Nomadic peoples pack

Newly appeared, as a time-limited freebie on the DAZ website, the Cheyenne Accessories pack. Ends 29th June 2010. The props are all low-poly and the largest is 31,000 faces. As well as for Westerns or historical epics, they should also work with a fantasy-themed movie and the free Ryzom props for iClone (which include an Indian-style wigwam) and the Sintel/Durian props…

A 4Mb download for the PC/Poser version (the only one that seems to contain the .obj files — if you don’t have Poser just install it to the free DAZ Studio). The props also come as 3DXchange-friendly .obj files, and you get…

* Big Bag
* Medium Bag
* Small Bag
* Digging Stick
* Pole
* Hoop

After install you’ll find the textures in…

C:\Users\Your_Name_Here\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio3\content\Runtime\textures\RD\CheyenneAcc

And (if you installed to DAZ Studio using the Poser installer) the .obj models are in…

C:\Users\Your_Name_Here\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio3\content\Runtime\Geometries\RD\AccCheyenne

Two new business-friendly packs for iClone

Two major new packs from Reallusion, both of which are potentially useful for businesses:

Virtual Studio Vol. 2 ($60) offers pre-made “announcement” stages iClone. (Including the U.S. President’s Office, if you happened to be envious of Moviestorm’s version of the same).

Motion Montage Vol. 2 ($80) offers a variety of useful product-demo animation templates…

Video demo of both…

MyTV

myTV, a new product from Reallusion…

“Previously you could share your videos on YouTube but there was no way to … share your collections in an organized manner”

Great idea, and it is free — but unfortunately it’s dependent on users first installing the clunky Adobe integrated runtime libraries (aka Adobe AIR) and appears to be aimed at the desktop rather than embedding in web pages. A lot of people now have AIR by default, since the installation file for Adobe Reader 9.3 installs Adobe AIR without user permission. So you know who to blame when AIR proves to be a major security risk.

I can’t help thinking I’d rather have a configurable and skinnable YouTube playlist that’s just a simple snippet of copy-and-paste javascript which can be embedded anywhere, but WidgetCast skinning of the MyTV player is “coming in July”…