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Category: FREE

Free Software of the Day – Miarmy Crowd Simulation

Get to play god with this 3delight supported crowd simulation plugin. The Miarmy Express package is limited to 100 characters – but you can still cause trouble right? More info, demo vids and download at http://www.basefount.com/miarmy Miarmy (named “My Army”) is a Maya plugin for crowd simulation, AI, behavioral animation, creature physical simulation and rendering.…

OpenEXR v2.0.0 Released

Hi All, Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 OpenEXR v2.0.0 has been released and is available for download. The release includes a number of new features that align with the major version number increase. Amongst the major improvements are: Deep Data support – Pixels can now store a variable-length list of samples. The main rationale behind deep…

Inspiration of the day

Back in the 80s there was a arcade game called “Dragons Lair” that had zero true game play but looked gorgeous and was a true coin eater. It was the first interactive animated video game for laser disc arcade games. It wasn’t long till Laser disc was to join all the other defunct formats!

Animation legend Don Bluth was involved in the making of Dragons Lair along with many other productions. Don Bluth has generously donated production artwork (1979 to 2000) to SCAD. They’ve made a start to uploading but as they say on the site “Though the processing of the collection will continue for many years, materials already processed are available to researchers now”

There are cels, animation drawings, storyboards, color models, and other materials created by Don Bluth and associated production companies.

The question is when are Disney and the ARL: Animation Research Library going to join the fun and put their archive online. Now that would be the mother lode. Though I guess while they’ve got the IP for all those “making of” art books – which I’m a sucker for – they won’t have much motivation.

Free Stuff of the day

Rhonda 3d Drawing It’s been out for an age (2003) but it’s the first time I’ve seen it . Get over to www.rhondaforever.com for this awesome 3d drawing tool. Alpha Release of Partio4Maya Get in early on this early pre-beta release of software thats part of the Open source PartIO project from Disney. Video, info…

The Lollipop Shaders Book

To quote the site “The Lollipop Shaders Book contains the complete library of shaders including: hi-resolution renders, full source code, tutorials, and documentation” No expected price guide at the moment, but you can download some freebies and watch some clips http//www.lollipopshaders.com/