A new message form Ares brings a couple of new (to me) pieces of software. Here goes the usual translation:
An interesting production tool is "interactive storyboard for maya"
ISFM offers a fast and visual general look at the project, you can check what is already done, and what status it is in, and also what has to be done yet.
It has an obvious connection with Maya, but also with Excel (statistics), shake (postproduction), ...
The integration with Maya is absolute, allowing to run scripts on a batch of scenes, do playblasts, an FTP system, visualize the storyboard with the Maya scenes, icon view of 3D files, sound, video form other sources, transitions...
This is a ISFM workflow scheme
Another tools is Reflex, although it is not for sale yet (I think it will come out in January 2007)
- It has tools to facilitate the workflow,
- Some very useful ones for supervision and data exchange among departments,
- Some animation tools identical to Jason Schleifer´s "greasyPencil"
- And file management tools that allow to block characters functions depending on the department you belong to.
They are asking for beta-testers (advanced students and animation studios)