California Graphics, the 3D performance
specialists, has continued its pioneering of the
3D graphics market with the launch of an
innovative design of graphics set-up software.
Its new CGP Reality Pro software
is supplied free with all of California Graphics
advanced 3D graphics cards and provides
sophisticated set-up routines for all aspects of
the usage of the graphics cards.
"Until now, everyone has been doing very
boring user interfaces for these set-up
routines," explained Vincenzo Coccoli,
Chairman and CEO of California Graphics. "If
you have just bought a state-of-the-art 3D
graphics board, you expect to have software to
match. We are the first 3D graphics company to
design our software to be three dimensional with
rotating objects, perspective effects, etc. -
this makes it not only much easier to use but
"Everyone hates reading manuals and so our
new 3D approach has enabled us to make this
software extremely intuitive. If anyone does get
stuck, help balloons pop up and there is
extensive, on line contextual help so that
manuals are virtually unnecessary.
"Key to this new suite of software is the
navigation interface of a rotating cube. Each
surface is divided into a number of squares, each
with an icon, that control various functions and
is activated by clicking on the relevant icon.
Our tests with users showed that this approach
give much faster and more accurate access that
the old drop down menu concept. In fact, it is so
good, that we are currently applying for a patent
for this concept as it could be used for many
other interface tasks."
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