The mainstream of animation is fast moving away from traditional cartoons to 3D graphics. This program provides a shortcut into the complex world of 3D character modeling, providing a set of starter models, textures, movie sets, and scenes that can be combined to form the foundation of an animated video.
The basic figure created through this piecework process can be controlled by mouse clicks, and given motion and personality. Different pieces of the body can be duplicated and reattached to form unique characters. We found a few quirks in the animation templates--the female figure looks much younger than the male counterpart, for example.
The program takes some time and study to master, with an extraordinarily broad set of features, and a minimal help file. Nevertheless, we would highly recommend it to beginners in the complicated field of computer animation.
Build and animate 3D models, teach them behaviors then form 3D movie scenes that can be saved in QuickTime, AVI, or Animated GIF format. Animoids is integrated with an online database of 3D art with hundreds of free downloadable artworks: including sounds, textures, models, behaviors, movie sets and movie scenes. It's easy to cut and paste between models, use easy tools for stretching, shaping, coloring or texturing your model, or work at the most detailed level by editing individual node points.
Building a 3D movie is hard work--see if you've got what it takes. Features: more undo/redo control; improved transform options; improved reliability with Windows Me. Version 2.2.10 DL is a minor upgrade that fixes a potential bug related to software expiration.