Macworld 2007: 3Dconnexion extends support for its SpaceNavigator device to Mac OS X

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spacenavigator.jpg3Dconnexion (part of Logitech) announced today that beta software is available for the Mac that allows use of the SpaceNavigator 3D navigation device.

The SpaceNavigator offers 3D designers intuitive and powerful 3D navigational control, and so it seems like a perfect fit to make software available for the Mac, an important graphics design platform.

The SpaceNavigator is used in conjunction with a mouse, and held in the other hand, and is supposed to significantly reduce the number of times people need to switch tools in order to manipulate 3D images on screen. The device allows simultaneous panning, zooming and rotating of 3D options, which isn’t possible with mouse and keyboard alone.

3D designers, students, educators and enthusiasts who have a SpaceNavigator device can participate in the public beta program by downloading the Universal Binary-Compliant driver for Macintosh, 3DxMacWare, at www.3Dconnexion.com.

The beta will support Google SketchUp 6,0 and Autodesk Maya 7+, with additional support being added as beta testing progresses. The full software is expected to be available from March, priced $59 or $99.

www.3Dconnexion.com

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Andy Merrett