Nemetschek Vectorworks says that PanzerCAD (http://www.panzercad.com) has released the 2011 version of its CameraMatch plug-in to be compatible with the Vectorworks 2011 line of software products.
The CameraMatch 2011 plug-in allows a user to align a 3D model view to a photograph. With this plug-in, a user can also superimpose the rendered model into the photograph, saving time by eliminating the need to spend hours creating models of a project’s surroundings, says Matt Panzer, owner of PanzerCAD. Some of the new features in CameraMatch 2011 include:
° A rewritten view calculation procedure that makes calculated views more accurate and allows for more difficult situations;
° Mask Object’s new Clone Mode — the feature allows a Mask object to shift the photo image it displays, which lets a Mask object behave similar to the Clone tool in many image-editing applications
° New Shadow object, which allows shadows and shading to be placed over the rendered image, eliminating the need to export to an image editor for adding simple shadows.
Also, CameraMatch’s more efficient use of image resources greatly reduces file sizes. Mask and Shadow objects automatically clip any parts of themselves extending past the viewport’s crop.
The CameraMatch 2011 plug-in can be purchased for US$100. For CameraMatch 2010 users, the upgrade fee is US$40. CameraMatch 2011 is free for students and teachers using the 2011 educational version of the Vectorworks software. CameraMatch is currently available in English, and German and Italian versions are planned for later this year.