Curious Labs has released Shade 7 in the US and Canada.

The product is an all-in-one 3D graphics suite for designers, illustrators and architects.

Shade 7 offers: "Intuitive bezier curve/surface modelling for quick 3D design generation, an integrated set of diverse plug-ins to detail and complete projects, and a global illumination renderer for radiant imagery", the company said.

Additional product feature highlights from the many features of the product include: PoserFusion, a feature which lets users host and playback Poser-generated scenes within Shade; automatic key-frame creation with the capacity to automatically animate objects; Hardware acceleration and OpenGL support; RoomPlanner for prototyping architectural designs; 100 levels of Undo and Redo; Raytracing and more.

Curious Labs chief technical officer Larry Weinberg said: "Shade is a remarkable offering. The images that have been created by Shade artists over the last decade are astounding. Shade's diverse modelling tool set and array of advanced rendering options have spawned a huge creative artists following in Japan."

The product is currently only available in the US and Canada.