Obtain open-source VR sketching software Open Brush 2.0

Icosa Gallery has launched Open Brush 2.0, a serious replace to the open-source VR sketching app.

The replace provides help for layers and strain sensitivity, improves body charges by as much as 10x, and provides help for OpenXR extensions, together with one enabling Meta Quest customers to color in combined actuality.

A community-run open-source successor to Google’s Tilt Brush
Open Brush is predicated on Tilt Brush, the room-scale 3D portray and sketching software beforehand developed by Google, and open-sourced in 2021 following its resolution to cease growing it as a business product.

Like its predecessor, Open Brush permits artists to color colored strokes in digital actuality that operate each as paint strokes and 3D geometry.

Customers can management the type of every stroke by curving or lathing it, and it’s attainable to constrain strokes to straight traces or use grid or angle snapping to sketch geometric in addition to natural objects.

As soon as created, strokes may be mirrored, recoloured or erased, and customers can arrange lights, cameras and a background surroundings for the ensuing 3D sketch.

Accomplished sketches may be revealed to the Icosa Gallery itself, or exported in glTF, FBX, USD or JSON format, making it attainable to make use of them as idea designs that may be refined in apps like Blender or Maya.

Sketches may also be used straight as VR property in sport engines: Open Brush has a devoted Unity SDK.

In addition to portray in digital actuality, customers can run the software program in monoscopic mode on Home windows or Mac. It’s described as “clunky in locations”, however is presently the one method to make use of Open Brush on macOS.


Help for Unity’s XR framework brings new options and higher efficiency
Below the hood, the most important change in Open Brush 2.0 is that the software program has been up to date to the most recent model of Unity, and makes use of its XR plugin framework to help VR and combined actuality {hardware}.

That ought to allow Open Brush to help a wider vary of {hardware}: ports for Pico devices and the upcoming Vive XR Elite are presently in growth.

The software program additionally now helps OpenXR extensions, one among which permits artists with Meta Quest headsets to make use of Pass-through mode to color in combined actuality mode, as proven within the picture above.

The replace must also enhance interactive efficiency, notably on dense sketches: in keeping with the discharge notes, “extremely advanced sketches that beforehand ran at 5fps at the moment are hitting 50!”

New layer system and help for strain sensitivity on brush strokes
New artist options in Tilt Brush 2.0 embody a layers system, which presently helps as much as eight layers.

Though a a lot smaller layer stack than desktop sketching apps, it ought to make it a lot simpler to work with massive sketches, and makes it attainable to maintain reference materials separate from the working sketch.

Hidden layers will not be included when exporting recordsdata.

As well as, the replace introduces strain sensitivity on “numerous brushes”, with the thickness of the stroke rising in keeping with how exhausting the person is squeezing the set off on their VR controller.

Once more, whereas VR controllers don’t help the identical diploma of strain sensitivity as graphics tablets, the change ought to assist Open Brush really feel and behave extra like a desktop sketching software.

As well as, there are two new instruments, Snip and Be part of, for slicing present strokes in half by way of their management factors, or joinging two present strokes.

Different options: new digital camera management panel, extra import codecs
Different modifications embody a brand new digital camera management panel, making it attainable to regulate digital camera settings from inside Open Brush, moderately than having to edit the config file earlier than a piece session.

It consists of controls for FOV, video smoothing on desktop, and for making use of post-process results.

As well as, Open Brush can now import level clouds in PLY format and video in WEBM format.

Licensing and system necessities
Open Brush 2.0 is accessible free on Home windows, Linux and macOS. To make use of it in VR mode, you’ll need compatible headset, which incorporates the HTC Vive, Meta and Home windows Blended Actuality headsets.

The supply code is accessible below an Apache 2.0 licence.

Read a full list of new features in Open Brush 2.0 in the online documentation

Download compiled builds of Open Brush

Download the source code for Open Brush from Icosa Gallery’s GitHub repository

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