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Autodesk releases 123D Catch for iPad

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 | Posted by Jim Thacker

A teaser for Autodesk’s 123D apps, including the new iPad version of image-based modelling tool 123D Catch. We’re not sure quite why you’d want to create a model of a bunch of flowers that looked quite like that, though…

Autodesk has released 123D Catch, its free image-based modelling tool, as an iPad app. (Actually, it came out last week, but we haven’t seen the news posted in many places yet.)

The software, originally known as Project Photofly, enables users to upload photographs of object to the cloud and download the resulting model in OBJ or DWG format.

The new app seems almost identical to the desktop version, only even more automated: you can take the photos with the iPad’s built-in camera, and navigate the model via the pad’s touchscreen controls or the gyro.

If you want to try it, you’ll need an iPad 2 or newer running iOS 5.0 and above.

New export options for 123D Sculpt
In separate news, Autodesk has updated sculpting app 123D Sculpt, adding the option to export your model as an OBJ with PNG textures: a significant step forward, since the original release didn’t offer any export options.

Again, you’ll need iOS 5.0, although that one works with any edition of the iPad.

Download 123D Catch for iPad via the App Store

Visit the 123D Catch website

Download 123D Sculpt 1.02 via the App Store

Visit the 123D Sculpt website

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5 responses to “Autodesk releases 123D Catch for iPad”

  1. Phil said:

    Wasn’t this out months and months ago? That’s how long people have been complaining that there’s no Android version.

    4:19 pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  2. badmouse said:

    I don’t understand way the release it for ipad and not for iphone. must of the peoples have iphone, not ipad…

    8:59 pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  3. neil said:

    Taking photo’s with the ipad’s built-in _phone_ is impressive! (/sarcasm)

    6:33 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  4. Jim Thacker said:

    The desktop version has been out for a while, but AFAIK the iPad app is new. Autodesk has a range of 123D apps, though, so they may have announced in advance that they were going to release it.

    1:54 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

  5. Jim Thacker said:

    (/ah crap) Fixed!

    1:55 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

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