Wondered what those ominous promos for Red Giant Software‘s Universe could be? Me too. If the end reveal bears any relation to what this thing is about, I’d say it’s a unified rendering for all Trapcode 3D-ish plug-ins pimped with some new stuff to import real geometries to rival Element 3D. I’m not sure the world actualy needs yet another of those plug-ins, though. Still, I could be totally wrong of course and this actually just be something completely different…
Ever since little Niklas snatched the Pirates of the Carribean DVD while sneaking around my parents’ flat he’s pretty obsessed about Capt. Jack Sparrow (sounds sooo cute when he pronounces it wrongly) and you can’t make him more happy than printing out ships and other clip art stuff he can use for coloring. That made me sit down and sketch out a real big gun or more appropriately a cannon or mortar. And the title? Well, if you ever played Doom you should know what it means… ;-)
Apparently you can’t kill a good thing. Yepp, even after a few months of it being shut down now I still get hits on Mylenium’s Error Code Database. I have also been approached by people who wanted it back, but nothing ever came of it. So here I am and have created a survey to measure how serious people are about bringing it back – or not. If I you have 2 minutes, please add your voice.
The two most awesomest actors on the planet! I never can get enough of that stuff.
…a new one beckons?! I guess we will have to see. Quitting my current job after more than 14 years was no easy decision, but lately things simply got a bit too tense and it’s time to move on and look for something new. The madness of hunting for a new job shall be interesting, especially since in the area where I live the media industry isn’t particularly well developed except for everyone wanting web designers for their online shops and a regional TV station, so I might end up in some other part of the country entirely or even go abroad. Or I could pick up something completely different and work in a different trade. So many possibilities. It’s kinda scary because obviously my health situation may get in the way of some job opportunities, but at the same time I look forward to exploring something new. If you know some good jobs or “know someone who knows someone” that might go looking for a person like me, feel free to drop a line. What I do is what you see on this blog and my stuff site and I guess now would be a good time to finally put together a reel and put up a gallery…
No, not the Borg from Star Trek, but apparently someone at The Foundry thought it might be a good name for bundling up their different programs. If you already own modo or one of the other tools I’d say just wait a while until they may offer matching side-grade combos. Then it will make more sense to get Mari for instance. The Production Collective is definitely not the Nuke X for a dime and a penny I’m still hoping will one day magically fall from the sky, but generally it’s not a bad idea for new users or small studios that just want to add one ore two seats.
It’s been an extremely busy week with 4 separate medical appointments during the last few days and the associated to and from trips, so I didn’t get much done. I dabbled a bit with modo‘s particles and the more i discover some stuff, the more I’m beginning to love it. Based on some stuff I learned to do with Thinking Particles and X-Particles I’m actually always surprised how well I can translate my setups. Some features are still missing, of course, but it’s not that bad at all.
Elsewhere, in the Adobe hive the drones have been instructed by the Borg queen to fix the mess they created for themselves (or public complaints were simply too loud and numerous to ignore) and so there’s the 12.2.1 update for After Effects. Oooh yeah… And they also promise to fix AME and a few other things, but unfortunately that necessitates another update of the Creative Cloud app. Yepp, one more weekend where you might anxiously be sitting in front of the computer, hoping it doesn’t destroy your working other apps and mess up the licensing. If everything goes right, you might then consider playing with Power Sphere to sooth your nerves. Kinda the sphere effect the program should always have had.
If that’s not your thing, you could try your hand at texturing those two critters. The shark is definitely a weirdo with his roll-up teeth and in an odd way looks as creepy as my own crooked drawing from a while ago. Still, free high-quality meshes are always good to have, be it just for toying around with your favorite 3D program to do render tests. Doing a glassy or Jade render with this might be a good change from the Stanford dragon.