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Oculus 'Quill' Development Lives On with New Big Update Available Now

Oculus 'Quill' Development Lives On with New Big Update Available Now

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Staff Writer

When Oculus announced back in May the shutdown of its in-house cinema division, Oculus Story Studio, it seemed that its popular illustration tool, Quill, would eventually follow a similar fate from the lack of ongoing development. However, thanks to a newly released update by Facebook’s Social VR team it appears that Quill is officially here to stay.

According to the announcement made via Facebook, the team stated that they are “beyond excited” to release the new Quill update and are committed to providing Rift and Touch owners with more updates to the app over time. One of the main goals the team has is making the Quill user experience as intuitive and efficient as possible, so for this latest release, you’ll find several new UX and performance improvements.

“The Gallery has four new featured Quillustrations for you to enjoy,” the team explains. “The 360 mono and stereo image import will enable artists to bring in 360 images that could be used as matte paintings. With 3D sound support, you can now spacialize audio by placing the sound sources in 3D space as regular wave or ambisonic sound files. The colorizer has a new opacity mode with which you can change the opacity of existing strokes.”

Quill Update Release Notes:

  • Added 360 mono and stereo image import (with transparencies) in both equirect and cubemap formats
  • Added 3D sound
  • Added Opacity blend mode
  • New gallery Quillustrations
  • Fixed Line tool
  • Fixes to FBX exporter
  • Fixes to precision for expansive drawings
  • More accurate color picking and autograb
  • Joystick left/right is undo and redo
  • Joystick up/down is new layer and merge layer
  • Several other UX improvements
  • Several other general fixes

To celebrate the update, the team released a new video showcasing a Quill art piece created by Goro Fujita, called ‘Left Brain – Right Brain’ which can be viewed below.

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