Digital Nendo
[Digital Clay]

This is a page of Digital Nendo by HIDEKI NAKAZAWA
World's first bitmap 3D tool

Last update: Feb. 2, 1997 / Modified a bit in Mar. 1, 2003
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What is Digital Nendo??
......NENDO means CLAY in Japanese.....
It is a 3D graphic tool.
It is the world's first bitmap 3D tool.
You can freely draw 3D objects as if by handwriting.
The world's first gravity-free and topology-free tool.
Version for Macintosh was published by Ask Company on July l8, 1996.
Windows version was also published by the same company on Nov. 8, 1996.
Programming by Simple Systems Co.
Original idea, software design, and supervision by HIDEKI NAKAZAWA.

text/ "Text of Digital Nendo" by Hideki Nakazawa

My invention "Digital Nendo [Digital Clay]" is the first BITMAP 3D software in the world. Ask Company is selling "Digital Nendo" for Windows. "Digital Nendo" for Macintosh, which had been long time not available, can be now available free only to the first 300 persons.
There exists only Japanese version; if you do not mind unreadable letters, it works well on English systems also.
Contact: nakazawa@aloalo.co.jp (March 1, 2003)


Software "Digital Clay [Nendo]" : Software-Designed and Directed by Hideki Nakazawa in 1996. (C) Ask Co., Ltd.
Patent "Device for Processing a 3-D Image" : Invented by Hideki Nakazawa in 1996. U. S. Patent No. 6,144,384. Japanese Patent No. 2,968,209.
Patent "Solid Object Generation" : Invented by Hideki Nakazawa in 1996. U. S. Patent No. 5,807,448. Japanese Patent No. 3,150,066.

With Digital Nendo, you can make not only conventional 3D objects but also such extraordinary objects as you see below. Here, as the work screen, I will show you 5 patterns (A~E), all of which are registered in "Digital Nendo" as "Stamp."

A/3D Object with Inside Structure
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Digital Nendo is the first bitmap 3D software, which explains that, from its bitmap concept, it is naturally a tool for making 3D objects having inside structures. (Conventional 3D software can only make external structures, not internal ones.) So you can play with it and use it in various ways. It has such systems as "Slice-mode" and "Para-para Window" (para-para=sound of ruffling the pages), with both of which you can go into inside to see the inside structures with a new 3D sensation.

B/3D Object of Animation
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Digital Nendo, the first fixed coordinates bitmap 3D software, has ability to replace the z-axis of the fixed coordinates with the t-axis (time-axis), which you can see in "Para-para Window". "Para-para Window" and its enlarged version, "Big Para-para Window" display each layer sliced by "Slice-mode" on the same area, which creates an animation-like effect just like ruffling the cartoons for animation. So, conversely speaking, you can also regard Digital Nendo as a tool for making animations to be seen by "Para-para Window". And furthermore, those queerest 3D objects seen by "Fukan-mode" (fukan=bird's eye view) or "Viewer", can be called to be "the very 3D objects of animation".

C/3D Trompe L'Oeil (Deceiving Picture)
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By taking the method of oblique projections (false cubic display) which is used in "Fukan-mode" and "Guru-guru Window" (guru-guru=rotating) as a fixed interface, you can make, for example, an object like one which seems like a face if seen from a certain angle, but from some other angle what you see is only a straight line. There are various other variations, but here I put them altogether as "3D Trompe L'oeil".

D/3D Dot-Pattern
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Digital Nendo, the first referring-to-inside bitmap 3D software, can arrange objects regularly in cubic forms by the section unit, and by using the technique you can even reproduce such regular structures as mineral crystal ones. In other words, Digital Nendo is the first tool which can display a dot-pattern or a screen-tone as the graphics on the third dimention, which hitherto was only possible on the two-dimensional planes. And there are various indication modes you can choose for its appreciation.

E/3D Op Art
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Digital Nendo, the first referring-to-inside and the time-axis output-type bitmap 3D software, can regularly arrange vivid color objects by the section unit, and, in addition, can slide each layer little by little by regular width, which made it possible to offer an animation-type visual display like op art, a highly-visually-stimulating one, by using "Para-para Window". If you see the object from outside, you will see only a cube with beautiful surface, but its inside is a highly-visually-stimulating "certain object" with high tension. And in many of those examples, you can get another similar op-art-type animation, even if you turn the t-axis of animation by turning the world by 90 degrees.

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Digital Nendo can do many things other than A~E mentioned above, though without images. They are, for example, "jaggy 3D object", "combination of planes crossing in 90 degrees", "Platonic figure", "3D comic strip" "3D arucinboldo-effect", "3D action painting", etc.

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