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ShapeOnYou for Mac

By Pierre Chatelier Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 26, 2013

Communicating with the help of images is powerful, but it often requires additional work, and that can be discouraging. ShapeOnYou for Mac can fulfill your need to add simple 3D shapes as support materials for your work. It is designed to be quick and easy to use and won't require any modeling to achieve satisfying but simple results.

ShapeOnYou for Mac consists of a 3D vector shape library that allows easy export to images. Those images can then be used in your text document as illustrations. The program itself already contains basic shapes and other examples that are of general interest. The main window lets you quickly drag the shapes around and position them the way you want. Coloring faces and parts of faces is also possible. Once the desired result is achieved, exporting a graphic image out of the 3D shape is done simply by dragging it outside of the window. Simple and easy. You can also paint the background and export the image in a rectangular shape. This program also allows the creation of simple animations. All you have to do is enter the transformations that you want applied to the camera. This feature wasn't easy to use at first but it's still functional for simple movements. Too bad importing from popular 3D formats such as SketchUp files in not supported, though you can drag and drop the results in other programs such as Keynote.

ShapeOnYou seems to be ideal for students as an aid for homework and reports that often need simple graphical 3D images.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5.6

Fixed compatibility with Mac OS 10.7


Release February 12, 2013
Date Added February 12, 2013
Version 1.5.6

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

ShapeOnYou is a little application that can display and animate different vectorial 3D shapes. It is useful to illustrate documents and is designed to easily drag'n drop the results in other applications (like Keynote, OmniGraffle 4) where you would like to use 3D shapes. It is even better if these application support LinkBack : supporting LinkBack means that you can update the image by modifying it in ShapeOnYou, and the modification will take place in the document of the other application.

ShapeOnYou features:

  • full vectorial graphics to make images smoothly resizable
  • the ability to build parametrized animations that can be exported to QuickTime movies
  • an elegant and intuitive interface, with an inspector in the iWork style
  • smart 3D rendering with detection of hidden edges, shadows, shading
  • a large set of basic and complex shapes (cube, cylinder, torus, MÃ?Æ?Ã?Æ?Ã?â??Ã?Æ?Ã?Æ?Ã?â??Ã?â??Ã?¶bius ring, blob...)
  • the ability to customize existing shapes with some distortions (thinning, bending...)
  • the ability to create your own extruded shapes
  • numerous export formats : PDF, EPS, SVG, VRML, X3D, TIFF, PNG, JPEG
  • Linkback support

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