[ Update 10th July 2011: Piazzo revamped his website this week. It seems like Pussy was taken to the great litter tray in the sky. If I find a new link I’ll add it here. ]
It’s 66,000 polys. Piazzo has included basic but purrfectly-acceptable “walk” and “run” iMotion files. The cat is fully posable and animatable, via iClone’s Motion Edit option. It includes realistic moveable whiskers and ears, and an articulated tail (the tail apparently has a spring in it, but I haven’t got quite that far with it yet). The bone structure seems to offer the possibility of moving eyes, opening jaw etc, but I can’t seem to grab onto anything other than the head in Motion Edit. It seems a user would need to add an additional jaw prop, and attach new eye spheres over the old ones, for more facial expressiveness.
If you’ve made any good animations for this free cat, please share them via adding a comment on this post. A sitting position would be especially welcome.
* Put the cat iAvatar in: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Reallusion\Custom\iClone 4 Custom\Character\
* Put the two drag & drop motion files in: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Reallusion\Custom\iClone 4 Custom\Motion\
You may want to create new “KloneKat” directories on each of these paths.
New textures can be made by clicking on the cat to activate it, then scrolling down the right-hand panel in iClone until you get to “Material & Texture Settings”. Now click on the “Launch” button to load the diffuse texture map in Photoshop. From there you can see how the cat’s map works, start changing the colours, etc.
However… I delved down down into my Poser runtime directories — …/Runtime/Texture/DAZ/Animals/MilCat — and I can vouch that all the DAZ Millennium Cat‘s textures packs will fit this iClone kittee puurfectly and without any alteration being needed. Just make sure you’re loading the textures into the pzr-fx_Fur material, and not into the eye textures or suchlike. There are several places online to find free texture maps for the DAZ Millenium Cat — Lyne’s Travis, Punkin and Clancy textures look like good free options (registration required).
[ Hat-tip: Creative Commons background photo by S. A. Young ]