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Ramjac Ships Xpressionist for Electric Image Universe

Plugin enables scripting for 3D suite By Dave Nagel
Ramjac has released a new plugin for Electric Image Universe called Xpressionist. The software brings scripting capabilities to EI's 3D modeling and animation package. It's currently available only for Macintosh, including Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.

Xpressionist uses mathematical formulas to feed custom data into frames to control objects. The formulas can use data from any channel in the animation, so when the value of one property is changed, it can affect the values in other channels.


The plugin calls up a scripting interface that includes three tabs: Editor, Channel and Preference. The Editor tab is used to write the scripts, and the Channel tab allows users to choose individual objects and their property channels from a list. (Channels include a variety of parameters, such as Y, Y and Z position; yaw; surface colors; reflectivity; etc.) And the Preference tab allows users to define how Xpressionist updates your project. It also allows users to define custom channels. Examples of the interface and explanations of how each tab works are available at Electric Image''s Web site.

Xpressionist requires EI Universe 4.0.7. It's available now for $249. For more information, visit http://www.electricimage.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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