Originally posted on 4 January: scroll down for updates.
XrayUnwrap and XrayBlendSkin creator Raylight has announced XrayCat Survival Toolkit (or ‘CAT ST’ for short): a new plugin designed to speed up workflow in 3ds Max’s CAT character animation system.
Extending CAT’s native tools
The tool adds shortcuts for the most common tasks when setting up a rig, plus new Layer and Clip Managers – the latter useful for backing up CAT layers and applying them to a new rig.
There is also a new Pose Manager (shown above), which enables users to “copy and paste poses [in Animation Mode], mirror the rig, [and] swap arms, hands, legs and feet with only one mouse click.”
Autodesk’s new ReCap product line in action. Announced earlier this week, ReCap Studio and ReCap Photo recreate 3D environments from scan data and on-site photos.
Autodesk has announced ReCap Studio and ReCap Photo, a pair of new tools aimed at recreating 3D environments from laser scan data and on-site photography.
ReCap Studio handles data preparation, enabling users to import, organise and clean data ranging from “non-intelligent, black-and-white sparse point clouds” to 3D models. The software is currently available for free
‘Streamlined and scalable’
According to the press blurb: “ReCap is the first industry solution to bring together laser scanning and photogrammetry into one streamlined process.”
Knald Technologies has released an open beta of Knald, an interesting new map-generation tool it describes as “the world’s first GPU-powered solution for generating ‘bake quality’ textures from any 2D source image”.
The software generates the usual range of maps, including normal, AO, concavity, convexity and displacement, from photographic images – and being based around OpenCL, it works with any graphics card.
According to the developer: “Knald can generate [such] maps in around five seconds on a mid-level Nvidia [GeForce GTX] 560 Ti. When loading a height map directly, all other maps are generated instantly.”