Frequently Asked Questions
What is Realsoft 3D - a new version of Real 3D?
Realsoft 3D is a completely new software.
What are the main differences between Real3D and Realsoft 3D?
RS3D introduces hundreds (if not thousands) of new features and a new
advanced user interface. The main goal in RS3D development was to develope
an extremely powerful 3D modeling, animation and rendering software which
would also be easy to use.
When will Realsoft 3D v.4.5 be available?
During the 3rd quarter of 2002.
What is a recommended hardware configuration?
On Windows platforms, Intel Pentium or better, 64 megabytes of RAM and
some tens of megabytes of free hard disk space for the software installation.
In other words, the software does not set any special requirements for
the computer. An OpenGL compatible 3D accelerator is highly recommended,
because the software takes full advantage of it. Multiple processors are
utilized as well.
Does Realsoft 3D run on AMD based systems?
Realsoft 3D is fully compatible with Athlon and other AMD processors.
Which Platforms are supported?
RS3D is ported to the following platforms/operating systems.
Windows 98/2000/NT/ME/XP (x86)
Is there a Mac version?
Not yet, but porting arrangements have already been started.
How much multithreading is there?
RS3D takes full advantage of multithreading. Time consuming tasks such
as rendering are executed by asynchronous threads. For example, the number
of threads to be used for rendering photorealistic images can be freely
defined by the user.
Do you have a student license/pricing?
The student license discount is 50%.
Can the student version be used in commercial productions?
The student license can be used in commercial productions.
Is the student version limited or cut down?
No, the product and the upgrade prices from it are the same.
Is there a demo version ?
Yes. A demo version on CD is available for 10 USD (incuding handling and shipping costs).
There is also a free 30 day trial version available at this website.
If I buy the Windows version, how much does it cost to switch to the
The software license includes all platforms we support. You can order installation CD:s for
new platforms for a nominal price that covers the manufacturing and shipping costs.
Do you have a special discount for users of other 3D packages?
Yes. A competitive upgrade from any other 3D software (worth 200 USD or more) costs 450 USD.
Can RS3D vectorize an image?
Yes. The result is a set of nurbs curves. Due to advanced simplification
procedure applied, the generated curves consist of minimal number of control
points needed to represent the detected outlines.
Does RS3D export NURBS surfaces as true NURBS entities?
Yes, if the file format in question supports NURBS surfaces. For example,
Iges file format allows you to export/import NURBS models to/from Realsoft 3D.
Does RS3D read IGES?
There is a plugin product available at our webshop for reading IGES files.
Is OpenGL utilized for final rendering as well as realtime viewing?
Will Realsoft 3D render in the background?
Does Realsoft 3D render radiosity and caustics?
Caustics is included in v.4.5. Radiosity is not available, but another kind of illumination system that
allows customizeable global illumination effects is included.
Can distributed network renderering speed up rendering of still images?
Yes. The system works with both still images and animations.
I assume there is support for motion blur. How about deformation
RS3D supports physically correct motion blur with user definable quality.
All animated objects get correctly blurred.
Can metaballs be transparent? Does motion blur work for metaballs?
Transparency, refraction factor or any other material property can be
defined for metaballs. Motion blur works for metaballs.
Does RS3D support anisotropic rendering?
Yes. Specular illumination effects that depends on viewing direction
vs. another geometry defined direction, such as direction of tiny hairs
on velvet, or direction of grooves in a 'brushed' metal surface is piece
of cake for the V4 rendering system. One can define such an effect with a couple
of lines of VSL (Visual Shading Language). Furthermore, one can define
anisotropic refraction, anisotropic reflection etc.
Does 64 bits per channel mean that each R,G,B and A are represented
as 16 bits integers?
No. Each color component (or any other channel, such as alpha, distance,
etc.) is represented as a 64 bit (double precision) floating point value.
Does RS3D support dual-reflections?
Yes. RS3D supports multi reflections/refractions i.e. each ray can be
divided into any number of reflected and penetrating rays with user definable
direction and intensity. Direction and intensity are material properties
which can be defined using VSL (Visual Shading Language).
I assume RS3D renderer subdivides NURBS surfaces to polygons for
No. RS3D handles the subdivision on rendering time allowing you to render
surfaces with quality corresponding to millions of polygons. The same is
also true for Subdivision Surfaces.
Is it possible to map a single point to multiple skeletons (weighted
multi mapping) ?
Yes. An object or individual point can be mapped to any number of skeletons.
Any object can act as a skeleton.
Does RS3D support constant speed motion paths?
Yes. The animation system of RS3D allows you to use any object as motion
path with constant speed, automatic banking and many other options. For
example, you can move an object along a nurbs mesh.
Can I use say 5th order NURBS curves as animation paths for cameras?
Yes. By using hi degree nurbs curves, one can achieve very smooth camera
Does skeletons support angle constraints?
Yes. Constraints can be defined for all the three joint angles.
3rd party development
How can I get the Developer Kit for RS3D?
You can download it for free from this website.
Is it possible to plug in your ray tracer to other applications?
Yes. Any RS3D module, such as the photorealistic rendering engine can
be plugged in to other applications. It is also possible to build completely
new applications based on RS3D libraries.