Facebook handed over the illustration and animation tool Quill for virtual reality to Iñigo Quilez, the developer who created the app. Quilez founded a company called Smoothstep and rebranded the tool as Quill at Smoothstep, which is now in the Oculus Store.
The original Quill app will be removed from the Oculus Store on October 18th. It will still work for those who have downloaded it, but Oculus no longer supports the app. Users should manually upload creators to Oculus Media Studio manually rather than via Quill.
Facebook says Quill content shared in Oculus Media Studio or Oculus TV will be available on Oculus for now. The Quill Theater app remains in the store – it will be renamed VR Animation Player next month. The Oculus team also noted that Smoothstep acquired both Quill Theater’s IMM immersive content distribution file format (IMM) and an IMM player.
Quilez built the first version of Quill during a 2015 hackathon to get production on Oculus Story Studio’s VR card, Dear Angelica. The film was the first to be completely hand-painted in the VR environment. Other filmmakers adopted Quill, with works made using the instrument screened at major film festivals such as Sundance and Venice.
Some large companies are expected to enter the VR and mixed reality space in the coming years, such as Apple and Sony, or push deeper. As such, developers of VR creation tools like Quill have a great opportunity for growth in the medium term.
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