The FortyThree interns were on a mission this week to determine which apps from Mashable’s Top 25 Free iPhone Apps of All Time are most widely used in our agency. An office-wide poll was conducted to see just how popular those apps are among our team and the results are in.
40% of the top apps are currently on 43 phones and each member of the team has downloaded almost every app on the list at some point while owning an iPhone. It’s no surprise us that the number one free app of all time, Facebook, is also the most common app at 43. Runners up are Pandora, Instagram, Angry Birds and Google Maps.
This week Smith Micro launched Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014, the newest versions of their 3D animation and creation software.
Perfect for artists, illustrators, animators and graphic designers, Poser enables users of all skill levels to easily create full 3D scenes with digital humans, animals, and props.
In addition to an extensive library of pre-loaded characters and content, the newest version of the software incorporates key new features such as Subdivision Surfaces for improved bending fidelity, Bullet Physics for adding increased realism to animation, Live simulation mode for previewing dynamics in real-time and more.
Well-known illustrators and animators including Brian Haberlin, creator of Anomaly and Monty Oum, director of animation at Rooster Teeth Productions have utilized Poser for their projects. To view Brian’s Anomaly Experience visit http://bit.ly/YcbBMq. Watch Monty’s RWBY teaser videos here:
RWBY Red - http://bit.ly/RhZloY
RWBY White - http://bit.ly/Z0xSuL
RWBY Black - http://bit.ly/Z8QSIE
For more information on Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014, visit http://poser.smithmicro.com/
At the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in late April, Smith Micro participated in a panel titles “ The Future of Graphic Novels and Motion Comics: A Look at the Not-So Distant Future of Interactive Graphic Storytelling.”
Comprised of comic industry members and well-known artist, the C2E2 panel focused on the future of the comic industry, highlighting graphic novels and motion comics as well as comic creation tech and tools that help improve artists’ workload and increase the quality of their work.
Moderator Eileen Cruz of Toon Zone led the discussion that ranged from members’ own backgrounds and comic creation tool preferences to their advice for transitioning to a digital workload. Panel members included Fahim Niaz of Smith Micro and artists Brian Haberlin, Mike Norton, Joe Eisma, Reilly Brown, Byron Wilkins and Doug Hills.
C2E2 is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. The event allows fans the opportunity to interact with their favorite creators and the chance to view sneak peeks of films and television shows months before their release.
For more insight on the panel check out this article by Comic Book Resources: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=45220
For more information on C2E2, visit http://www.c2e2.com/Home/.
Here at FortyThree we love our smartphone apps. From Facebook to Pintrest, Snapchat to Instagram, you name it, one of us probably uses it. As for our current favorites, we took a short poll of the team to see what’s on the top of everyone’s list this week.
*Photo Credit Content Paradise YouTube Channel
We want to congratulate Smith Micro and artist Victor Paredes on their recent 2013 Telly Award win.
“Happy Earth Day,” an animated video clip Victor created with Smith Micro’s 2D animation software program, Anime Studio, received the bronze Telly Award for Best Branded Content and Promotional Branding.
Anime Studio allows users of all skill levels to easily create 2D movies, cartoons, anime and cut out animations right out of the box.
The Telly Awards honor outstanding TV commercials and programs as well as the finest video and film productions and online commercials. It is internationally recognized, with nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and numerous countries.
To view additional Smith Micro videos and animated clips, visit its Content Paradise YouTube Channel.
For additional information on Anime Studio visit http://anime.smithmicro.com/.
Credit: Blessed Little Homestead
Mother’s Day is around the corner and that means it’s time to shower the special moms in your life with love, gratitude and thoughtful gifts that express your appreciation. With Smith Micro’s animation software products, users can create unique comic books that show Super-Mom in action, fun animated clips that will make mom laugh, animated slideshows of memories that bring tears of joy and more.
Smith Micro's 2D animation and comic creation products, Anime Studio and Manga Studio, as well as 3D modeling and animation product, Poser and recently released animation tool, MotionArtist, are great gifts for users of any age or skill level while remaining budget friendly.
To learn more about these products visit the links below.
Anime Studio - Anime Studio is your complete animation program for creating 2D movies, cartoons, anime and cut out animations. anime.smithmicro.com
Manga Studio - Manga Studio is your all-in-one solution for stunning, ready-to-publish manga and comics.manga.smithmicro.com
MotionArtist - MotionArtist enables users to add motion to comic creations, as well as create interactive HTML5 presentations and make animated photo shows with ease. motionartist.smithmicro.com
Poser - Create realistic 3D art with Poser 9 – perfect for artists, illustrators, animators and graphic designers. Poser Debut comes with everything you need to get started in 3D including an easy to follow, step-by-step project guide and dozens of ready to pose 3D characters and pre-loaded content. poser.smithmicro.com
This week Reality 3 for Poser, a plug-in for DAZ studio that connects Poser software to the physically based and unbiased rendering engine, LuxRender, became available for 3D artists and animators.
The Reality plug-in enables 3D artists to convert their Poser materials, lights and cameras so that they can render their Poser scenes with LuxRender, achieving astounding levels of photo realism by rendering light and materials with absolute precision. With Reality 3 for Poser, users can create finished projects that rival those created using products that cost several thousands of dollars.
For more information on Reality 3 for Poser visit the Pret-A-3D homepage. Learn more about Poser here and LuxRender here.
*Photos contributed by Runtime DNA Inc.
We are thrilled for Stern Pinball!!
45 minutes after Stern announced the Metallica Limited Edition Master of Puppets machine it sold out. That's a record for the Stern team. Sales records were also set for the Pro and Premium versions.
A surge of pin players from Metallica devotees to gaming aficionados inundated the Stern site to get a firsthand look at the new game. It didn’t take long for millions of fans to crash the site, resulting in what Stern Pinball determined as a very successful launch.
Congratulations to the team!