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Rhs_CG
09-24-2006, 04:18 AM
Homepage (http://www.catoolkit.com/home.asp) Press Release (http://softimage.com/about_us/press_room/2006/060922_cat_2_5.aspx)

From the press release:

"23 September 2006 - SOFTIMAGE|CAT v.2.5 Now Available

Free upgrade for CAT v.2.0 users offers 3dsMax artists an enhanced animation workflow

Montreal, Québec – September 22, 2006 – Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc., today announced the worldwide availability of SOFTIMAGE®|CAT™ version 2.5, the popular plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max® software. The SOFTIMAGE|CAT software is a complete character animation system with a unique toolset allows artists to animate quickly in a flexible environment. Part of Avid’s recent asset acquisition of Character Animation Technologies, Ltd., SOFTIMAGE|CAT version 2.5 is the latest update to the newest member of the Softimage suite of character production tools, and is currently deployed in the game development, film and post industries.

“We are very excited to release the latest update to CAT shortly after becoming part of the Softimage family. We remain committed to supporting our customers and developing the technology they have counted on to produce high quality character animation in their Max-based pipelines,” said Philip R. Taylor, CAT product designer for Softimage. “With this release, our customers will also benefit from the knowledgeable support teams at Softimage, and have access to richer documentation resources on the new CAT Wiki.”'

SheepFactory
09-24-2006, 05:13 AM
I cant wait to see what xsi 6 will look like. CAT has some amazing animation tools I would love to see in XSI.

darthviper107
09-24-2006, 05:17 AM
Whatever happened to CATmuscle?

I'm really interested in switching to CAT but having the muscles possibility would be a big influence in getting it.

SoLiTuDe
09-24-2006, 05:26 AM
Whatever happened to CATmuscle?

I'm really interested in switching to CAT but having the muscles possibility would be a big influence in getting it.


afaik it's probably still under dev: http://www.catoolkit.com/products/CATMuscle/default.asp still exists, but also I think it's going to be sold separately anyway: "CATMuscles link to any 3ds max object which means that you can use them with Bipeds, custom rigs and of course CATRigs."

tredeger
09-24-2006, 11:30 AM
Whatever happened to CATmuscle?

I'm really interested in switching to CAT but having the muscles possibility would be a big influence in getting it.

Actually, I think I overheard Phil tell someone at SIGGRAPH that CAT muscle is no longer being developed further. But it was a whirlwind on the show floor, I could be completely wrong.

Nichod
09-24-2006, 01:25 PM
Yeah I just looked at the demo video demonstrating CAT's abilities. Pretty impressive.

shingo
09-24-2006, 06:55 PM
From what I've heard, this not the case at all.

The problem with most muscle systems is that they are not robust enough to be implemented without a lot of hand holding. CAT muscle shows a lot of promise, my understanding is that CAT muscle is still not rock solid in extreme poses.

Phill is still working on maActually, I think I overheard Phil tell someone at SIGGRAPH that CAT muscle is no longer being developed further. But it was a whirlwind on the show floor, I could be completely wrong.

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