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Software : Animate

The aniMate plug-in for DAZ Studio allows artists to animate 3D characters through drag-and-drop animation modules called aniBlocks, which seamlessly blend into any DAZ Studio project. Created by GoFigure , producer of viral applications for Internet, computer and mobile social networks, and DAZ 3D , developers of high-quality 3D software and models, aniMate offers an extremely easy approach to building animation sequences that is ideal for beginners, yet capable of producing professional results.

"The aniMate plug-in is a natural complement to DAZ Studio's already comprehensive 3D art and animation toolset and fits perfectly with our philosophy of offering 3D tools to the masses," said Dan Farr, president and co-founder of DAZ 3D. "Users may import any DAZ 3D model, such as Victoria, and within seconds, create a high-quality animated sequence."

Using aniBlocks, animated behaviors such as dancing, walking, fighting and gesturing are simply dragged from the aniBlock library and dropped into the animation timeline, blending automatically to any 3D character within DAZ Studio. Behavior lengths may be set and modified in real-time by merely pulling the edge of the aniBlock. Upon purchase, aniMate comes equipped with a library of aniBlocks, while additional professional-quality aniBlocks may be purchased from DAZ 3D, or created using DAZ Studio's existing keyframe, PuppeteerT and Lip Synching technologies.

"We designed aniMate to take the mystery of out of the animation process," said GoFigure's founder and president, Brett Nord. "It provides a simple interface that makes animation fun and educational. At the same time, it's fully capable of professional quality output for projects of any level and provides a sense of instant gratification for all artists."

The aniMate plug-in, along with an extended library of professional quality aniBlock add-ons, are available for purchase at www.daz3d.com . Regularly priced at $39.95 USD, aniMate is currently offered at $29.97 USD until Oct.15, 2008. Additional aniBlock motions are available in sets ranging from $19.95 to $29.95 USD.

DAZ Studio 2.3, required for proper installation, is free of charge and available on Windows 2000 or higher and Mac® OSX 10.3.9 or higher. Each version comes with pre-configured 3D content that is ready to be loaded and rendered into fantastic art at the push of a button.

About DAZ 3D
Founded in 2000, DAZ 3D, a privately-held company located in Draper, Utah, is a market leader in 3D software and digital content creation. The company's library of characters and accessories is renowned for its high-quality, versatile and compatible 3D content. DAZ 3D also hosts the popular Artzone.com, a social marketplace for sharing art and exchanging ideas. For more information, please visit www.daz3d.com .

About GoFigure
GoFigure is a 3D company specializing in the creation of fun and viral applications for Internet, computer and mobile social networks. For more information, please visit www.gofigure3d.com.