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Swivel 3D

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (39.09 MB)
MD5: 9e79a928f8df066cca23678424b01224
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: Mini vMac

Swivel 3D is a drawing/modeling program for the Mac. Create solid objects, then reshape, rotate, join and animate them. Create shadows or project clipboard graphics onto your object. Frames can be saved as full-color Scrapbook pages which you may later import into e.g. Videoworks II.

Swivel 3D renders fully shaded solid objects at a surprisingly decent speed on 80s Macintosh systems like the Mac SE or the Mac II. That's very cool, but it also had its price (395$) when released in late 1988.

Anyone who has a more complete or later revision of this software, please let us know on this page.

See also: Swivel Art

Architecture: 68k


n1ckfg's picture
by n1ckfg - 2019, October 3 - 7:01pm

Do you know where I can find the command set documentation? Got a 1995 Swivel 2 file that I would love to be able to export with the demo version.

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by MikeTomTom - 2013, June 2 - 2:00am

Hi Snowybear. If you are able to make Disk Copy 4.2 disk images of the floppies and compressed as ".sit" with Stuffit, this would be great. Please upload them to this page. Other disk image formats are acceptable for Mac floppy disks (we'll take what we can get), but DC 4.2 is preferred.

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by Snowybear - 2013, June 2 - 1:15am

Whilst Rummaging through the disks at the museum, I came across a copy of the original disks. The version I have is a full copy of Swivel 3D Professional 1.5.73L, copyrighted Aug 20 1990. I have made a copy of the disk images and can email them. It is only 6.8 Meg so not a problem. It requires a more that 4Meg to work, so would be needed on an SE/30 or higher, although the info on the app states that it is a Large Zbuffer, Mac II only version. Are you still after a copy?

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by ziltch - 2013, February 26 - 11:21pm

I have a copy of Swivel Pro 2.0.4 Demo on my emulator (SheepShaver) but I am not very computer savvy so I don't really know how to give you people a copy of it.

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by ziltch - 2013, February 26 - 5:54pm

How to Save in Swivel Pro 2.0.4 Demo
How to Save in Swivel Pro 2.0.4 Demo
Because this version of Swivel Pro is a DEMO you are not allowed to save the results of your work.
To get around the disabled save feature you will have to use what is called a Command Script.
You will have to command the Swivel program to save the results of your work.
How this is done is explained below.
First you must create a Text File which will contain a Command that tells Swivel to save the results of your work.
The Command is - SaveAsWorld Untitled1
SaveAsWorld is the Command to save your work.
Untitled1 is the Filename that will be assigned to your saved work.
Open a new blank document using Simpletext and Type in SaveAsWorld Untitled1 (Leave a space between SaveAsWorld and Untitled1).
You then save this Text File assigning a Filename of Save 1.cmd to it.
The .cmd at the end of the filename informs Swivel that this a script file that contains a Swivel Command.
After opening Swivel Pro and creating a project, it will be time to save it.
To save It first select File then select Open Command File instead of Save or Save As.
Within the window that comes up select the text file that you created with the name Save 1.cmd
After you have selected and opened it your work will have be saved with the name Untitled1.
After that you change the name Untitled1 to what ever name you want.
You just keep on using this same command script each time you want to save your work as long as you remember to change the name of the previously saved file having that same name.

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by MCP - 2011, August 29 - 12:36am

A generous donor sent this to me; scans of all the docs are included (what's uploaded separately as the "manual" is just some ad literature I found on the web) in the archive along with all the files I could recover from the mostly unreadable disks. One of the application versions recovered will work with Mini vMac, as you can see from the screenshots.