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The Archive Titanium Edition from Digimation

More than 16,500 3D models By Kevin McAuliffe

I like being a "one-man-show." I not only edit, but I do motion graphics, sound mixing and a variety of other jobs that give my clients a "one stop shop" for all their post production needs. These days I'm moving more and more into 3D design (using Cinema 4D), as it is another service I can offer my clients. There is one problem though, and that is that I can't model to save my life. I can light, animate and render, but it's the "creating" that's the problem. That's where The Archive Titanium Edition (TATE) from Digimation comes in to save me, and makes me look (even more) like a superstar to my clients. 

TATE's main installation comes in the form of a search tool to source all your models. The installation process of the search tool should take no longer than about five minutes. The Archive also comes in two flavors. The Platinum edition, with more than 10,000 models, and the Titanium Edition, with more than 16,500 models. The search tool is the same, no matter what version you use, and I will get more into how to sort by version later in the article. The search tool is also used if you want to purchase models on their own, without buying either bundle, and you can also get a polygon count as well, so you know how detailed the model is before you start working with it.

The Archive comes on 10 CD-ROMs

What you get and how it works
Like I said, I can't create 3D models to save my life, and that's where TATE comes in. TATE is a library of 16,504 high quality 3D models (some of which have polygon counts in the hundreds of thousands.) on 10 CD-ROMs. One thing that is very important when purchasing models for projects you are working on is that they accurately represent their real-world counterpart. More than 90% of the vehicles (cars and trucks) have been digitized from the actual vehicles themselves, which guarantees their accuracy. The models themselves are delivered in the .OBJ format, which is an industry standard format (Alias Wavefront) that is readable by almost all 3D applications including Maya, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Softimage XSI and Lightwave, as well as 2D applications such as Photoshop CS3 (and above) extended, and Adobe's After Effects (used in conjunction with Photoshop CS3/4 Extended).

After purchasing TATE, you will know you are getting a good product just by looking at the box it comes in. Very sleek, very stylish, and if the models are anything like the packaging, these should be really good!

The models are high polygon, high quality models.

When you are ready to export a model, you will have to launch The Archive's search tool, as you cannot just go on to the disc and pull off whatever file you need. The Archive's search tool is broken down into sixteen categories to make your searching easier. They are:

Air Transport
Ground Transport
Military Ground
Sports & Hobbies
Water Transport

The Archive's search tool.

You can also refine your search by choosing to see only textured or untextured models or you can search by either the Platinum or Titanium edition of The Archive. Depending on how you want to search, the models that are not part of the search parameters will be greyed out.

You can refine your search by choosing to see only textured or untextured models.

Also, if you know what you want, you can simply punch it into the text box in the upper right hand corner, and all available matches will appear. To make sure you are getting exactly what you want, make sure the installation disc is in your DVD drive, and you will get a thumbnail preview of all the models available. For a better view of any model, simply double click on it.

Once you have the model(s) you like, simply right click on it, and select "Add to Unlock Queue."

Once you have the model(s) you like, simply right click on it, and select "Add to Unlock Queue," and you will then notice that the "Unlock Queue" will have a number beside it, based on how many items you have added to the queue.



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