Caligari Announces Style-based Character Animation in trueSpace 7.5

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Features new character animation, modeling, rendering and collaborative tools and a simplified UI

Last Updated: October 17, 2006 7:17 pm GMT
(October17th, 2006 -- Mountain View, CA.) Caligari Corporation, an award-winning producer of 3D modeling and animation software, today announced version 7.5 of trueSpace, the industry’s first 3D software application to feature real-time collaborative authoring technology.

The new release, which will become available in Q4 2006, will feature a number of significant enhancements including brand new character animation, modeling, rendering and collaborative tools and a simplified UI. trueSpace7.5 is the only 3D authoring product on the market to offer all aspects of real-time design, modeling, animation and rendering within a virtual 3D space shared by remote participants over the broadband internet.

New character animation tools
Version 7.5 will feature a brand new, state of the art character animation subsystem, which takes advantage of the new trueSpace architecture as well as the latest advances in animation research. The new Inverse Kinematics is style based, using empirical databases of motion styles to make manipulation of characters much more natural, while at the same time giving users full access to every single key-framable parameter. Users will also able to freely and seamlessly blend traditional keyframed clips with new procedural and physics based clips to help easily create typically demanding realistic animations such as jumps, falls or crashes.

New modeling tools
New modeling capabilities will include a new set of polygon modeling tools in the Player including a new Material Editor, UV Editor, and a Draw panel with curves. Version 7.5 will also include a redesigned PolyDraw, which can draw on SDS surfaces, advanced snapping and constraints, shrink wrap, and unwrap. True displacement tools will allow users to literally paint new geometry on the existing surface using image brushes.

Enhanced rendering capabilities
New rendering features in trueSpace7.5 will include much anticipated hair and fur shaders. Other new V-Ray features will include solid animation support, such as high quality motion blur, depth of field, post processing, anisotropic reflections, true displacement mapping and more. Users can also expect improvements in the Lightworks rendering tools too.

Collaboration
One of the unique aspects of trueSpace is a complete set of collaborative tools and users can expect significant additions in version 7.5 including private user shared spaces and new integrated communications tools.

UI improvements
And finally, favorite tools from previous versions will be seamlessly converted to the new 7.5 architecture, thereby reducing the need for bridge between the two types of interfaces. Furthermore version 7.5 will feature configurable toolbars and libraries, making the interface more polished and easier to use.

Pricing and availability
TrueSpace 7.5 will be available in Q4 2006 for just $595.00. Free upgrade options will be available to selected existing. For further information on pricing, availability and upgrade options, please visit http://www.caligari.com

About Caligari Corporation
Caligari Corporation was founded in 1986. Over the last 20 years, the company has led the market with major innovations in 3D authoring for interactive graphic design, product design and multimedia. Today, Caligari’s mission is to develop collaborative 3D authoring technology that enables participants to work and learn online. The company's award-winning flagship product, trueSpace, is a 3D modeling and animation program with a novel, direct manipulation interface. The company maintains headquarters at 1959 Landings Drive, Mountain View, California, 94043. For further information, please visit: http://www.caligari.com



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