New Plug-in Coming Soon: AM_Ribbon

Things have been unusually hectic so far this year, and with GDC on the horizon it’s not looking to be much clearer for awhile. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t found a way to make all of my different obligations overlap in some ways! I’ve been working a little bit as a consultant over the last few months to help out Infinite Ammo with an upcoming title: Marian.

During the course of my work on the project, I developed a new Python plug-in for Maya to help out with hair modeling. I will hopefully have a chance to deploy a new version of my free Python package soon that will include it, but in the meantime I thought I might share this video that Alec posted up on the IA website where I show what the plug-in does. Hopefully some other folks out there will find it useful too!

Maya Python – The Book

Well we have finally wrapped up development on Touch KO! The last few weeks have been hectic as we had some last-minute requirements sort of indirectly imposed on us by Apple, but everything is wrapped up and sent off to Chillingo.

One of my next projects is a book on the Maya Python API for Morgan Kaufmann (publisher of David Gould’s Complete Maya Programming texts). Ryan Trowbridge and I will be working on this together over the next year, so it is sure to be fun and exciting. We have a pretty comprehensive plan for what the book will cover, but please do feel free to contact either of us if there are specific things you would like to see!

In other news, Crane Wars, the newest Blurst game, was released a couple weeks ago. Among other things, I focused primarily on the characters in it. I did a post awhile ago that showed the facial rigs I created for them. Go play it now!

Crane Wars logo

More TKO Work

This last week the game has really made some pretty dramatic changes! In addition to getting more of Michael’s graphic design work in place, we have lighting working on the characters now! This is actually a really taxing process for a platform like the iPhone (not the rendering so much as skinning something with normals). That’s why you see so many games with unlighted characters. However, thanks to the genius of Renaldas Zioma and the rest of the iPhone team over at Unity Technologies, we’ve gotten some massive engine performance increases. One of these is assembly-level skinning using the ARM’s VFP coprocessor. Anyway, I’ll stop ranting and just let you take a look at the screenshots!

Touch KO Menu
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