24, 2004. New WorldBuilder 4 Tutorials are available
September 22, 2004. CG
Focus reviews WorldBuilder
August 13, 2004. Updated
Poser Plugin is available
June 4, 2004. Digital
Element Ships WorldBuilder Pro™ 4.0 in July
EMECSTUDIOS And Digital Element Team Together To Add Features,
Redesign Interface, Improve Usability and Documentation
January 5, 2004. Check
out the complete new WorldBuilder gallery
December 2, 2003. Digital Element Announces
WorldBuilder™ 3.6, Strategic Partnership, and Significant Price
Reduction. Free Upgrade for 3.5 Users,
WorldBuilder Pro Now $499.
December 11, 2003. Latest
update WorldBuilder 3.6 and WorldBuilder 3.6 Pro available for download
List of new features:
1. Shadows from Cumulonimbus type of clouds.
2. Distribution of Cumulonimbus in Areas along skeletons.
3. Moon object as a new Compound Sky Layer.
4. Opening the camera's viewport by double-clicking on the Camera
in the Object Tree.
5. 3ds max v.6 support
6. Some bugs fixed
Since version 3.6 the WorldBuilder Pro installation package includes
the Rosetta plug-in for WorldBuilder (CommObject.bem). Note: to
perform communication with other 3D-package(s) using Rosetta you
also need corresponding plug-in(s) for this package(s).
December 1, 2003 "We
are happy to provide this great package in collaboration with
Digital Element to our readers."
J.-E. Burkert (Editor Grafik&Video)
October 6, 2003. The
November Issue of 3D World features a full copy of the 3-year-old,
but still going strong, WorldBuilder 2.3. Also check out the
new WorldBuilder 2.3 tutorial in 3D World.
WorldBuilder Featured in 3D World! Try WorldBuilder 2.3 through
3D World today -- also featuring a new tutorial by Liz Birdsong.
'We're very happy to be working with Digital Element. WorldBuilder
2.3 will be of great value to many of our readers, and we're glad
to have been able to include a full copy on our cover CD.'
Jim Thacker, 3D World
July 28, 2003. Liam Kemp recently completed
an animated short entitled 'This Wonderful Life' in which I used
World Builder to create the landscape and trees. The movie has been
selected for this year's Siggraph and nominated for the 3DAwards
“I found World Builder to be the best program for creating
landscapes and trees. Being able to render a forest, grass and water
all in one pass at such high quality was a blessing.” –
For more information, check out www.this-wonderful-life.com
July 23, 2003. Digit Magazine’s 5th
Anniversary Issue Devoted to WorldBuilder
“WorldBuilder provides everything you need to
model, texture, light and animate any 3D world you can imagine.”
July 22, 2003. PC Review Online Reviews WorldBuilder
Unlike other 3D landscape creation packages WorldBuilder
Pro creates terrains in a very unique way. It is very different
from any program I have ever seen before and once you understand
it, I think you will agree it is a brilliant way of doing it.
July 9, 2003. AAUG Review - VERDANT 1.0 - Software
"What the user really needs to see is the amazing
detail in the object when fully rendered. And this really must be
seen to be appreciated. The additional lighting controls, and grouping
controls allows a virtually unlimited number of other effects to
be applied at ease."
Randy Brandon, Alaska Apple User's Group
July 3, 2003. Digital Element Announces Release of
3D Nature Effect Plug-in for Photoshop
Read full press release.
OAKLAND, CA (June 26th, 2003) Digital Element, an Oakland-based
software developer and publishing firm specializing in art tools,
announced today the release of Aurora 2 for Photoshop, the sequel
to Digital Element’s 4 ½ star plug-in for Photoshop.
May 10, 2003. Digital Element Announces Two New Rosetta
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.
Read full press release.
May 8, 2003. Digital Element Announces Release of Verdant™
A Plug-in that Creates 3D Plants and Trees for Photoshop
SAN DIEGO, CA (May 8th, 2003) from Booth 2855 at the National Convention
of the American Institute for Architects, Digital Element, an Oakland-based
software developer and publishing firm specializing in art tools,
announced today the release of Verdant for Photoshop, a revolutionary
Photoshop plug-in that creates 3D plants and trees, with shadows,
Read full press release.
April 24, 2003. Check out CG Focus's review of WorldBuilder
February 12, 2003. A Valentine for you from Digital Element!
New Manual for WB 3.2+, New Update for WB and WB Pro 3.5
Our new WorldBuilder documentation is available here.
Along with a new Reference manual, we now have revised Training
documentation as well as tutorials. We recommend all users go here
now to download our new reference manual, training manual, and our
revised tutorials. We want you to have this manual, we want you
to use it, and we want your feedback!
The update for WorldBuilder and Worldbuilder Pro is a free update
for 3.5 users. We recommend that all WB 3.5 users upgrade to 3.55.
This update adds stability, improved surf, and more plants! You
can download the update here.
All downloads are available online. However, Digital Element will
ship the appropriate CDs to any user for Shipping and Handling alone.
For this we will use the US Mail upon request, which is much less
expensive for customers outside of the US. Registered WorldBuilder
3.5 users can get a disk with 3.55 and the documentation. WorldBuilder
3.2 users can get a disk with the documentation. Getting the disk
costs just $5 plus Shipping and Handling.
For 3.2 users -- upgrading to 3.5 now gets you the manual and the
latest version 3.5.5 all on CD for no additional price.
Click here to go to the download section.
February 11, 2003. Surf's Up! The free update for WorldBuilder
3.5 is fast approaching, but we want to give you a glimpse of the
new and improved surf in WorldBuilder 3.55 and WorldBuilder Pro
3.55! This is yet another quick and powerful new feature that is
unique to WorldBuilder and WorldBuilder Pro. Check back here soon
for the 3.55 update
Click here to download the video
( approximately 3.16 MB )
January 31, 2003. Dimitri Habich has created a new library
of L-system plants. These plants can be used in the Variator so
that every plant is an original. Click
here to download ( approximately 382 Kb ) the new L-system library.
This library works for WorldBuilder Pro and Standard version.
January 30, 2003. New to WorldBuilder? Try Digital Element's
improved tutorials -- available now in interactive and PDF format.
Click here to go to the tutorials.
December 5, 2002. LW-WB Communicator™
Second in the Digital Element line of Rosetta Communicator Plug-ins™
This plug-in allows for the seamless integration between LightWave
3D and WorldBuilder Pro 3.5. The plug-in allows scenes from each
package to be rendered in its native environment, eliminating the
need for traditional importing and exporting. This is a huge advantage
in that each package can be used to do what it does best – with
the communicator managing both renders and compositing the scenes
together into a single scene – sharing lights, camera, and shadows.
LW-WB Communicator works similarly to LightWave's Hub, and as
a rendering portal between LightWave and WorldBuilder Pro, users
can modify scenes without having to re-import objects for the final
rendering. Starting a render in one package prompts a render in
the other package. The finished image is a composite of both renders,
and takes into account both the a and z buffers.
December 4, 2002. Introducing
WorldBuilder and WorldBuilder Pro 3.5
Generate ultra-realistic 3D outdoor landscapes and animations
for your movies, games, landscape architecture and design illustrations
with WorldBuilder 3.5!
WorldBuilder is the award winning tool for creating and animating
the most realistic, natural environments, including landscapes,
vegetation, water, and atmospheric effects, including many features
never before seen in a 3D landscaping package. For years, WorldBuilder
has been at the forefront of 3d landscape technology.
Once again WorldBuilder sets the standard for creating high-definition,
Boasting many new features, WorldBuilder 3.5 now includes:
Not to mention constant improvements with other features such as:
- Rain effects
- Snow effects
- Levels of detail for landscapes, up to a maximum of 8K x 8K
- Easy to use wizards for the creation of rivers, oceans, and
- RPF file export support
- True 3D Clouds
- Depth of Field
- Improved LightWave 3D support
"For 3D graphic professionals, WorldBuilder has long been the
leader in 3D terrain generation..." - New Architect Design Magazine
November 12, 2002. Digital Element has been playing a key
role in developing the Animation Annex in Russia. The purpose of
the Animation Annex is to help retrain unemployed Russian nuclear
scientists in the formerly closed city of Snezhinsk in computer
graphics. WorldBuilder is one of the key applications being used
and after only a short while, we are already receiving some great
sample work from some of the students at the Annex. Here are some
examples. To learn more about our work with the Animation Annex
in Russia, call us! Users gallery is updated!
September 25, 2002. Digital Element acquired ownership of
WorldBuilder this last May. As a result of that acquisition Digital
Element is now releasing Part One of the WorldBuilder Manual. It
includes several comprehensive lessons as well as installation instructions.
Parts Two and Three will include more lessons and a comprehensive
reference guide of all the features. Click
Here To Download
September 25, 2002. Get the latest
update WB 3.21.002. Get the latest update Poser Pro Pack plug-in
( approximately 3.8 Mb) This plug-in works with both Standard
and Pro versions of WorldBuilder.
August 27, 2002. Digital Element at DragonCon
Digital Element will be attending Renderosity’s Digital Artist Convention
at DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia over Labor Day weekend. Digital
Element speakers will be talking about Aurora, WorldBuilder, how
to make great fantasy scenes, and the state of the computer game
industry. We’re proud to have Richard Schrand joining us as a demo
artist. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Element at Photoshop World 2002
Digital Element will have a booth in Tampa, Florida at Photoshop
World 2002 on September 19th through September 21st. We will be
providing demos of Aurora and WorldBuilder, as well as our new Aurora
for Adobe After Effects, which will be sold through Digital Anarchy.
To find out more about attendance please contact Don McClure email@example.com
August 22, 2002. Get the latest
update Poser Pro Pack plug-in ( approximately 3.8 Mb) This plug-in
works with both the Standard and the Pro version of WorldBuilder.
August 14, 2002. Get the latest
update AWB 3.2.005
July 23, 2002. San Antonio,
TX -- July 22nd, 2002. At booth 5062 at Siggraph, 2002 Digital Element
has announced an August release for a free upgrade to its award-winning
3D modeling and rendering software WorldBuilder...Read
full press release.
July 20 , 2002. Come see Digital Element at Siggraph 2002
(San Antonio, Texas, July 23-25). Our booth is #5062.
June 18 , 2002. Digital Element
Acquires AnimaTek WorldBuilder Oakland, CA -- June 16,
2002. Digital Element announced today that it has acquired AnimaTek
WorldBuilder, along with several other key technologies and has
outlined a series of products for the remainder of 2002...Read
full press release.
May 09 , 2002. Review
of WorldBuilder 3.1 at www.insidecg.com.
" If creating stunning 3d environments is your aim then WorldBuilder
is definitely a solution..."
April 25, 2002. Maya 4.x support
for WorldBuilder Pro 3.x is added to our download
December 16, 2001. New tutorial:
"Making rivers and surfs in WorldBuilder" was added
to the tutorials section.
November 12, 2001. Digital
Element is proud to present Poser Pro Pack plug-in for WorldBuilder.
Now you can Pose characters in super-realistic 3D environments and
export to movies and still images. This plug-in is available as
a free download for the current version of WorldBuilder.
November 12, 2001. Frog animation tutorial was added to
the tutorials section.
November 07, 2001. Allen Whitt
Tutorial and Source Pack Volume 1 Now Available Get the ultimate
set for learning WorldBuilder!
October 01, 2001. Review
of WorldBuilder 3.0 on www.CG-Focus.com
August 12, 2001. WorldBuilder Playable
Tutorial 4 is added to the tutorials section. In this tutorial
you will learn how to use atmospherics.
August 06, 2001. WorldBuilder Playable
Tutorial 3 is added to the tutorials section. In the third tutorial
we will add water and will set placing conditions for the material
and vegetation so that they will be consistent with the water level.
July 29, 2001. WorldBuilder Plants
Variator Tutorial is added to the tutorials
Variator is one of the most exciting features of WB 3.0
July 27, 2001. WorldBuilder Playable
Tutorial 2 is added to the tutorials section. The goal of the
second tutorial is to show how to scatter vegetation in areas and
how to edit the shape of the areas.
July 25, 2001. WorldBuilder Playable
Tutorial 1 is added to the tutorials section. A simple scene
is built in this tutorial. Some of the most basic features of WorldBuilder
July 23, 2001. 3ds
max Communication Object tutorial is added to the tutorials
section. Learn how to communicate and exchange informations
between 3ds max and WorldBuilder 3.0.
June 26, 2001. Digital Element Releases Standard
version of WB 3.0! WorldBuilder 3.0 available in two editions:
Standard and Professional. Professional version includes MAX-Communication
plug-in, Maya export/import plug-ins and has support for network
May 31, 2001. There is a new technical
support line available in English and French, from 9:00 am to
5:00 pm Pacific Time, Monday to Friday. Outside these hours you
can leave your message in the voice mail and we will call you back
as soon as possible.
May 23, 2001. The Resources page
was updated with the examples of the high resolution textures included
in the WorldBuilder 3.0 package.
February 11, 2001. Digital Element's website is up and