Unity Technologies announced the release of the latest version of its cross-platform game creation system, which incorporates various improvements, including Unity UI, a new system for easy creation of user interfaces. More on Unity Technologies' website.
Tokyo-based OLM Digital are sharing for free some of the tools they developed for After Effects, Photoshop and Maya, including Smoothing Without Blurring and OLM Color Key. More on OLM Digital R&D's site. (Registration required)
CG dinosaurs will roam the Earth once again. A trailer for the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series, which originally got many people interested in working in the CG field, is now available. Once again Steven Spielberg and ILM are involved. The film is being directed by Colin Trevorrow. Watch the trailer on YouTube.
Character TD Ahmed Shalaby has posted two videos demoing his upcoming free character rig for 3DS Max, showing body and facial animation features. A Maya version of the rig is in the works. More on Ahmed Shalaby's website.
A collaboration between AXYZ design and Chaos Group gives SketchUp and Rhino users access to the Metropoly ready-posed 3D character models. This allows artists to incorporate characters into scenes with the following benefits: (more...)