Antics Technologies has today released V3.1 of its real-time animation software, giving users the opportunity to import models and images from the Google 3D Warehouse and Google Earth. Now users can boost their Antics projects by importing models ranging from Wembley Stadium and the Oval Office to Star Wars X-Wing Fighters and naval destroyers.

Antics V3.1 is a simple but powerful tool that can be used professional creatives to visualize scenes and bring their script ideas to life. A free version is also available, allowing home users to produce 3D animated clips for fun. The software’s intelligent props and characters are designed to take many of the complicated calculations out of animation, so a simple point and click action will move a character from A to B in a single command making animation accessible to everyone.

In addition to the thousands of free and premium items already available to all Antics users, users can now access accurately scaled, real-world buildings and textured architectural landmarks from the Google 3D Warehouse as well as sophisticated images from Google Earth. Users then have the option to make their scenes ‘intelligent’ by introducing Antics characters and adding animation effects to the imported models.

Other enhancements in Antics V3.1 include improved walk sequences for characters and a new tab in the Antics Resource Centre, which gives users direct access to the Antics Content Warehouse.

Beyond the content library that comes packaged with BasePack, Antics is making it easier to access all the other free content available to V3.1 BasePack users by bundling it into a single download in the Antics Content Warehouse.

Antics ProPack version, which includes free access to all Premium content and enhanced support and delivery options, is available for a limited period at a promotional price of £145 plus VAT. The offer ends on May 2nd 2008, when the price reverts to £295 plus VAT.