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3Dconnexion today announced the SpaceMouse™ Pro – its newest 3D mouse for professional 3D software users working in a range of industries from mechanical engineering to media and entertainment, product design, architecture, and healthcare. SpaceMouse Pro combines 3Dconnexion's patented six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sensor for intuitive and precise 3D navigation with an advanced ergonomic design and innovative On-screen Display, to deliver superior comfort and a simpler, more productive workflow.

"3D mice revolutionize the way people interact with digital 3D content," said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. "We are committed to developing products that meet the needs of 3D users. SpaceMouse Pro provides a professional 3D navigation experience, enabling users to better understand their 3D content, while its new advanced ergonomic design ensures a comfortable working experience."

The SpaceMouse Pro 3D mouse is an easy-to-use, professional solution with advanced features, including:

* Professional Navigation: The patented six-degrees-of-freedom sensor provides intuitive 3D navigation while five QuickView keys offer one-touch access to 12 view combinations – top, right, front, and 90-degree rotation.
* Advanced Ergonomic Design: SpaceMouse Pro ensures a balanced and comfortable workflow with full-size, soft-coated hand rest and fifteen large, tactile and easy-to-locate buttons.
* Application Control: Four large, fully customizable Intelligent Function Keys provide fingertip access to frequently used application commands while the new On-screen Display provides visual feedback on function key assignment. In addition, SpaceMouse Pro's Keyboard Modifiers provide convenient access to Control, Shift, Alt, Esc functions.

3Dconnexion will be demonstrating the SpaceMouse Pro in booth #136 at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1.

3Dconnexion 3D mice revolutionize the way users work with 3D applications by providing a more natural and intuitive way to interact with digital 3D content. By gently manipulating the controller cap, users can simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate their 3D models or camera position while using the standard mouse to select, create and edit. It's an intuitive, balanced and cooperative work style that results in increased productivity, improvements in design quality and enhanced comfort.

The SpaceMouse Pro is backed by a three-year warranty, and is currently available at a suggested retail price of $299. The SpaceMouse Pro is supported by Windows 7, Vista®, XP, Mac OS 10.4.6 or later, Sun Solaris 8 (SPARC), Sun Solaris 10 (x86/x64), and Linux® (Redhat Enterprise Linux WS 4, SuSE 9.3 or later).

For more information, visit: www.3Dconnexion.com

3Dconnexion today announced its 3D mice are now supported by Blender 2.59, helping digital artists take their designs further by enabling previously impossible levels of interaction with their 3D content.

“Hands down, 3Dconnexion 3D mice provide the most intuitive way to work in Blender and are a must-have tool on today’s design workstations,” said Nathan Letwory, chief technology officer, Studio Lumikuu and Blender core developer. “Using a 3D mouse in Blender, means you can position your model while simultaneously sculpting or modifying with a traditional mouse or tablet. You have to try it or see it to believe it!”

3Dconnexion 3D mice offer a level of design interaction that’s unattainable with a traditional mouse and keyboard. Using a 3D mouse, such as the SpaceNavigator, SpaceExplorer or SpacePilot PRO, Blender users can unleash their creativity in a whole new way, while benefiting from a faster more comfortable work-style.   

3Dconnexion 3D mice also deliver a consistent navigation experience across most popular 3D applications, enabling designers to maintain their navigation workflow when changing from one application to another. The intuitive and precise control makes users feel like they’re holding the digital model in their hand. Check out what “Big Buck Bunny” has to say about 3D mice here.

“The introduction of 3D mouse support in the latest release of Blender underscores our ongoing commitment to extending the support and reach of superior 3D navigation to all 3D software users,” said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. “Using Blender with a 3D mouse significantly enhances the creative design experience, giving the user a direct connection to their 3D models and worlds.”  

3Dconnexion will be demonstrating 3D mouse navigation in Blender in booth 970 at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver, Canada, August 9-11.

The entire 3Dconnexion product line is compatible with Blender, including the Professional Series with the SpacePilot PRO and SpaceExplorer™, and the Standard Series with the SpaceNavigator and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks.

For more information, visit: www.3Dconnexion.com

3Dconnexion today announced Autodesk® has added native 3D mouse support in AutoCAD 2012, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D CAD design tools. Autodesk Showcase® 2012 was also added to 3Dconnexion’s portfolio of supported applications, offering architects, designers, engineers, and managers native 3D mouse support in the real-time 3D presentation and rendering software that helps transform CAD files into compelling imagery, movies, and real-time presentations. AutoCAD 2012 support includes 3Dconnexion 3D mouse compatibility in the full line of AutoCAD products, including AutoCAD® Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D®, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Map® 3D, AutoCAD® Mechanical, AutoCAD® MEP, AutoCAD® P&ID, and AutoCAD® Plant 3D, as well as Autodesk Inventor® Fusion.

3Dconnexion 3D mice further enhance the new conceptual design tools and more robust 3D modeling tools in AutoCAD 2012, enabling engineers to design, explore and collaborate more efficiently. 3D mice also now allow designers using Showcase 2012 to more easily transform CAD data into imagery, movies and interactive presentations and improve the overall design review process. In addition, native integration into these two applications provides users with optimized access to industry-leading 3D navigation capabilities, enabling them to take full advantage of a wide range of benefits.

“Autodesk continues to innovate around its design and engineering software portfolio for manufacturers. This year, we’re proud to deliver AutoCAD customers even greater flexibility and accessibility, with the inclusion of new tools for direct modeling,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD Products, Autodesk. “We’re pleased to support 3Dconnexion 3D mice in AutoCAD and Autodesk Showcase 2012, helping our customers design and navigate more quickly and easily in 3D.”

Offering a level of design interaction unattainable with a traditional mouse and keyboard, 3D mice allow AutoCAD and Showcase 2012 users to pan, zoom and rotate simultaneously enabling a superior navigation experience that boosts productivity and efficiency while aiding user comfort. Using a 3D mouse, AutoCAD and Showcase users are able to design more intuitively and with such precise control it feels like they’re holding the digital model in their hand.

“Native support in AutoCAD and Showcase 2012 marks yet another watershed for 3Dconnexion, underscoring the significance of 3D mice in today’s 3D design environments,” said Dieter Neujahr, CEO and president of 3Dconnexion. “3Dconnexion 3D mice are a must-have for any designer working in a high-performance, state-of-the-art 3D design platforms.”

For more information visit: www.3Dconnexion.com

3Dconnexion today announced 3DxWare 10, a breakthrough driver platform that extends the usage of 3D mice to any application, from Microsoft® Office® to internet browsers and from media players to games. With over a million units sold, 3Dconnexion 3D mice are the tool of choice for engineering and design professionals working in sophisticated 3D environments. And now with 3DxWare 10, 3Dconnexion 3D mice can also handle everyday applications with ease.

Proven in 3D, Now Works Anywhere
Previously, only users of specialist 3D applications benefited from the intuitive, six degrees-of-freedom 3D navigation delivered by a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse. Now, the simple 3DxWare 10 interface allows users to assign keyboard strokes and traditional mouse or joystick movements in any combination to the 3D mouse. Tilt the controller cap to scroll a Web page, twist the cap to adjust the volume in iTunes, or use all six axes to pilot a helicopter in Battlefield Bad Company 2. The choice of application and assignment of the six axes and up to 31 function keys (depending on the 3D mouse model) is entirely up to the user.

“The 3DxWare 10 driver platform represents a new era for our 3D mice,” says Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. “Our customers have told us they want to be able to use their 3D mice with everyday applications. This technology lays the foundation for our products to be used far more widely, ultimately allowing us to extend the advanced features of our 3D mice to anyone who works with a computer.”

Much More Than a Mouse
3DxWare 10 offers limitless possibilities for incorporating 3D mice into everyday use, including:

Documents and Browsers: 3D mice now offer a compelling alternative to traditional mouse wheel navigation in documents, spreadsheets and Web pages. Gently tilt the 3D mouse cap to scroll the view up or down or twist the cap to zoom in and out.

Games: Most PC gamers rely on a combination of a traditional mouse and keyboard to control their character or camera view, but with 3DxWare 10 a 3D mouse can be used to deliver intuitive and comfortable control in games like The Sims™ 3. It’s also possible for the 3D mouse to emulate a joystick or gamepad for a rich 3D experience in games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Wings of Prey and Need for Speed.

Media Players: Controlling the volume, track selection or position is typically handled by the traditional mouse and keyboard shortcuts. With a 3D mouse, you can twist the cap to adjust the volume, tilt the cap sideways to fast forward and rewind, and tilt the cap forward or backward to move between tracks in your playlist. And if the user prefers other controls, they can easily customize the 3D mouse to best suit their needs.

3D Collaboration: 3DxWare 10 also provides a new feature for professional users by allowing multiple 3D mice to be used on one workstation. This innovative development enables easier viewing of 3D models in group design reviews or client presentations.

“With 3DxWare 10, there are no limits to how a 3D mouse can be used, except for one’s imagination,” concludes Neujahr.

For more information or to download, visit: www.3dconnexion.com/anywhere

3Dconnexion announced Autodesk® has added native 3D mouse support in Autodesk Revit® Architecture 2012, Autodesk Revit Structure 2012, and Autodesk MEP® 2012 software applications, bringing the full range of 3D mouse design benefits to Revit users. 3Dconnexion 3D mice complement the intuitive interface and modeling and documentation tools in Revit software, helping to enhance every design workflow stage with increased productivity and comfort.

“We are delighted to introduce 3Dconnexion 3D mouse support in the latest Revit software release, as it has been one of the top requests from customers,” said Nicolas Mangon, building business line director, Autodesk. “We’ve been working closely with 3Dconnexion to ensure the quality of support is what both Revit and 3D mouse users expect, enabling architects to work more freely and efficiently.”

3Dconnexion today also announced 3D mouse support in Autodesk Navisworks 2012 software applications, bringing 3D mouse navigation benefits to model integration, review and analysis. Offering a level of design interaction unattainable with a traditional mouse and keyboard, 3D mice allow Revit and Navisworks users to pan, zoom and rotate simultaneously to deliver superior navigation and more intuitive control, helping to boost productivity and efficiency while aiding user comfort.

“The decision to integrate 3D mouse support in Autodesk Revit 2012 software applications, some of the leading BIM applications, is an important landmark in our quest to bring superior 3D navigation to this community,” said Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. “3Dconnexion 3D mice have become the standard for navigation in 3D design software and we look forward to supporting the performance needs of today’s design professionals whatever industry they work in.”

Revit offers a comprehensive level of support for 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice, with an enhanced workflow at every step of the design process, including:

3D Modeling: Leveraging a two-handed workflow with a 3D mouse and traditional mouse results in intuitive and precise 3D navigation and a more fluid, productive design process

Conceptual Design & Review: Leveraging the superior navigation features of 3D mice, architects are able to easily visualize a building or model at the beginning of a project for a more tangible connection to a design, as well as aid in the earlier detection of design flaws

Client Presentation: 3D mice help clients visualize a project with cinematic-like motions and smooth transitions from one perspective to another, giving the viewer a sense of being in the actual space

User Interface: An intuitive navigation bar features options for controlling the view, including navigation modes, keeping the scene upright, center tool, and 3Dconnexion driver control panel

2D and 3D Navigation: When working in 3D, users can quickly switch between object and walk/fly camera modes within the conceptual design, 3D model or client presentation; in 2D, designers can continue editing while working in detail sheets and section views with easy pan and zoom functionality

Button Mapping: 3Dconnexion’s Professional Series products feature programmable function keys for instant access to commonly used application commands, and QuickView Navigation keys for one-touch access to specific views

The entire 3Dconnexion product line is compatible with Revit and Navisworks 2012, including the Professional Series with the SpacePilot PRO (MSRP $399) and SpaceExplorer™ (MSRP $299), and the Standard Series with the SpaceNavigator (MSRP $99) and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129).

For more information visit: www.3Dconnexion.com

3Dconnexion today announced it has shipped more than one million 3D mice, supporting today’s most popular and powerful 3D software solutions from companies including Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, Siemens, PTC, Google, Microsoft, and Adobe across computer aided design, digital content creation, architecture and construction, and geographic information systems.

3Dconnexion 3D mice unlock the power of 3D design applications by allowing design engineers to interact naturally with 3D content as if they are holding the model or camera in their hand. Many of the world’s leading companies in industries from aerospace to automotive, consumer goods to electronics, and machine tools to game development, use 3Dconnexion 3D mice to boost productivity, efficiency and the comfort of their design teams.

“As we accelerated through the one millionth 3D mouse milestone, we’ve seen customer recommendations become an increasingly powerful driver of our business,” said Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. “And the future looks bright as we continue to bring the benefits of superior 3D navigation to an ever wider range of software applications and new market opportunities, bound only by the imagination.”

To mark its “One Millionth 3D Mouse Milestone,” 3Dconnexion will host several activities throughout the next month, offering users the opportunity to win a 3D mouse.

The core technology inside all of 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice originates from the field of robotics and space exploration. In 1993, a 3D controller was used on the space shuttle Columbia, manipulating the first robotic arm in space, and was the launching point for a family of 3D mice that now help 3D professionals in hundreds of thousands of organizations to design, innovate and create some of the most well known products in the world.

For more information, visit: www.3dconnexion.com

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