We have long been preparing it, long been pondering it, and finally we're ready
and happy to make the official announcement:
Ca3D-Engine is renamed to Cafu
The name Ca3D-Engine
, as well as its frequently used short
, has been used for the project almost since
its invention many years ago.
However, it turned out that this name - a mix of capital and lowercase letters
as well as a mix of letters and digits - also confused many people:
Is the proper name with right spelling Ca3DE or Ca3D-Engine? or
What is the relation to CAD?
It's difficult to speak (in any language), write and
Well, you can probably imagine how difficult it is to find a new name for a
project as large as this, a name that meets all our requirements: short,
concise and timeless; somewhat fashionable, easy to speak in most languages,
easy to write and to type, easy to remember; compatible with the old name
(keeping some continuity); well suited for program and website logos, program
names, etc. Oh, and without dash, with readily available domain names and no
trademark conflicts or collisions with anything else.
We believe that we found the answer to all these issues with the new project
. As Cafu
today does not only
consist of a game engine, but in its entirety also of many tools such as map
compilers, world editors, GUI editors, scripts, code and many other assets, we
now use Cafu
to refer to the project as a whole.
When we talk about specific components of the project, its easy to get more
specific: Cafu maps
, Cafu scripts
(very much like before, but without dash!), and so
on. In fact, as the 3D engine is and stays the center of the project, we
sometimes keep the two words Cafu Engine
together. This is
useful when the whole project is meant, but the thematic focus should also be
communicated, as in the logo of this website.
We hope that you find the new name as much better as we do! The
renaming-related changes cannot all be accomplished in one big step, but have
already begun a while ago (most of the work is finished already) and will
continue as we make new program releases and website updates.
By the way, the new name also helps us with something else:
will become ... oh! wait! This is for the Christmas news!