Mixamo has updated its online character creation, rigging and animation service, offering a streamlined UI, WebGL viewer, improved search capabilities, expanded animation packs, etc. More on Mixamo's website.
The Blender Foundation has disclosed some of the features that will be available in the next release of its open source 3D software, which include improvements to hair dynamics and grease pencil tool, among others. More on Blender.org.
StreetView Grabber is a free tool developed by Albert Bujanovs to extract Google Street View panoramas. More on PureBasic's forum. (Note: Google's permission guidelines exclude commercial use of its Street View images)
The Captury has released Captury Studio, a markerless motion capture system that allows to record motion data of humans and animals. It can use any kind of camera (doesn't need a Kinect or Sony PS3 Eye), processes
video with varying illumination, works in all kinds of environments, tracks multiple actors and provides several tools for handling difficult footage. Captury Studio is available in Basic and Ultimate editions using rental licensing at a price of 1999 € and 4999 € respectively. More on The Captury's website.
Gemany-based Vizoo announced the release of Xtex, a scanner and software combination for capturing materials and creating physically-based maps. Vizoo is selling the hardware separately from the software, with the later being offered through a rental plan (which poses an obvious question: what use is the hardware if the software stops being rented?). More on Vizoo's website.