Luxology (http://www.luxology.com), a developer of artist-focused 3D
software, has created a new asset sharing web site
(http://www.luxology.com/asset/.) that serves as a participatory
content-sharing portal and learning resource. Users are now able to
upload and download presets of all kinds as well as exchange
associated usage tips and techniques with other artists.
Introduced concurrently with the recently released modo 401 software,
the custom-developed site provides modo artists with an accessible
online resource for content re-utilization, according to Brad
Peebler, president and co-founder of Luxology. The new asset sharing
Web site is an extension of the streamlined workflow in modo 401 that
facilitates the re-use of assets throughout the content creation
Users can browse through the site’s visual interface to select
presets such as surface materials, 3D meshes, profile curves,
animation assemblies and professionally designed lighting
environments, which can all be utilized in modo 401. Artists and
designers can also upload images and other assets to the site in
order to share them with the rest of the modo community.
To facilitate asset re-use, the site allows searches by category,
popularity or by keyword search. Peeler says the site also offers
artists the opportunity to learn new techniques used by others in the
creation of presets, as well as a way to provide tips on how to use
each asset. For example, when a material preset is uploaded, the
structure and components of the material are automatically displayed
into a form that lets modo users understand how materials will look
and act in modo’s Shader Tree. Users can also accompany their
contributions with text, video and images that explain in detail how
a particular asset can be used.
All 3D software professionals and enthusiasts are encouraged to visit
the asset portal. However, only modo 401 registered users may upload
assets to the site.