Cheetah 3D ( — software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects — has been updated to version 5.6. The upgrade adds a rewritten transform tool.

The new transform tool now support multi-object selections, a gadget mode to arbitrarily align the transform gadget and much improved snapping tools for precise modeling. Version 5.6 also introduce post- and pre-rotations which are great for orienting joints. The added support for many video codecs like H.264 or MPEG4 plus many small workflow enhancements rounds up the new features.

Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.6 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x.. It requires requires at least Mac OS X 10.4 and 16MB of VRAM. It’s a Universal Binary product, which means it will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.