Canoma & Atmosphere
Art & Perspective
Virtual Towns & Urban Planning
A recent crash wiped out the forum. Sorry.
is Mac/Win software that allows fast creation of photorealistic
3D models from one or more photographs. The models are geometrically
very simple, and their purpose is not to replace any CAD or detailed
3D model, but to augment it, for example with realistic 3D context
or to allow very fast 3D prototyping.
It was originally sold by Metacreations, which has since divested
all its shrink wrap software business. Canoma was acquired
by Adobe, Inc. For inquiries about the future status or
availability of Canoma, you may contact
Canoma" - Image by Don
neither Adobe nor Metacreations are selling Canoma or offering technical
support. Hopefully these pages will provide a little background to
those interested and some help for previous purchasers of the software.
This is an independent effort, not affiliated with either Adobe or
Metacreations. I do not have Canoma copies for sale, but you can try
finding one at ebay
or see the news section below for a reseller who still has copies.
If you own
Canoma 1.0, you can get a free patch to upgrade to 1.0.1 (mac/win)
- for both Mac and Windows. You can also look at the 1.0.1
Release Notes. If
you have any questions, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
new utility from expert user BobMax: have you ever wanted to take
an existing 3D model and load it into Canoma so you can apply
realistic textures from a photograph ? That is exactly what ExportToCanoma
does. Best of all ? BobMax is providing this to you free !
new message board for Canoma
is up and running - check it out please. Future news and announcements
will appear there rather than here. And of course, YOU can add content
to that site. This site will stay around for existing media, tutorials
Canoma still available (well, some copies at least)
I keep getting inquiries about copies of Canoma, demo versions
etc. More so recently, I don't know why. In any case, a Spanish
reseller still has a bunch of Canoma copies for sale, at a very
reduced price. These are English versions, for Mac and PC. Here
is the text of an email from Ignasi Riera at 4bytes.com:
is 269 $US dollars plus post&pack (post and pack from spain
is expensive a lot of USA clients send us UPS to take the packet
from our office).
This is the link to our English
VISA and Mastercard is well to pay but we accept wire fund transfer
(in the same page at end of the order process). Orders can come
from mail or fax to me: email@example.com with name, address,
mail, and payment type. Then I contact with the client and ask
for Credit card data or other via mail. Our Fax is: +34 93 439
Adobe has recently released Adobe
Elements, "Son of Photoshop". A friend of ours
has written the software for stitching together images which is
now part of Elements. You can create very wide angle synthetic
photographs with this technique which can then be fed to Canoma.
This will result in faster and more accurate modeling than with
seperate images. Click on the thumbnail below to see large
scale versions of the images as well as a finished Canoma model
of downtown Palo Alto, generated with several stitched images.
By chance I just noticed that there are still some Canoma
pages up at a long forgotten Metacreations server (thank
you Google). There you can find a
section from the manual that is a Canoma tutorial
(which was for use with the free downloadable demo which I cannot
find on their site any more)
study of Canoma at work for a downtown Phoenix, AZ
some animated gifs that were used in advertising
an early concept art for the Canoma box (can you guess the codename
a couple of screenshots
from version 2 - which was work in progress when Metacreations
shut down. Connoisseurs will see an important new capability demonstrated
in these: Cylinders (there was a lot more of course, but these
are two screenshots that survived).
Dutch Canoma modelers
heard from a Dutch company - WebTags - that creates 3D models
from Aerial Photography using Canoma. Their site is in Dutch,
but just follow the picture links from their example
page. They also have an interesting idea about combining
panorama images and a 3D model (see their Haagse
redid the canoma.com front page to allow for more regular news
updated many broken links and added new ones to most sections below.
Please let me know
if something is still wrong or you have a link to useful information
that I should add.