Sunday, September 21, 2008

Victoria's freebies

A friend asked me for a list of 3D modeling and animation freeware, so I was searching for the PC versions, when I found DAZ3D... which is the free version of poser:
DAZ Studio is a feature rich 3D figure posing and animation tool that enables users of any skill level to easily create stunning digital imagery. daz 3dWhether you're a 3D newbie or an avid 3D artist, you'll find DAZ Studio is the perfect tool for designing unique digital art and animation with virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, backgrounds and more. DAZ Productions originated as the Poser-production division of Zygote Media Group, Inc., in Provo, Utah where the content included within Poser 3 and 4 was born. After creating the default content for MetaCreations, Daz developed the "Millennium Woman" Victoria and the "Millennium Man" Michael figures. In December of 2000, DAZ branched off from Zygote, and became a freestanding corporation.
One of my favourite freeware suggestions for Roberto was Scratch. It's an interactive content creator for children that uses "script blocks" instead of worrying about writing the scripts. This allows them to create their own games and movies, by creating new content or by "remixing" other people's projects... although not just kids can use it to create games or animations.
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -scratch- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design. Scratch is available free of charge, go to Download. Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Intel Foundation, and MIT Media Lab research consortia.
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