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Delusion, the 1999 Big Kahuna winner's current project.

FEATURE: Once a Big Kahuna...

3D Magazine’s Big Kahuna Awards (held annually at the 3D Conference & Expo, www.3dshow.com) gets bigger and more exciting every year! As the entries for the Big Kahunas 2000 start to roll in (see www.3Dgate.com for extended deadline info!), we decided to catch up with last year’s Big Kahuna and take a look back at the 3D industry’s premier design and animation contest.

ONLINE AND KICKING: Brilliant Might Be Starting to Shine
by Barrett Fox

Brilliant Digital Entertainment's streaming 3D format appears to be on an upswing. Will they achieve the critical mass needed for a genuine web foothold?

by Swami Rendananda

For your pondering pleasure, our resident online mystic offers some resolutions for the year, the century, and the millennia. 

INDUSTRY NEWS: Be Free through New Technology
by Matthew Hoover
  • BeOS 5.0 is free for noncommercial use
  • Macworld: no new Macs but new peripherals and apps
  • Where to get REM’s models and plug-ins
NEW 3D TOOLS: Model It with NURBS, Polygons, Vectors, and Rhinos!
by Matthew Hoover
  • Paraform 1.5
  • Robert McNeel & Associates Rhino 1.1 and the openNURBS Initiative
  • CoCreate SolidDesigner 2000
  • Ideaworks3D Vecta3D plug-in
  • Digimation Phoenix & Chameleon 3D Studio MAX plug-ins
  • Credo Interactive Active Avatars
  • Jarfish Design ClayScape3D
  • Codenautics Meshwork 1.5.4