Award-winning software company Smith Micro Software announced that its Productivity and Graphics group's flagship Poser 3-D animation software has been used to create the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) Santa Tracker 2013 Web site. Santa Tracker enables families to follow Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve sleigh ride around the world. Poser was utilized in the creation of the 3-D Santa character on NORAD Tracks Santa as well as his reindeer and sleigh.
The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site is now live at noradsanta.org. Last holiday season, this Web site received around 22 million unique visitors in more than 200 countries. Smith Micro's premier partner, Meshbox Design, a supplier to Content Paradise and a corporate contributor to the NORAD Tracks Santa project, is the creator of Toon Santa, which is the original Santa for Poser. Toon Santa, Toon Reindeer, and Santa's Sleigh are each used on the NORAD Tracks Santa site as well as its official gear site, I Tracked Santa. Each of these three models is also available on Content Paradise. Toon Santa 2013 includes eight versions of Toon Santa, and the current release features a master chef Santa that comes with props like Christmas cakes, pizza trays, and utensils and that poses doing things like chopping with a knife, stirring a pot, tasting, and more.
Through Poser, users are not only able to purchase their favorite themed Toon Santa content but they can also create their own original holiday characters. Poser allows users of all skill levels to create full 3-D scenes with digital humans, animals, and props. Poser offers both an extensive library of preloaded characters and content as well as advanced features like Subdivision Surfaces for improved bending fidelity and Bullet Physics for adding improved realism to animation. Utilizing various tutorial videos and an experienced content creation, development and support service team, Poser users can begin creating original holiday content to share with their family and friends right away.
The NORAD Tracks Santa site can be accessed at noradsanta.org. Poser Debut for beginning animators, Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014 are available at Staples stores throughout the United States. For more information, visit poser.smithmicro.com/poser.html.
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