Facebook handed over its PC-based VR illustration and animation tool Quill to its original creator Iñigo Quilez.
The move comes nearly two years after Adobe acquired the sculpture app VR Medium from Facebook, along with several members of the team creating the PC software. Earlier this year, Google stopped development of Tilt Brush and opened up the VR art app.
Quill Theater on Oculus Quest – a viewer for Quill Creations – will become the “VR animation player“after October 18. The original Quill creative app will be removed from its list on the Oculus store for Rift at that time. Creativity the application was first developed during a hackathon in 2015 and the company Smoothstep from Quilez Quill already re-registered on the Oculus Store for Rift to version 2.9 and open source file format and Quill player in hope that it “will lead to an expanded ecosystem of creators and audiences for VR animation”.
Epic Games recently acquired the Sketchfab 3D object hosting service and Quill was used to create a range of animated projects like Dear Angélique. After Tilt Brush’s open source, a number of other projects have used the code to create art-based VR apps and we’ll be curious if creators will rally to the Quill file format in the same way. .
New VR headsets like Quest Pro, an Apple device, and a next-generation VR system from Sony are expected to launch in the coming years. We will closely monitor the evolution of tools to create virtual reality content that could be an integral part of these future systems.