Animated mech imported from Google 3D Warehouse

April 30, 2008

Here’s a very cool video of a mech model that was imported from the Google 3d Warehouse then animated in Antics…

Just goes to show how valuable the Warehouse import feature is that you can grab models like that completely free and drop them into your scene.

Keep an eye on the SketchUp Tips & Tricks section on our forum, a how-to explaining how the mech was animated will be posted there soon.

Update: The how-to is now available.

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Google SketchUp Tips & Tricks

April 28, 2008

If you’ve upgraded to Antics V3.1 then you will be getting familiar with the new native Google SketchUp and Google 3D Warehouse import features. If you haven’t already, have a look at the new Google SketchUp Tips & Tricks section in the forum.

Many of you will want to take advantage of the ability to import .skp content from the massive Google 3d Warehouse (available from File > Google 3d Warehouse in Antics), but keep in mind that most of these tricks are relevant to models imported from the .3ds and .fbx format, as well.

Some examples of crossover tricks:

How to find imported models

Enabling imported sets for intelligent character interaction

Configuring imported surfaces for pick up/put down functionality

Edit the pivot of imported props to ensure proper movement

Picking up/Putting Down imported props

Using the direct tool to give imported models a path

Interacting with imported doors

Interacting with imported chairs

How to Animate imported mechs (robots) and other bipeds


Antics V3.1 now available!

April 17, 2008

We’re pleased to announce that Antics V3.1 is now available to download!

The big news in V3.1 is that we’ve added the ability to import Google SketchUp models. You could already import .3ds, .bvh and .fbx files, but now a massive amount of SketchUp modeled content is available to you.

To make things even easier, we have seamlessly integrated Google 3D Warehouse to allow you to easily download your pick of thousands of free models and drop them straight into your Antics set.

Watch this short video to find out more about V3.1. and how easy it is to bring SketchUp models into your workflow.

If you’re already using Antics V3 then the good news is that you can upgrade to V3.1 with a simple, free, patch. Our support team will be in touch with you by email very soon giving you details of where you can find the patch and how to install it.

If you’re not already using Antics, or have a version prior to V3, then take this opportunity to download our FREE, fully featured, BasePack. Alternatively go for the content rich ProPack with additional support levels and 3DS Max importer for a discounted price.
Choose the package that suits you over in our store.

Many thanks to everyone in the growing Antics community. You’ve given us great feedback, and some great videos, since we launched V3 which have helped us shape V3.1. Keep the feedback coming, we love to hear from you!