Animasia 3-D is an Apple IIGS desktop application that allows computer users to create images and animations using three-dimensional objects. Animasia 3-D has a robust suite of features that are powerful, versatile, and intuitive. The goal of all features is to make the user more productive when creating 3-D objects, worlds, and animations.
The intuitive user interface is what sets Animasia 3-D apart from similar types of software available for other computing platforms. With Animasia 3-D, elements are directly changeable by pointing and clicking the mouse, which conforms to the guidelines published by Apple Computer. Users will not have to understand cryptic sets of mathematical concepts and commands. Instead, the popular phrase that heralded the boom of desktop publishing now applies to 3-D graphics: “What you see is what you get.”
Animations can be played by Animasia 3-D or included in HyperStudio and HyperCard GS stacks. Three-dimensional objects are the things that make up animations. Objects have height, width, and depth, like a chair or a bird. Objects are animated just by moving the object to a new position at a new time. Create the starting and ending positions and the in between transitions are filled in automatically.
Animasia 3-D is compatible with all applications, desk accessories, and extensions, such as AppleWorks GS, Platinum Paint, HyperStudio, HyperCard GS, Switch It!, The Manager, Twilight II, ShadowWrite, HardPressed, AutoArk, GraphicWriter III, Addressed For Success, GNO/ME, and the Finder. To further maximize compatibility, existing file standards are adhered to. For instance, users can export Apple Preferred Format pictures, create Paintworks-type animations, and import industry standard AutoCAD “DXF” type objects. The Clipboard is fully supported and utilized, which makes using Animasia 3-D in conjunction with other graphical applications a strong combination.
Animasia 3-D requires an Apple IIGS that is running System 6.0.1 or later with at least 2MB of memory. 4MB of memory, a hard disk, and an accelerator are recommended.
Animasia 3-D was originally released as a $99 commercial product in 1995 before being reclassified as shareware in 1999. In 2022, Michael Lutynski reclassified it as freeware, with permission for Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits to distribute both here and in the Internet Archive.
This free download includes a ZIP archive of the following files:
- Six .2mg disk images consisting of the application, tutorial, projects, models, animations, and documentation in GraphicWriter III format
- A PDF of the Animasia 3-D Quick Start & Tutorials manual (scanned by Andy Molloy)
- A PDF of the Animasia 3-D Reference manual (scanned by Ian Brumby)
- Screenshots, disk labels, and the original press release