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Autodesk releases 123D Sculpt+ for iOS and Android

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Autodesk has released 123D Sculpt+, a new digital sculpting app for iOS and Android devices that replaces the company’s old 123D Sculpt and 123D Creature apps.

(The app is officially described as version 2.0 of 123D Creature, but it uses a recolorised version of the 123D Sculpt logo, so it seems fair to assume that it’s intended as a replacement for both.)

A complete basic mobile sculpting and painting tool
Like 123D Creature, 123D Sculpt+ enables users of mobile devices to sculpt, texture and pose simple digital models, then export them to other software as OBJ files, or order 3D prints through in-app purchases.

It won’t replace your desktop software, but it does include enough functionality to work on the move, then export and refine your sculpt later, and unlike the original 123D Creature it’s free for non-commercial use.

Updated: To use Autodesk’s 123D apps for commercial work, you need a Premium account, costing $9.99/month or $99.99/year.

New pose tool and more realistic materials
New features this time round include a new pose tool, which augments the existing skeleton creation system, plus a range of readymade base shapes and skeletons from which to work.

There are also a range of “photorealistic materials” – or at least, judging by the screenshots we’ve seen, more realistic materials: the specularity looks rather high, particularly for organic characters.

Texture painting has also been improved, with a set of new brushes and a persistent colour picker, including a scrollable library of favourites and presets; and the backgrounds and light rigs have been updated.

The app also includes a set of photo filters for stylising images of your models, brought in the Pixlr family of image-editing web apps, which Autodesk acquired in 2011.

Pricing and availability
123D Sculpt+ is available now for iOS7 and above and Android 4.2 and above. It’s free for non-commercial use.

Read more about 123D Sculpt+ on the product website

Download 123D Sculpt+ for iOS from the iTunes App store

Download 123D Sculpt+ for Android from Google Play

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