07 Aug 2009

Away3d: 2.4 & 3.4 released!

by Rob Bateman

The Away3d 2.4 & 3.4 update has been released, with a completely revamped examples section, for both Flash 9 (2.4) & Flash 10 (3.4) versions. To grab your copy, head over to the svn or go straight to the downloads section for a zip of sources and examples. fish1 many new features have been added to this release, including:

  • Vector graphics and fonts support.
  • Typed-checked loader support.
  • Geometry modifiers for exploding, welding, mirroring...
  • Depth material for creating depth masks.
  • Normalmap and Bumpmap generators from geometry.
  • Light pre-baking on textures.
plus the usual stability improvements and a ton of bugfixes. Documentation will soon be updated at away3d.com/livedocs text1 Special thanx must go to Guojian Wu of wu-media.com for his excellent new as3 library swfvector, which allows you to convert any shape outline or textfield in a swf into as3 data. This is used to great effect in the new release, easily enabling the drawing of textfields and shapes in 3d. materials11 The examples interspersing this post can be accessed by clicking on their images - each comes with it's own source which can be downloaded by selecting "View Source" in the right-click menu. Or you can download these and a ton of other examples (both .as files and .fla files) by going to away3d.com/downloads. The Basic_Swf example also uses the excellent as3dmod library (which you can download from here) for producing the bend effect. Now you can twist and deform vector graphics in 3d, thanx to as3dmod, swfvector and Away3d 2.4 / 3.4 :D Enjoy the new release! The Away3d Team


07 Aug 2009 08:51 PM

Pradeek said:

Rock on guys. Great job...

10 Aug 2009 02:27 AM

Erik Lembke said:

Just reconnected my SVN and can't wait to play with the light pre-baking feature... totally awesome!
Thank you guys!

10 Aug 2009 09:27 AM

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10 Aug 2009 06:32 PM

Marc said:

Is there support to make TextField3d interactive? Meaning, can I make it a button instead of having to place invisible planes in front of it?


11 Aug 2009 05:16 AM

Bastian said:

Any performance improvements for the Flash 10 version?

13 Aug 2009 05:10 AM

Rob Bateman said:


some minor performance improvements were added, but we are working on a performance release for Flash 10 in the meantime - more on this soon


yes, textfields and curved shapes are fully interactive. The second demo in this post will reset the texture on the text if you click on it. Invisible planes may still be necessary though in cases where you want an area around the text to be interactive, rather than just the text itself


14 Aug 2009 06:44 AM

Lorenz said:

Great guys! I need to make a new game with Away3D!

15 Aug 2009 02:43 PM

Rahmat Hidayat said:

the text extrusion is simply amazing!

25 Aug 2009 06:14 AM

emmanuel balagtas said:

im goin to test the new engine. to dominate UAE, :: funny..

07 Sep 2009 06:31 AM

Philip Bulley said:

@Rahmat, hello mate!!
thanks to your suggestion, i've switched form papervision3d to away3d and haven't looked back since! just finishing up my first commercial away3d project using the FP10 version smile

20 Feb 2010 12:11 PM

John said:

Amazing Guys!!! As mentioned by Rahmat the text extrusion is simply amazing!

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