Corel Introduces Bryce 5

tammymc · June 28, 2001 12:00 am

Ottawa, Canada June 25, 2001 Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CORL, TSE: COR) is pleased to introduce Bryce 5, the latest version of its powerful 3D landscape creation and animation application, designed to empower unlimited creativity on Macintosh OS and Windows. Bryce 5, part of Corels creative collection, will be available for purchase in July 2001. Bryce 5 is Corels first application for Apples new Mac OS X platform. It is the first of many creative products Corel will deliver for this advanced operating system over the coming months. With Bryce 5, we are delivering on our promise to release exceptional applications for Mac OS X, said Ian LeGrow, executive vice-president of creative products at Corel. Based on customer feedback, weve tailored Bryce 5 to meet the needs of serious Bryce users and 3D graphic artists. This includes the addition of time-saving Network Rendering and the ability to create premium photo-realistic images. Bryce 5 makes its mark in the 3D graphics environment by striking an optimum balance between power and ease of use. The dynamic tools in Bryce 5 enable users to unleash and explore the full potential of their creativity. Bryce 5 powers the creation of truly photorealistic landscapes, models and other images without the expensive and time-consuming training required by many other 3D applications. New Features in Bryce 5 Include: Network Rendering dramatically increases rendering speed by using the power and speed of multiple computers for a single image or animation. There is no limit to the number of systems used, and it is platform independent, enabling Mac and Windows users to render their images on either or both platforms simultaneously. Premium Rendering Options take Bryce to a new level of quality facilitating the creation of naturally photorealistic images with depth of field, blurred reflections, and soft shadows. The Tree Lab powers the creation of organic 3D trees. Users specify the exact look and feel of trees in a scene from the number of needles on a branch to selecting one of over 60 different tree types. Metaballs are a primitive object type that enable users to quickly create and experiment with organic shapes opening up a new world of creative possibility. The Light Lab gives more robust control over lighting direction, intensity and tinting addressing the need for accurate production of real-world environments. Pricing and Availability Bryce 5 for Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Mac OS 8.6, Mac OS 9.x, and Mac OS X will be available in July. The suggested retail price is US $309 for all platforms. Registered users of any version of Bryce are eligible to purchase the upgrade version of Bryce 5 for US $159. French and German versions of Bryce 5 will be available in August 2001. Corel Corporation Corel Corporation provides its customers with the creative tools they need to unleash their imaginations. With its heritage of software innovation and a solid franchise of loyal customers worldwide, Corel has earned its reputation as an internationally recognized developer of award-winning graphics and business productivity applications on the Windows, Macintosh, Linux and UNIX platforms. In 2001, Corel will continue to expand its support of the Web, delivering the Internets versatility to customers through exciting Web-based applications, content and services. Corel will also be developing applications for Microsofts .NET platform as part of its commitment to provide customers with a full range of applications and services over the Internet. With its headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, Corel continues to be one of Silicon Valley Norths most exciting and influential software companies. Corels common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CORL and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol COR. For more information on Corel Corporation, please visit

Article Comments

Shademaster ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 29 June 2001

Sounds great! But does it have 'motion blur' to make animations more realistic??

WorldbuilderMedia ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 July 2001

The field depth and tree lab will certainly come in handy. But I'm with Shademaster: will motion blur be possible?

isidro ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 July 2001

Sounds great but when do we get nurbs,splines,and patches. and a real interface. that is easy to navigate when you are modeling. as a terrain generator i think Bryce is awesome. but when will you be able to take a poser model with animation and import it so that you are not just using Bryce to be the next Digital Bob Ross.

Mallignamius ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 July 2001

'Bout time they put some foliage into Bryce. (Tree and plant generator.) This will of course lend us some more arguments on Bryce vs. WorldBuilder.

Blackjak ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 03 July 2001

I think it's great that Bryce will finally support dual processors, and the depth of field rendering sounds great, BUT I must agree with isidro - WHEN will Bryce be able to support Poser files - nearly all of us use both - but I am fed up with rebuilding the model in Bryce after importing then Harryhausen-ing it - especially after spending hours getting it "just so" in Poser. I was hoping that the Pro Pack would provide Bryce Hosting like it does for Max and Lightwave - I think Corel and Curious labs need to get together. I think the Tree Lab and Lighting Labs sound gorgeous though!

x2000 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 04 July 2001

For me, the critical question is whether or not they've dealt with Bryce's aggravating inability to export more than terrains.

adh3d ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 04 July 2001

Well, sounds great. The only thing i want is can import poser animations to bryce. We must notice that bryce is not a 3d package like 3dmax, lightwave..., it is a terrain generator, well, it is more than this, but bryce it is not used for creating 3d models. I always thing Bryce is the last step of creating an animation. Its render is fantastic.

Anthony Appleyard ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 10 July 2001

If the "soft shadows" are realistic, it would be useful. I get tired of knife-sharp sun shadows as if the sun was a pinpoint and even with an overcast sky.

blafe ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 10 July 2001

i hope they put Flash output...

dkirk ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 12 July 2001

Anybody read the .pdf on this release yet? There is no mention of importing .obj files. There is an export option though. I've emailed Corel and will post the answer as soon as it's received.

jlweber ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 17 July 2001

Allways importing Poser... is there any program who can, if not why put the full load on Bryce???? It is by all means a landscape generator....

kaom ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 19 July 2001

What about straight up render speed? When will it get faster?

Kiddego ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 September 2001

I love the program but will go nuts over it when they release a patch that wull let me use the tree editor and still be able to save what im working on and it not crash. it only lets me save if I dont touch the tree editor

Estruch ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 23 September 2001

This genial....

Brendan ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 07 October 2001

Bryce is Bryce ! The fact that it is capable of much more than it's adverstied functions, shows how clever and versatile a programme it is. All said, some spline functions would be a boon.

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