Unity Multipurpose Avatar System, or UMA for short, is a free character creation and runtime modification system. UMA was designed with flexibility in mind, so although it’s primary purpose is for working with humanoid characters, its systems can be adapted to work with any model.
Download UMA from Github
Reallusion’s update to Character Creator promises professional features in a new stand-alone app. Weight-painting, mesh-merging, decimation and texture-atlas are just a few of the announced features.
Perhaps the most anticipated announcement is the price, which Reallusion has announced at a very unlikely $527 which includes the Pipeline plugin to escape Reallusion’s iClone ecosystem, and export licenses for the initial figure content. Naturally at Reallusion that is just the ticket price as routine discounts will almost always bring the price significantly lower.
Additional fees for animations and add-on content packs are implied, but more will be revealed when the software is released in September. WINDOWS ONLY
Inky the stand-alone editor for writing interactive Ink stories gets some polish that adds a few bells and whistles to the web exporter, including a tag for inserting images, clearing the screen, restarting the story, and a dark theme.
A shiny rewrite of the “Getting Started” tutorial shows off the new export-for-web features and aims to get budding interactive writers in shipshape for the upcoming Ink Jam 2018 on itch.io August 30th – September 3rd.
The Ink Unity Integration plugin was updated on July 30th, bringing both up-to-date with Ink 0.8.2.
An unofficial port of the Ink Integration Plugin for Unreal is on Github. Further digging will find Python and a few other ports.
Bforartists stands for Be For Artists. A reminder to develop for the user, not the programmer.
Bforartists 1.0 is a fork of the open source 3d software Blender, with the full feature set of Blender 2.8 being represented by icons and a GUI interface, including some 90-odd commands that were previously key-stroke only.
Other interface quirks of Blender – like right-click to select and 4-finger keystrokes, are now more accessible to the casual user and indie artist who must be a jack of all trades.
BforArtist is available for Windows and osX (unbuilt Unix version is available on github)
Helsinki-based Next Games has released ARKit Animation Tool as a free asset for Unity. It records facial blendshapes from the iPhoneX face scanner into Unity editor through Apple’s ARKit.
ARKit Animation Tool on the Asset Store