That’s a Wrap! The DeepMotion Avatar Alpha is Ending
After over a year of testing (with 500+ users!), we are gearing up to wrap our closed alpha program. We are deeply appreciative of all the developers, artists, and animators that have joined the closed alpha and tested our product. Thank you!
You may be wondering—what happens now?
Access to the closed alpha program will continue for 6 more months from today, however we will not be accepting new users. Once the closed alpha officially wraps, users will need a license to continue using our products.
As a small startup (we’re pretty indie ourselves), we unfortunately don’t have the bandwidth to support the indie version of our product at this time. However, we hope that when the time comes, we can discount and provide special features to those that have been with us from the beginning.
Thanks again, and please leave us your feedback here if you would like to share your thoughts on our work.
The DeepMotion Team
I was just looking at the licensing issues for the tools my tiny self-funded startup uses, so this is perfect timing. I use the inverse kinematics and inverse dynamics tools extensively in Unity; there are other IK libraries in the Unity store that I could use, but APE fits well and it would be a hindrance to replace it.
I'd be happy to pay for licensing, but keep in my that my startup is running on bootstraps at the moment. We simply don't have the cash flow to afford licensing costs in the same order of magnitude as AutoDesk's rates. But we'd be very interested in some sort of arrangement that would allow my company to grow, and assure potential investors that our licensing arrangements are secure, and also compensate your company for the value the toolset adds. My team hasn't disclosed any of our work to outsiders yet, but DeepMotion is at the top of the list of companies we will show our tech to in the near future (I didn't even mention the specific field on the feedback form, because that would reveal a bit too much). Suffice to say - it is impressive, impressive enough that we've been advised to keep it secret thus far. But it will take time for us to develop the product and establish a strong place in a growing market.