people for people reviews and announcements: 1993 - 1996
people for people diskettes 1994 .dwg for AutoCAD and AccuRender
" That the world suffers from overpopulation has long been recognised.
By way of contrast, the lack of humanity in rendered 3D computer models
gives credence to the view that Computer Aided Design generates empty,
sterile boxes fit only for binary driven robots; a world from our own.
People for people, a new block library from California goes a long way
to redressing the balance.
"All software has character. Programs can be mindblowingly powerful
and introduce new concepts or ways of working. Others may be dull but
utilitarian, doing an essential job that noone wants to do. People for
People is neither. Filling an essential hole in 3D architectural modelling,
it does so with a style and joy in both execution and end-result. People
for People is best described as a model library with attitude.
" It is worth making the distinction between realism of computer effects
so masterfully demonstrated in films like Terminator 2, and the sort of
situation in which People for People will find themselves.
"The beauty of People for People, is that it allows a scene to be
populated with a multitude of different figures who satisfy the need for
human hustle and bustle, and yet, on another level, signal to the viewer
that it is indeed a computer generated model which is being viewed.
Effectively this allows a scene to convey a particular presence or feel
with a much lesser degree of detail. People for People add a style of their own.
"So where's the hitch? Is there a huge memory penalty to be paid
or many hours spent editing and inserting? Fortunately not. People for People
is both easy to use and easy on memory. This allows a fair amount of
indulgence on the part of the user, particularly if duplicate block
references are used. Although primarily intended as a background filler,
People for People is easily personalised with each main element of clothing
or anatomy; hair, head, shirt, etc., ready for editing by layer. Generally
there should be little neeed for this, as with the full set of people for
people comprising 72 models, the user is spoilt for choice.
"All in all, People for People would be a welcome addition on any
3D modeller's hard disk. The pizzazz they can give to architectural models
is only matched by the rather groovy but very useful included manuals."
Excerpts and images courtesy of CADdesk Magazine, EDA Ltd., Copyright © 1994 Electronic Design Automation, Ltd.
renderings by Jim/Caddesk
CADdesk Magazine in the UK covered 3D for many years, presenting information, images and professional portfolios.
Caddesk Editor Martyn Day presented the development of Inside AutoCAD rendering since its beginnings
with RenderStar (Dr. Laurence Lapre), McNeel AccuRender (Roy Hirshkowitz), Autodesk AutoVision,
and was an early, high end graphics board test driver and benchmarker.