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3D Power News | September 15th 2008
20% off the Art & Science of Strata 3D, v.2
Art & Science Special, New StrataCafe Challenge, 2008 Summer Seminar Series Ending
Image created by Trevor Nelson in Strata 3D CX 5.5
20% Off the Art & Science of Strata 3D CX, v.2
As great as Chris Tyler's excellent new video tutorials are, all 43 hours of them, they don't do you much good if you haven't purchased the Art & Science of Strata 3D CX yet. Since we haven't done a user survey in quite some time, and the one for first version of the Art & Science went over so well, we thought we'd give it another shot.

Fill out the linked survey here to get your coupon code for 20% off the DVD bundle, or the individual disks. Don't let this opportunity to pick up the best Strata 3D CX training pass you by.
2008 Summer Seminars Coming to an End
Just a reminder that this Tuesday at 11am MST is the last class in the 2008 Summer Seminar Series. The last class is Chris Tyler's discussion on rendering speed, so make sure you catch it live.

If you're unable to make the class, or if you've missed some of the previous classes in this year's schedule, you can still view the recordings on the Summer Seminar page. We'll see you in class.
New StrataCafe Challenge
It's been a while since the last one, but it seems like I say that every time we run a StrataCafe Challenge. =)

With all the talk about gasoline prices and hybrid vehicles, the goal this time is to create a vehicle that runs on an ecologically friendly fuel source. Become the architect of the next revolution in human propulsion, or simply point out how silly a device powered by Methane might be, it's your call.

Entries will be accepted until Friday, October 3rd. Visit the StrataCafe to learn more about this challenge.
Legacy Upgrades Temporarily Reduced
We kept extending the Legacy Upgrade offer another month, and no matter how many times we did it, we always got a rash of calls as soon as it was over asking if they could still take advantage of the offer.

For the time being, we've simply reduced the cost to upgrade from an older version of Strata 3D to Strata 3D CX 5.5 from $299 to $149. No coupon codes to remember, no deadlines to meet, just a reduced price.

Unfortunately, it's not permanent. Eventually the price of legacy upgrades will be returned to it's $299 price point. So if you are looking to upgrade in the near future, we do ask that you do it sooner rather than later. We've just made it easier to take advantage of.
New Strata Training Class in Kansas City
On October 6-8, WestRim Digital Arts will be holding the DesignMasters Course in Kansas City, taught by veteran Instructor Dave Winslow.  This course is for more experienced Strata 3D users, at the intermediate-to-advanced level.  Topics covered will include: Complex modeling, using sub-division surfaces to create organic shapes, advanced texturing, HDRI and light domes, and achieving realistic results.   Particular emphasis will be placed on workflow efficiency, and getting high-quality results in a production environment.

This course is highly applicable to professional package and display designers, but will also be valuable to graphic artists, illustrators and designers in many other fields.  If you're looking to take your skills to the next level, and need to master the intricacies and many sophisticated tools in Strata 3D CX, this is the course for you.
Deciduous Tree, by Steve Palmer
I'm just using Steve's excellent Deciduous tree to remind you that the season is changing soon, make sure to take a walk and appreciate your neighborhood while it's still green!

Of course, there are also orange trees, red trees and evergreens in the Cafe resources to help you spruce up (snicker) any outdoor scene in Strata 3D CX!
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