Tuesday, October 12, 2010

MorphOS 2.6 Now Available and supports more Hardware!

Great news from the MorphOS Team. Version 2.6 of this great operating system is now available for downloading and it runs on more PPC based Mac hardware. MorphOS is one of the target operating systems for Aladdin 4D 6.0 and we enjoy using this fantastic operating system. Link to complete news item below.

Public Release of MorphOS 2.6 & Introduction of PowerMac Support

Monday, September 27, 2010

NVIDIA’s Long Term Plans Show Diversification

At its annual GPU conference, computer graphics chip maker NVIDIA mapped out a long-term plan which highlighted its diversification into new computing spaces. The company's three day conference focused on many of its newer products as well as the emerging industries and technologies they can be used in. Aggressively expanding beyond just the traditional PC market is a smart strategy for NVIDIA analysts say. Click on the link below for more information.

International Business Times

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Open Video Toaster Redesign

The Open Video Toaster website has been totally redesigned. Download the source-code and play around with updating this great software suite for Amiga OS 4.x, AROS & MorphOS. Sadly the source to Amiga LightWave 3D was never allowed to be included but you have the option to buy Aladdin 4D 5.x which fully supports the Amiga Video Toaster and the Flyer.


Open Video Toaster

Aladdin 4D


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Aladdin 4D Forums have a new home

Not long ago we moved the Aladdin 4D forums for the Amiga/MorphOS/AROS version to the high traffic website Amiga.org. This was at the request of customers that did not want to worry about log ins to several forum sites.


Aladdin 4D Forums

Blast from the Nova Design Past!

We thought you might like a bast from the past and posted this Aladdin 4D promotional video that Nova Design created in the late 1990's.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Aladdin 4D™ & ARES Computer Partnership

For the first time get Aladdin 4D 5.x integrated at a special price when you buy an ARES One

Chicago, IL / Duisburg, Germany – August 28, 2010 – DiscreetFX, a Visual Effects powerhouse in creative software and content creation enabling products, and ARES Computer, a market leader in AROS system integration, today announces a partnership to include 3D animation / rendering / effects tools with each ARES One computer sold. Bringing hobbyist animation, rendering and particle effects creation software to new AROS computer graphics professionals. 

Now enjoy the speed and native hardware support for AROS on an ARES ONE and great creative software to make you more productive using AROS. The ARES ONE also comes with other exciting software including Amiga Forever 2009 OEM, Cinnamon Writer, Art Effect, AMC and Frying Pan. Aladdin 4D 5.x is an optional Instant Download when you buy an ARES ONE. Price is an attractive discounted price since it is being purchased as part of a system solution. Bonus objects, textures and effects are also included as part of the ID. Aladdin 4D 5.x operating system integration is also available as an option for MorphOS & Amiga OS 4.x if those developers choose to partner with DiscreetFX. Purchase an ARES ONE & Aladdin 4D 5.x together and get lighting fast 3D renders and animations. 

The ARES ONE is only sold through Vesalia Online



About DiscreetFX

Want to see DiscreetFX’s effects software in action? Turn on your television, we have been creating visual effects software products for editors and creative professionals for over 15 years. DiscreetFX creates Real-time transitions and effects seen on over 100 television programs including Blind Date, 5th Wheel, Shipmates and many more! You can also see DiscreetFX software used on the following networks HBO, Showtime, Discovery Channel, PBS, Fox and more!
DiscreetFX is privately owned visual effects startup and based in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please visit: 


About ARES Computer

ARES Computer (owner Pascal Papara) started in 2009 to bring AROS enthusiast and newbies a powerful but inexpensive, fully AROS-compatible System. The result was the AresOne and his now available successor (www.vesalia.de). 

With Broadway, AMC, the ultimate MediaCenter for all three Amiga-like Systems (AmigaOS/AROS and MorphOS) and the coming app-browser(working title), we are aiming also to non- amigans. Our longtime target is to get back a healthy and commercial interesting Amiga eco system.

Available only at www.vesalia.de

Monday, August 30, 2010

So Long, Farewell: AMD to Kill ATI Brand Name

Rest in Peace ATI Brand. AMD is killing off the name very soon. Their market research shows the AMD name is more well known then ATI. This did not work so well when Macy's killed off the famous Marshall Fields brand name but that's another industry and story altogether.

Future versions of Aladdin 4D will take advantage of powerful GPU's in ATI cards and NVIDIA cards.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NVIDIA intros 3D Vision Pro for professional workstations

In October NVIDIA will introduce new professional glasses that are said to eliminate line-of-sight and crosstalk issues that often plague IR glasses used for at-home viewing applications.
The new glasses bring “true stereo 3-D to the desktop” and provide a 150ft wireless range to RF synching. The glasses were designed for modern professional workstations and multiuser, large-scale visualization environments, such as video walls and collaborative virtual environments.


When will you Imagine?

We have been trying to do a historical/where are they now article on Imagine 3D (Amiga version) but have had a tough time tracking down the original developer. First as Silver, then Turbo Silver; Imagine was an important piece of 3D rendering/animation software on the Amiga computer and was ahead of it's time. We have now reached out to CAD Technologies and requested they let us know the current status of this long lived great Amiga 3D program.

Image created by  Michael Lenz with Imagine 3D
Homepage: http://www.michael-lenz.de

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wall Street Journal Joins the party on Microsoft Bashing!

We stated in 2007 when this blog was started that Windows was a crippled & crusty old relic from the past and we would never sell Aladdin 4D for it. In the three years since many mainstream players have echoed the same and even gone further to say Microsoft itself is an ancient and obsolete thing from the past just wasting money and trying to me-too the computer industry with copy cat products. Their one trick pony "Windows" is showing it's age and they are out of ideas to come out of the Windows box their stuck in.

WSJ Link

The Danger of using Windows

The danger of using Windows is it's not the latest and greatest tech. If your in business, the competition you have will use everything and anything to win against you. You better believe that includes the latest and greatest hardware/software and not something old and obsolete like Windows. Even if your not in business, using Windows is no longer in fashion and the old way of doing things. Just like that computer nerd you made fun of in high school. Join the rest of the modern world and abandon old obsolete relics of the past like Windows.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Windows & Smoking

Windows is like a bad habit that you started long ago and you have been meaning to break. Sure it's not bad for your body like cigarettes are but it just might be bad for your mind. Not too long ago Microsoft said  Linux was like a cancer in the computer industry. Perhaps they are just deflecting the truth so others won't notice that Microsoft has been the cancer in the computer industry. Others allege that they have stealing ideas and calling them their own for many years. The future is about open standards Multi-platform and getting your information and applications where you want them and when you want them.

The OS won't matter so long as you can get the information that you need. Operating systems should fade into the background anyway. It's always been about the programs you want to run. That's why we are making Aladdin 4D for all platforms. We want you to be able to run it when you want, where you want and on the system you want. Of course we don't charge for the Windows version. Why would we do that to you? We want you to break the habit after all. In the future Windows will just be another dumb terminal virtual machine. You'll boot it up once in a while to run that one application that just fills a ancient certain need. The rest of the time you will forget about Windows. Like us, for the most part you will have broken the bad habit almost for good. Unlike smoking we can run Windows once and a while and it's OK, we don't have to worry about getting cancer from an OS.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Aladdin 4D 5.x / Amiga Forever Premium 2010 Sale Now Over!

Our offer to include Amiga Forever Premium 2010 with Aladdin 4D 5.x at a great price is now officially over. We have removed the "Buy It Now" button from the DiscreetFX iShop. Enjoy the rest of your summer and spend some time at the pool and/or outside away from computers. Meditate - reflect - renew.

Amiga Forever / Aladdin 4D 5.x Combo Sale Ends in less than 24 Hours

Less than 24 hours to take advantage of our sale price on Amiga Forever 2010 / Aladdin 4D 5.x software bundle. Buy them together and save money for a limited time. Run Aladdin 4D in a lighting fast Virtual Machine and render your animations in seconds.

Sale Link

Product Information

Aladdin 4D 5.x

Amiga Forever 2010

If you already own Amiga Forever 2010 please contact us for special pricing on Aladdin 4D 5.x via the link below.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Aladdin 4D 5.x has a new Home on DiscreetFX.com

It's been a long time coming but Aladdin 4D 5.x finally has a dedicated section on the DiscreetFX website. Aladdin 4D 6.0 when available will have it's own dedicated website not on DiscreetFX.com. 

DiscreetFX's Aladdin 4D 5.x site

This site includes product information, links to video's, the A4D Blog, dedicated forum links, a future gallery and more. 

We are ending the special price on the current version of Aladdin 4D 5.x / Amiga Forever 2010 Bundle. The Bundle will still be available after the introductory price is over but will just cost more. 

Amiga Forever 2010 / Aladdin 4D 5.x Bundle

Aladdin 4D works great on classic Amiga's, Amiga Video Toaster based systems and especially virtual Amiga environments like Amiga Forever 2010 from Cloanto running AmiKit. In fact reviews state that rendering times for Aladdin 4D are almost instant in Amiga Virtual Machines like Amiga Forever 2010.

Aladdin 4D is the last commercial Amiga 3D animation program available that is in active development for Amiga OS 4.x, MorphOS 2.5, AROS, Mac OS X and Amiga virtual machines. This does not have to be the case though, we welcome competition and a active 3rd party community on Amiga and Amiga like systems. Your support of Aladdin 4D insures faster development of this unique program created by Greg Gorby. A4D is a great introduction to the 3D animation software industry. Anyone that purchases Aladdin 4D that buys NewTek's Emmy award winning LightWave 3D within six months gets a $50 credit towards LightWave 3D 9.x. 

Rub the Lamp, Render the Magic. The smoke stops coming out of the lamp on July 30th, 2010 and this Amiga Forever 2010 / Aladdin 4D sale ends then.

Current owners of Amiga Forever 2010 can contact us with their proof of purchase to get special pricing on A4D 5.x before the sale ends via the link below.


Friday, July 23, 2010

New Aladdin 4D 5.x Website on DiscreetFX.com

Now you can "Rub the Lamp" on the DiscreetFX website. Aladdin 4D 5.x has it's own dedicated section with product information and links to example videos and much more. Aladdin 4D 6.0 will have it's own dedicated website that is more advance but for now enjoy the link below.

DiscreetFX's Aladdin 4D 5.x Website

Saturday, June 26, 2010

In the Future Mobile Based Devices Like the Just Released iPhone 4 Will Run Great 3D Animation Apps

Want Aladdin 4D on your fast A4 processor based iPhone 4 & iPad? So do we, in the future lots of 3D Animation Apps will run on these types of devices and be easy to learn & use.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Where Are They Now?

We have had a lot of fun bashing Windows on the Aladdin 4D forum in the past but a few of you have not enjoyed it as much and we hurt Microsoft's feelings so we are moving on to something a lot more constructive.

We are researching and starting a series covering 3D animation programs that started out on the Amiga and finding out where are they now. We will try to cover all of them minus programs that did not start out on Amiga and will conclude the series with the release of Aladdin 4D for Mac OS X. Yes it's getting closer!

The first program we will be discussing is Imagine from Impulse Inc.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

MorphOS 2.5 Now Available and Supports more Hardware!

MorphOS 2.5 was released recently and supports more PowerPC Mac hardware. Press Release from MorphOS Team listed below.

"The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 2.5, the fifth new OS version since the debut of MorphOS 2.0 in the same month two years ago. MorphOS 2.5 finally adds the Apple eMac to its list of officially supported platforms. In addition to the extended hardware support, existing users will benefit from various bug fixes and a few new features. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.
We strongly urge owners of eMac computers to carefully read our installation and troubleshoot guides before they attempt to install MorphOS for the first time. Existing users can upgrade via the familiar procedure but are encouraged to read the guides as well. MorphOS 2.5 is available for download in our files section."

This information is of course important for Aladdin 4D since version 6.0 will have a native version for MorphOS. Purchase MorphOS 2.5 via the link above.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Mystery Continues.........

What is X???

Since January 1st, 2010 Hyperion Entertainment has been introducing a new mystery and puzzle to the Amiga community. Each day brings an exciting new clue. What is the final answer to the puzzle and what new clue will tomorrow bring?


Whatever the future may bring and we may know the answer as early as January 5th, 2010.  We will of course work hard to make sure Aladdin 4D is part of it.

Other sites that have covered this story.