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Don McClure, president
Digital Element, Inc.

Digital Element Announces Two New Rosetta Communications Plug-ins ™

Rosetta Plug-ins for 3ds max and Maya to be Released on May 16th

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 10th, 2003) from Booth 2855 at the National Convention of the American Institute for Architects, of Digital Element, an Oakland-based software developer and publishing firm specializing in art tools, announced the May16th release of two new Rosetta Communications packages for the popular 3D modeling and rendering tools 3ds max and Maya.

Rosetta is a powerful compositing system that allows artists to use multiple tools and avoid importing and exporting from one package to another. Rosetta allows an artist with LightWave and WorldBuilder, for example, to have part of their project in LightWave and part in WorldBuilder. Lighting, cameras and paths, and shadows are shared between the two packages. Instead of importing models into one package or the other, Rosetta initiates both renders in their native packages, compositing the resultant scene on an A Buffer and a Z Buffer.

Network rendering is included with Rosetta. The component software packages can be on different computers on the same network.

Rosetta saves time and improves output quality. By avoiding importing and exporting, everything looks like it did when you modeled it and changes are easy to implement. When each element is rendered in its native package, it improves the quality of the output.

LWWB – the Rosetta Communicator for LightWave shipped in 2002 and allows free communication between LightWave and WorldBuilder. Now Maya and Max users can both integrate WorldBuilder seamlessly in any project, but can also integrate: 3ds max and Maya, Maya and LightWave, or LightWave and 3ds max together with each other. SoftImage and Cinema4D plug-ins are planned for early summer.

The Maya and LightWave plug-ins were each developed by a company called Strela – a group of former nuclear scientists from Russia, whom Digital Element helps retrain to civilian applications.

Each Rosetta Communicator is sold separately and retails for $149. Each offers seamless integration between the target package and WorldBuilder. Multiple communicators can work together to offer the interconnectivity between each one’s target package. Rosetta is available at www.digi-element.com or through one of Digital Element’s resellers.


Founded in 1999 in Oakland, CA, Digital Element is a software engineering firm specializing in 3D programming. In addition to its Technology-on-Demand program, which provides 3D programming services to a diverse array of organizations, Digital Element develops and distributes software products and services to film and television animators, video game designers, web developers, architects and landscape designers. Contact Digital Element for more information about Digital Element, retraining Russian scientists, or Rosetta.


Verdant, Aurora the Natural Plug-in, and Digital Element are all Trademarks of Digital Element, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 3ds max is a Registered Trademark of Discreet, Maya is a Registered Trademark of Alias|Wavefront, LightWave is a Registered Trademark of NewTek. SoftImage is a registered Trademark of Softimage Corp. and Cinema 4D is a Registered Trademark of Maxon Computers. All Rights Reserved to their respective owners.


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