 3D animation package for AROS. We are looking forward to the AROS version of Aladdin 4D and customers that buy a iMica System will be able to take full advantage of it. The specs for iMica are impressive and the founders of the company have deep roots in the Amiga market in the past. Should be an awesome turn key AROS system that customers will love. Further information about iMica can be found via the link below.


Removing the Weave

Do you feel like your woven into the Windows world without a choice? Does being a servant of the monopoly no longer please you? Fear not operating system user dying to be free! The marginalization of the Windows Empire continues at a record pace. Now if you need to run Windows applications on Linux or Mac OS X you don't even need a copy of the OS! Codeweavers CrossOver product might just be all that's required!

In a nutshell, you have three main choices:

  • Dual-booting: running two separate operating systems on one PC, and switching between them as needed by rebooting. Applications such as Apple's Bootcamp allow this to occur on a Mac OS X machine, for example.
  • Running a virtual machine: Emulation products such as VMware and Parallels allow you to run a full version of the Windows OS inside a program running on your native operating system. The Windows applications essentially run in a separate "box within a box."
  • Running Wine or CrossOver: Unlike emulation, Wine is a re-implementation of the Win32 API, allowing applications to run as if natively on the target OS. CrossOver is a commercialized version of Wine. More info and access to a 30 day trail via the link below.


More Mac & More Pro

Apple updated several of their systems today. Their market share continues to grow and they go from strength to strength even in this down economy. Mac OS X growth and adoption helps all alternative operating systems. It's also one of the important elements to the future of Aladdin 4D. More choice and diversification in the marketplace is always a good thing.


New Apple Mac's