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I can’t wait for this to be featured in a super-unsexy remake of Ghost:
Anastasiy – being rightly much famed for his color mixer and picker apps (as Adobe Extensions, for multiple applications): http://anastasiy.com – newly has his 2D dabbling in space app for Photoshop and the Leap Motion device available commercially: http://drivenpixels.com/ethereal
(John featured it earlier, in the controller development phase: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2013/04/ethereal-draw-in-the-air-with-photoshop-leap-motion.html)
There was a 3D sculpting and painting program called Amorphium back in 1999 from a developer called Play Creative Underground. It was very much like Freeform, of course without the hands-free thing.
[Then as now, I wonder if it sufficiently addressed any real needs that people have (i.e. it's neat, but does anyone actually care?). --J.]
Amorphium was very well-regarded and used. It was re-acquired by the animation production house where it was originally developed (Electric Image), but stalled-out as the v.3.0 release somewhere’s around 2005. (I believe that a successor product line is now here: http://www.eias3d.com)
The 3D modeling software arena has regularly seen developments aimed at making design and implementation simpler and more intuitive. Here’s one I played with for a while, which seemed to have a lot of promise: http://www.groboto.com/v3/index.html But, there’s a fine line (sic) there between commercial success and going nowhere.
While all this is cool and rad, and interesting. I am dissapointed in it’s capability. It is little more than a toy and squanders hardware resources while causing little give and take in return. Sorry, I had hoped for a hero in this and am searching all over again.
… plus, the Leap controller thing is actually a strange gizmo. The software written for it doesn’t appear as regular applications (as it seems to me, so far …). Software is launched from a toolkit utility called Airspace. And the applications have no duality of control – that is, they work with the Leap device and waving fingers, etc., but not in concert with a mouse or a stylus/ tablet.
There is some nifty software stuff available – I like Deco Sketch (http://decosketch.com) the best at this point – but, it comes as two apps, for a Leap-controlled PC and then separately for the iPad, etc.