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Saturday, February 13, 2010

mbFeatherTools 2.0 for Softimage (XSI)


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+ mbFeatherTools is a production proven plugin for Autodesk Softimage (formerly SoftimageXSI) which features styling, animation and simulation of bird feathers. While the primary focus of this tool is indeed feathers, it is also beneficial for all kinds of tasks: Leafs on a tree, spines of a hedgehog or clammy fur, to name a few. Since mbFeatherTools makes use of the multi-threaded ICE platform, you will experience dramatic performance gains on multi-core machines.
Features:
- Quick setup with a single button
- Unlimited amount of styling controls
- Styling is saved per vertex (CAV map)
- Works on any polygon mesh
- Automated creation and attachment of control objects to the animated mesh
- 3 different distribution methods:Random, Per Poly, Shrinkwrap
- Shrinkwrap placement allows exact positioning of each single feather
- Realtime playback of the simulation with direct response to user's actions
- Customizable and extendible with the ICE tree
- Color can be controlled with a Texture Map
- "Goal" controls allow easy animation of folding wing feathers
- Symmetric styling and animation
- Global feather alignment
- Soft collisions New in 2.0:
- Plane-to-Plane Intercollision (also referred to as Self-Collision)
- Realistic wind resistance
- Uniform Distance Constraint
- Intercollision options inside setup node to reduce initial intersections
- Stiff Spring option for faster previews and animation

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