Lyouta Koduka has updated Sparta, his particle-sculpting tool, to support point cloud data in PLY format. The functionality, added as part of the software’s 0.36 update, should help users to manipulate 3D scan data.
Sparta, which Koduka pitches as the ‘ZBrush of particle animation’, is also intended for sculpting particle data manually, using a pen-based interface, to fix errors or art direct simulations.
The software supports RealFlow’s .bin format, which acts as a bridge to 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage et al; and works all the standard commercial 3D packages, plus Blender, Nuke, Krakatoa and thinkingParticles.
Pricing and availability
Sparta 0.36 can be downloaded for free for 64-bit Windows XP, Vista or 7. You can also buy a one-year Sparta Basic licence for $500, which lets you import geometry and camera data in FBX format; or a one-year Pro licence for $2,000, which also gives you priority technical support. Obviously, both help fund future development too.
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