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Craft Animations announces free real-time 3D tools

Craft Animations has announced free light
versions of its Craft Director Tools. Created to
introduce users of Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya to
the benefits of Craft Director Tools, Craft
4-Wheeler Free, Craft ObserverCam Free and Craft
Airplane Free all utilize research in advanced
control systems to reduce traditional animation
processes without compromising quality, says
Craft Animations’ co-founder and head of
research, Luigi Tramontana.

Craft’s newest FreeWare additions to Craft Director Tools include:

° Craft 4-Wheeler Free, which is capable of
modifying up to six factors — acceleration, top
speed, steering angle, brake force, suspension
and weight. Craft 4-Wheeler Free provides the
ability to rig and animate any type of
four-wheeled vehicle model.

° Craft ObserverCam Free, which offers the
ability to move in all directions. Craft
ObserverCam Free eases the animation process by
setting up a standard configuration and allowing
users to animate a camera with the help of input
devices.

° Craft Airplane Free, which lets users rig and
animate any type of airplane model, in addition
to the ability to alter the four parameters of
the tool’s configurations — weight, top speed,
elevation speed and turn speed.

Craft 4-Wheeler Free, Craft ObserverCam Free and
Craft Airplane Free may be downloaded via the
Craft freeware site
(http://www.craftanimations.com) and are
available for Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya, Mac
and Windows platforms.

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