Polydust 3D Modeling App for iPad Gives Users Full Control Over Modeling
Independent development team, Handcade is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Polydust 1.0, their new 3D modeling app for the iPad, which turns the tablet into a pro modeling device. Users can create basic shapes such as cubes, arcs, cylinders and toruses that can act as the base of custom 3D models. The app also offers users full control of their model mesh, as they can work in vertex, edge, poly and object model.
While Polydust offers a convenient touch interface, the simple user interface also supports keyboard shortcuts, making it easy to control the app, no matter the user’s preferred form of command entry. Polydust allows importing and exporting of FBX models, and offers Sketchfab integration that allows users to publish their creations in a matter of seconds.
Polygons are the building blocks of 3D modeling. The blocks are connected together with edges. The edges are made from vertices. Using them, you can create anything you can imagine. Thanks to the app’s varied polygonal modeling tool set, it’s easy to craft anything a user can think of.
Polygonal modeling is the fundamental digital 3D modeling technique that provides modelers unlimited possibilities when creating their 3D objects. Handcade did their best to make modelers feel comfortable, basing their solutions on a series of well-established ideas.
The app’s User interface is made up of the following:
1. Project Browser: Browse all projects and scenes
2. Undo/Redo: Make a mistake? Instantly undo or redo
3. Hierarchy: View a scene’s hierarchy
4. Scene, Camera, Learn, Export: Adjust all the important settings
5. Add a New Object: Procedural objects, image references, lights and much more
6. Gizmos: Move, Rotate, Scale everything that’s selected
7. Selection: Select by edge loop, world/local space, backface selection and others
8. Operations: All modeling operations and object properties
Polydust includes several built-in operations, allowing users to extrude face, weld vertices, bridge edges, and much more. The app’s Snap feature gets rid of ugly rotations or unorganized positions by rounding positions, rotation or scale to its nearest whole value. The Symmetry Mode makes it easy to create symmetrical shapes like body, head, cars and many others. Users can save time when creating arcs, cylinders, toruses and other primitives by setting the values before creating them. Meanwhile, by harnessing the ease and efficiency of edge modeling, users can precisely control their models’ mesh.
Polydust features include:
* Save and close/continue
* Objects hierarchy
* Scale – All gizmos with relative / absolute mode and optional snapping
* Add to a new container
* Explode container
* Grow selection
* Shrink selection
* Select edge loop
* Select none
* Select all
* Invert selection
* Modes of selection: default / add / subtract
* Weld (custom distance)
* Connect (option: to first)
* Fill hole (option: entire hole)
* Connect centers
* Insert edge loop
* Subdivide (custom number of subdivisions)
* Bevel (custom distance)
* Extrude (custom distance, options: as group, manifold)
* Fill a hole (option: entire hole)
Other features include such Poly Operations as slice plane, triangulate, swap edge, remove cross edges, unify normals, flip normals, detach, subdivide, bevel (custom distance), extrude, and delete. Object Operations include merge, mirror (custom axes: x / y / z, options: duplicate, mode: copy/instance), smooth, duplicate (mode: copy / instance), and delete.
Objects can quickly be added to a scene form a variety of types, including box, cylinder (custom axis divisions, radius, height and height cuts), sphere, plane, cone, image reference, point light, directional light, empty container, and FBX model (from an iTunes file sharing folder).
It’s easy to control the color, smoothness and metallic setting of object materials, as well as an object’s properties, include its name, its symmetry mode and its lighting, by controlling the intensity, range, flare, and shadows of the object.
Scene settings allow control of the background mode (solid or gradient), the background lighting, and ambient light. Camera settings offer the ability to control bloom (custom intensity and threshold), vignette (custom intensity and smoothness), and depth of field (custom focus distance and aperture).
Exporting is a breeze, with the ability to export a scene to: PNG (custom width and height), FBX, and Sketchfab (with login). The app also integrates with Sketchfab upload, keyboard shortcuts, and Swiftpoint mouse. Users can also record their creation process via the app’s handy record and pause features, and microphone recording controls.
Pricing and Availability:
Polydust 1.0 is a free download and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Convenient in-app subscriptions are available to unlock all of the app’s features. Polydust subscription payments can be made on a monthly ($9.99 per month for full access), or on an annual basis ($79 per year for full access). A 14-day free trial is available.