Aladdin 4D Nears Open Source Goal

Kermit Woodall writes “Only $3300 Remaining!! We’re talking source code, trademarks and everything! Nova Design, Inc. has put the entire rights and source code to one of their top software titles, Aladdin 4D, on an exclusive offer to the Open Aladdin 4D group ( who are raising the money for it. At this time we have raised enough money that only $3400 more is needed before Aladdin 4D is ours and Open Sourced!

What is Aladdin 4D? It’s a powerful, but extremely easy-to-use, 3D modeling, rendering and animation package that includes the 3D tools that you’d expect as well as many unique features like relative time-based animation, an amazingly powerful particle system, and one of the fastest rendering systems on the desktop.

Nova originally purchased Aladdin 4D in the mid-1990s from Adspec, Inc. and then heavily upgraded and modernized to make it even more powerful and easy to use. Aladdin 4D has many advanced tools for professional 3D animation, yet its interface was designed to be easy for anyone to use. The source code for Aladdin 4D was designed to be as portable as possible. Adspec, under contract, once ported Aladdin 4D to the Transputer board and also did a special Intel processor rendering engine. Aladdin 4D has already had it’s rendering engine test-compiled (a quick hack job) under Linux, MacOS X and other platforms in the past. The source code is highly standard C source code.

Additionally, Nova Design has also agreed to turn over all of the source code for unreleased/uncompleted new features and modules for Aladdin 4D and all concepts and designs for other features will be freely given over as well.

Please donate today. The sooner we hit the goal, the sooner we’ll have Aladdin 4D on new platforms upgraded again!”