Rhino has been building a substantial install base over the past year and is poised to breakout as an extremely popular tool of choice for 3D modelers. New Riders wants to lock up this market quickly by capitalizing on a strategic partnership with the people who wrote the program: McNeel & Associates. Those who buy the program will receive a reference-based book; anyone wanting a tutorial-based book will be encouraged to pick this one up. Is that synergy or what? (And no other books are available yet, either; New Riders will own this market, at least for the time being.) The book takes the end user through the capabilities of this program using a tutorial approach. It moves from basic use of the program to advanced usage issues. Discussion is focused on step-by-step procedures, without long stretches of dry text to plod through. The book is designed to make it easy to learn what the program can really do, and is directed toward the widest range of users.
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Rhino NURBS 3D Modeling is an excellent book not only on building models with this popular modeling tool but on computer modeling in general. Many of the techniques described here, such as Boolean operations and trimming surfaces, can be applied to building models in other programs.
Many chapters adeptly demonstrate Rhino's power as a NURBS modeler (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines). NURBS is a computer modeling paradigm that makes it easy to build curved surfaces and organic shapes. Certain chapters go into detail on building shapes such as a dragonfly (based on a photographic template), a coffeepot with a lid, and a cartoon-style boy character.
The most interesting chapter covers the process of modeling a human face based on a plaster casting, and it offers numerous photos documenting the process of creating the plaster mold from someone's face, filling it to get the cast, and digitizing it into Rhino using a digitizing scribe.
The accompanying CD-ROM contains all the models discussed in the book, plus a quasi-demo version of Rhino that has all features enabled. ("Quasi" because saving things from the program becomes disabled after the 15th time.) Rhino NURBS 3D Modeling works well for new Rhino users and for artists new to computer modeling interested in learning how a dedicated NURBS modeler works. --Mike CaputoFrom Library Journal:
This is a great package for libraries since the CD-ROM includes a complete demonstration version of Rhino, which can be used 15 times on any individual machine (before being disabled); that is, a library can check it out to as many patrons as that library has, and they can all try it 15 times. The book covers all the computer modeling bases, and the disc includes all models and the software.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción New Riders, 1999. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110735709254