Download vZome 7.0
vZome 7.0 represents a quantum leap in graphics performance. We have completely redesigned the 3D rendering, discarding a 15-year-old graphics library in the process. This has enabled us to work "close to the metal", using your graphics card as effectively as possible. You'll find you can build bigger models, and work with them more smoothly. We can render at the resolution of modern displays, so your vZome experience will be much more visually appealing.
Functionally, vZome 7.0 is really no different from vZome 6.0, though there are a few effects that have not been implemented yet in 7.0:
- Correct lighting of panels
- Show Panel Normals
- Show Frame Labels
We have added one new feature: dragging the trackball in the upper right gives you finer control over the view angle than dragging in the main view.
We will be working quickly to complete the features above, but meanwhile you can confidently use vZome 7.0 and enjoy the new graphics. Any file you create will open in vZome 7.0 or vZome 6.0, until we start adding new commands and tools in vZome 7.0.
The link above downloads a ZIP file containing a Mac OS X application. The application is not signed, which means you'll need to use a special gesture to launch it. Hold down the control key and right-click the app to bring up the contextual menu, then select "open" to launch. You'll see a security warning, but you should get the option to launch vZome anyway. This special gesture should only be necessary on the first launch.
The link above downloads a ZIP archive containing all of the components of vZome. The ZIP archive can be extracted wherever you like. Unzipping it generates a set of folders which are organized as shown below, with the # being replaced by the actual release number.
..vZome-Windows-x64-7.0.# ....+- vZome-Windows-x64-7.0.# ........+- jre ........+- lib ........+- vZome-Windows-x64-7.0.#.exe
These folders exist because the three parts must stay together. The “lib” folder contains all the Java code (as JAR files) for vZome, and the “jre” folder contains the proper bundled Java runtime environment. The executable combines them when you launch it.
After extracting the ZIP archive, locate and run vZome-Windows-x64-7.0.#.exe. Since vZome is not signed, the first time a newly downloaded version is run, Windows will normally prompt you to relax some security restrictions allowing it to "run anyway". Subsequent runs will not generate the security prompt.
A desktop shortcut can optionally be created to run the vZome executable.
For Linux, there is no desktop integration available, and no self-contained application packaging. Instead, the archive linked above contains a collection of JAR files and a shell script to execute them. To make use of these, you must have a Java runtime installed, and you must be comfortable with the command line. See this blog post for details.