SyncSketch - FREE - 8$ a month

It's been fun watching SyncSketch grow into a full media collaboration tool. This is a little story about how we started this whole journey ...

I use this tool in my classrooms and pay the basic 8$ a month myself.

Schools can buy at educational pricing.

bh_AnimProxy Tool For Maya - 5$

Great tool to work out simplified timing for bouncing balls in animation.
Now available! -  5$

Some progress on my 'bh_AnimSphere' tool, now called bh_AnimProxy since it can create cubes too.. I've added a GUI where you can choose sphere or cube, with scale and texture options and a delete button to revert to the character again.

One of my iAnimate students -  Brian Horgan is also a tools developer. He has written a few tools that can assist and help the animation process in Maya.

His Ghost Tool is a popular Maya add-on that can let users onion-skin poses.

This bh_AnimSphere or AnimProxy Tool is his latest.

The tool will allow you replace any controller selection in Maya with a primitive sphere. This helps you work out the basic timing and arcs first before getting into the details.

A click of a button will replace a controller with a sphere (or cube). Likewise, another click will toggle everything back again.

You can get AnimProxy here.

Riham Toulan’s New Space Switcher for Maya - 27$

Technical Animator at Dice AE in Stockholm, Riham Toulan has a new space switch tool available and it looks like it’s an elegant and easy tool for animators.

Character animation and space switching go hand-in-hand. Being able to switch spaces while maintaining an object’s position is crucial when a character needs to handle props, interact with the environment, or even other parts of the same character. Some space switching tools can be a UI and UX mess. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Toulan’s Space Switching Tool. It was designed to create a reliable space switching set up that also uses a selection based marking menu to switch between spaces. Of course, it can do this while keeping the position of the object intact.

The tool provides a very flexible design that would easily allow the user to edit, add, remove and bake created spaces. “I made this tool so it is both animator and riggers friendly,” Toulan says. “The UI is pretty interactive and the requirements for creating the setup are minimal. When adding a new space the tool guides the user by loading the previously made setup info to the tool.”

Space Switch Tool is $27 for a basic license or $150 for a commercial license.

Learn more about Space Switch Tool here.