Electric Rain has released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of their new 3D XAML designer called ZAM 3D. Although you can always create and edit XAML files by hand (NOTEPAD anyone?), for more complex scenarios, a tool like ZAM 3D is a godsend. In addition to creating 3D models and interface widgets, elements can be animated and integrated directly into Avalon applications. The XAML that is output by this build is compatible with our March 2005 CTP.
Some of the available features:
- Primitive, basic and advanced mesh modeling features
- Independent object animation
- Object texturing
- Specular, diffuse, and ambient color properties for mesh material
I just returned from the Flash in the Can designer event in Toronto where we demonstrated Avalon along with Electric Rain. It was great to be able to show the tight integration and smooth workflow that a tool like ZAM 3D provides, and the feedback we received at the event was fantastic. I videotaped our one-hour presentation, and I hope that I can post it somewhere on the internet for all to see.
Also, be sure to visit their ZAM 3D discussion forum to give them feedback about this exciting release.