Digital Element Develops Key Technology for Discreet
New JSR-184 Exporter’s Basic Version to be a
Feature in Discreet’s 3ds max 7 software—Makes 3D Easy For
Cell Phone Application Developers.
Los Angeles, Calif — August 10, 2004 — Digital Element, developer and publisher of 3D art tools as well as mobile game applications, announced today from booth #2104 at Siggraph 2004 in Los Angeles California, that Discreet shall include the basic version of Digital Element’s Export 184 in its recently announced 3ds max® 7 professional 3D animation software. The JSR-184 graphics specification has recently been adopted as part of the J2ME platform, and is expected to increase the market opportunity for 3D mobile games by providing a common framework for 3D games over wireless networks.
“Digital Element is excited to be working with both Discreet and Criterion on this initiative.” Said Don McClure, President of Digital Element “As mobile game developers, we know that the market requires efficiently-developed content. We see a big need for conversion of game titles and their assets to mobile, as well as the need to efficiently produce serialized content. 3D is essential for both of these and the vast majority of the content out there for games to be ported is 3ds max-based. As mobile game developers, we saw the need for Export 184 for internal uses. As art tool developers, we knew the plug in we had to build and how to do it.”
Digital Element has been developing BREW and Java mobile game titles for over eighteen months and has worked on top tier titles such as Tetris Cascade for Verizon. Additionally, Digital Element’s development team has over ten years of experience developing art tools. Their flagship product, WorldBuilder Pro 4, which released on August 1st, has been compatible with 3ds max software since version 2 of the most installed 3D animation software in the world, currently at 185,000 registered users.
“As Discreet set out to provide a 3ds max exporter for the mobile space, forging a relationship with a company that has a strong history of developing and publishing art tools compatible with 3ds max and the mobile application arena was essential,” said Dan Prochazka, product manager for animation software at Discreet. “Working closely with Digital Element, our internal team was impressed with the quality of code they produced and the schedule they adhered to. This is yet another feature that we are proud to offer artists in 3ds max 7. It will bring much added value and functional benefit to the growing mobile game development community,” said Prochazka.
The basic version of Export 184 will allow developers to preview and
export models from 3ds max 7 software to JSR-184. The
basic version will also include a memory map and preview tool to facilitate
optimization for mobile platforms. Source code for the basic version is
available for Sparks members. The advanced tool, to be shipped by Digital
Element in October, will retail for $499 and will work with Discreet
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