Friday, February 27th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

AXYZ design releases an(i)ma 1.7.1

An(i)ma in action. Version 1.7 of AXYZ design’s crowd software adds the option to export animations in Collada or MDD format for use in any 3D package, as well as via the existing plugins for 3ds Max and Cinema 4D.

Originally posted on 2 September 2014. Scroll down for updates.

AXYZ design has released an(i)ma 1.7, the latest update to its intuitive crowd animation tool, adding the option to export crowd animations in Collada format for use in any modern 3D package.

Previously, an(i)ma was only compatible with 3ds Max and Cinema 4D, by means of its export plugins.

Simple, drag-and-drop crowd animations
An(i)ma enables users to set up simple crowd animations by defining paths through a scene along which characters can move. The software blends between animation states and handles collisions automatically.

Actors can interact with other characters in the scene, or environment objects like door and stairs.

The software is mainly aimed at architectural visualisation professionals, but has also been licensed by a number of broadcast and visual effects companies, including Fox Networks and Pixomondo.

Updated 10 September 2014: AXYZ design has now posted a full feature list for an(i)ma 1.7 and a demo video.

As well as the option to export skeletal animation data in Collada format, the update adds the option to export animations as MDD and PC2 point cache files. There is also a new Pose Editor.

An(i)ma 1.7 is available now for Windows only and Mac OS X. It costs €349 €249. The connectivity plugins are compatible with 3ds Max 2010 and above and Cinema 4D R13 and above.

Updated 27 February 2015: AXYZ design has released an(i)ma 1.7.1 for OS X, a Mac version of an(i)ma 1.7 for Cinema 4D. It’s a free update from the Mac version of an(i)ma 1.5 or the Windows version of an(i)ma 1.6.

The price of a new licence of the software has also been reduced from €349 to €249 (around $280).

Read more about an(i)ma on AXYZ design’s website

Download the trial version of an(i)ma 1.7