PC Plus readers – Welcome to Antics!

July 10, 2008

PC Plus magazine have just published the second part of their Antics tutorial in their August edition. If you have read the article and are using Antics for the first time then welcome!

Be sure to make use of the many video tutorials and FAQs that are available to make sure you get up to speed with Antics as quickly as possible.

You will no doubt find our community forum of great use. If you have any questions or if you would like some feedback on a work in progress then you can be sure of a warm welcome on the forum. In fact, we would love to see any videos you create in Antics. So if you post one up to our Showcase, it doesn’t matter how short or simple it is, then we will upgrade your forum status to Budding Director!

Don’t worry if you’re not yet ready to create a video, the forum will still be a great help to you. The PC Plus tutorial goes into great detail on the subject of importing content from Google SketchUp and the Google 3D Warehouse. Well, there’s an entire room on the forum dedicated to tips and tricks for importing SketchUp content, including a great tutorial which explains how to animate a custom character.

As I mentioned when the first tutorial was published last month, there is a copy of Antics V3.1 BasePack free on the PC Plus cover disk. All BasePack users are entitled to download our free Starter Content Pack. This contains hundreds of models including characters and a variety of props to get you started.

You can download the pack from our store here. All you need to do to get the pack is register on our community forum, then post in this thread to let us know you want the pack so we can enable the free download for you.

If you have any questions specifically about the PC Plus tutorial, then please post in the dedicated thread here.

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3D World – Movies in Minutes tutorial

June 13, 2008

If you have discovered Antics for the first time having read the great tutorial in the August issue of 3D World magazine then welcome to the Antics community! We hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and have your spitfire looping round Tower Bridge!

You can download the Antics project files used in the tutorial from the 3D World site

Here is the finished article that following the tutorial will produce:

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If you have any questions about the tutorial, or Antics in general, then feel free to post on our forum.

As you’re new to Antics, I can thoroughly recommend our range of video tutorials. They cover every subject in Antics from getting started and building your first set, through importing content and directing your action, right up to rendering out your final movie. Whatever area you’re working on, there’s sure to be a video tutorial to guide you through.

The version of Antics you have installed from the cover disk is our V3.1 BasePack. All BasePack users are entitled to download our free Starter content pack. This contains hundreds of models including characters and a variety of props to get you started.

You can download the pack from our store here. All you need to do to get the pack is register on our community forum, then post in this thread to let us know you want the pack so we can enable the free download for you.


PC Plus readers – new features and free content

June 5, 2008

For those of you that have read the Antics tutorial in this month’s PC Plus magazine, and installed the free copy from the cover disk, there are several new features that we would like to draw your attention to.

The article mentions Antics ability to import .3ds, .fbx and .bvh files, but did you know that Antics V3.1 also enables you to import models from Google SketchUp? So if there’s a model you need you can create it yourself in the free version of SketchUp and import it into your Antics scene.

If you’re not feeling so creative then you can simply browse the thousands of free models on the Google 3D Warehouse. Go to File > Google 3D Warehouse in Antics and search for the models you need, then drop them straight into your Antics scene.

You can then set about animating those models if required. There’s a wealth of how-to’s and tutorials in the Google SketchUp Tips and Tricks section of our forum.

Check out this mech that was imported from SketchUp and animated in Antics:

There’s a step-by-step guide of how that was created over on the forum

As you’re new to Antics, I can thoroughly recommend our range of video tutorials. They cover every subject in Antics from getting started and building your first set, through importing content and directing your action, right up to rendering out your final movie. Whatever area you’re working on, there’s sure to be a video tutorial to guide you through.

Finally, the version of Antics you have installed from the cover disk is our V3.1 BasePack. All BasePack users are entitled to download our free Starter content pack. This contains hundreds of models including characters and a variety of props to get you started, including the doors and windows mentioned in the PC Plus article.

You can download the pack from our store here. All you need to do to get the pack is register on our community forum, then post in this thread to let us know you want the pack so we can enable the free download for you.

If you have any questions you can be sure of a warm welcome on the forum!


New workshop videos

April 20, 2008

If you’re new to Antics, or if you would like a refresher, then check out our latest workshop videos over on our support site.

Each workshop is split into two parts – the first deals with the basics such as set building and character movement, then you move on to more advanced topics such as directing your action.

There’s a millitary scene and a domestic scene which you can download, so you can follow the action you see in the video.