Though it's only been a few days, 123D Catch Beta (the software formerly known as Project Photofly) has gotten lots of press.
"Where Catch and Make come in, however, is the ability to push these capabilities to the consumer. With the new software, users will be quite literally able to walk into a museum, take dozens of photos of a statue, then create their own exact scale model at home and print it out - exactly what Christian Pramuk, a technical product manager at Autodesk, did with a statue he saw at the Vatican a few weeks ago..."
"With 123D Catch, Autodesk is betting that because digital cameras are now ubiquitous, almost anyone should be able to produce a workable 3D digital model."
"Well, recently I've discovered a brand new technology - Project Photofly from Autodesk Labs - that allows me to realize the dream that Photosynth first hinted at."
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"One of them, dubbed 123D Catch, will allow users to create 3-D models of objects using photographs taken from a digital camera or even a camera phone."
"They'll be able to bypass the daunting task of learning and mastering a 3D modeling program."
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"123D Catch makes it easier to capture the shape of a part that needs to be replicated so that design can be fine-tuned before it goes to manufacture."
"In theory, the user, armed with a newly created 3D model can take their creation to the TechShop and make it themselves."
"Capturing your own personal avatar or favorite vacation scenes in 3D is now both possible and easy."
"Being part of the 123D platform means that the application will remain free and continue to be accessible by everyone. It also means that the integration with the 123D platform will make it easy for anyone to 'photo-model' almost anything, and bring it into the rest of the 123D products to modify and ultimately have the product printed within the 123D service."
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"For those familiar with using Microsoft's Photosynth to create a walk-around image of an object, the process should be quite familiar."
"I'm sure as I play with the software I'll learn (although I'd love to have some help from Autodesk in the form of more detailed instructions) what it needs in the way of picture quality and brightness as well as how to capture the maximum detail."
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Inkless printing presses are alive in the lab.