Some of you may have noticed a new 3D Links menu on the LandXplorer Studio Professional 2011 interface.
The links under that menu item a small start on a longer term effort to being providing more content for scenery and furniture along with the LandXplorer products. For the moment, what better path could we choose than to point our customers to Autodesk Seek, a really cool model sharing space evolving at Autodesk, and TurboSquidTM, an independent clearinghouse of 3D model content created by digital artists around the world. As we grow, we hope to build relationships with more vendors as well as to drive more relevant content into Seek.
What's very cool about Seek is that content that you use is generally yours to play with. The XFrog trees that have been donated up there are available for broad usage (though they are in MAX format and may need to be converted to something like 3ds or FBX for use in LandXplorer).
For TurboSquid, what you buy, you can use... and a secret is to sort your queries by price from lowest to highest. You'll see there's lots of cool free content up there. I can't do it justice, but here's a scene generated with some TurboSquid content against a backdrop of simple terrain and GIS data:
For those of you who were wondering if I might be a 3D artist at heart... clearly I'm keeping my day job...
I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts or desires about including 3D scenery or content with LandXplorer products in the future. What are the concerns? Would you be interested in seeing content from different locales? What content formats would be valuable for you?
There's a whole world of 3D content out there on the web. Go explore, starting with TurboSquid and Seek, and send us the screenshots!