Here is a selection of the comments and commendations that Themekit have received.
These commendations recommend not only the MindRender
VR Explorer Kit product but also the
excellent Technical Support and professional attitude of the entire Themekit Team.
"I like the way VREK is organized. There are many possibilities.
The student has opportunities to learn a great deal about shapes,
coordinates, and other mathematically-related topics. VREK allows the
user to explore and construct their own learning. This is a very useful
tool for those following the constructivism theory of learning."
- Dr. Veronica Pantelidis, Co-Director,
Virtual Reality and Education Laboratory (VREL)
East Carolina University
"Themekit, as a company, has succeeded to make one
of the most impressive and cost effective
solutions to real-time VR environment generation that I have seen. Their suite of software
tools enables both expert and novice to produce effective and interesting VR environments
with ease and efficiency.
It has that rare quality of being able to show, in simple terms, some of the most complicated
aspects of computer generated real-time worlds. With its extensive bank of samples and tutorials,
one can grasp all of the major concepts behind VR and, as a creation tool, has a level of
sophistication usually only seen on professional high-end software. I give it 9 out of 10."
- Sean Varney, VR Artist and industry commentator, October 1997
"...the 'new guys on the block', like ThemeKit, can
produce software/kits as good as very
expensive ones (ie Superscape or Sense8) and for a fraction of the
price. Not only that, but these new kits can be used with a wider
variety of interfaces and are being updated in a constant way in order
to take into consideration the new VR/E technology that is coming out
almost every month. Could it be that nowadays VR/E needs these 'guys'
which are small, slim and attentive rather than big, fat and
friendless 'fat cats' companies?"
- Extract from a recent posting to a major VR newsgroup.
" I have been using Mindformer from Themekit for
the last 6 months and I
can honestly say this is the most revolutionary piece of software I have
seen in a long, long time. Revolutionary because it puts the power back
where it belongs.... with users. In todays world of (overly)
user-friendly software, Mindformer offers 3D modelers low-level commands
and functions long since disappeared from other products. Mindformer
skillfully blends the tradional menu interface with GUI elements,
picking the best way to implement a given feature instead of forcing
every function into a particular platform's style (and quirks!).
"As a game developer we were constantly frustrated by the lack of control
over how our models were constructed and textured until we discovered
Mindormer. Mindformer delivers what game developers need in terms of
vertice, polygon and object manipulation, and couples that with texture
mapping power not found in any product at any price.
"In terms of support, I can say honestly I have never seen such
commitment and dedication to providing customers with help, assistance,
and enhancements driven by customer requirements.
"My only complaints about Mindformer may actually be a compliment. It is
such a powerful tool, it is sometimes hard to know how to do something
or even the best way to do a particular operation since there is often
more than one way. I would like to see the documentation enhanced to
include examples of how certain functions might be used, as well as
technical descriptions of what an operation will do to provide
understanding as to how it works. I would also like to see training
videos covering basic use to advanced topics to help get more out of the
product as well."
- Brett Bibby, Creative Talents
Game Development Company
"...VREK has gained quite a following, and Themekit has achieved a remarkably
high international profile for so small a company."
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