Oculus Story Studio may Have Closed but Quill Lives on With new Update

Back in May Oculus made the surprise announcement that its internal animation arm, Oculus Story Studio, would be closing its doors. The studio was fundamental in the development of Quill, a virtual reality (VR) illustration tool that the team used to create Dear Angelica. For Oculus Touch owners who use Quill it seems the software hasn’t been abandoned, as today a new update has gone live.   

Making the announcement on a Facebook post, Quill hasn’t some much received any majorly new additions, more just  a lot of UX and performance improvements.

“The Gallery has four new featured Quillustrations for you to enjoy. The 360 mono and stereo image import will enable artists to bring in 360 images that could be used as matte paintings,” the post explains. “With 3D sound support, you can now spacialize audio by placing the sound sources in 3D space as regular wave or ambisonic sound files. The colorizer has a new opacity mode with which you can change the opacity of existing strokes.”

Quill - Wesley Allsbrook

Not only will artists be reassured that Oculus is still supporting Quill with this new update, they’ll also be pleased to hear that more improvements will be added in the future.

Celebrating the updates release, Oculus has showcased a new piece by Goro Fujita, called “Left Brain – Right Brain” which can be viewed below.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Quill, reporting back with further announcements.

Quill Update Release Notes:

  •  Added 360 mono and stereo image import (with transparencies) in both equirect and cubemap formats
  • Added 3D sound
  • Added Opacity blend mode
  • New gallery Quillustrations
  • Fixed Line tool
  • Fixes to FBX exporter
  • Fixes to precision for expansive drawings
  • More accurate color picking and autograb
  • Joystick left/right is undo and redo
  • Joystick up/down is new layer and merge layer
  • Several other UX improvements
  • Several other general fixes