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ExtraNormal is Dead, Long live State Plus!

Discussion in 'Video Production' started by Gayle_Woot, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. Gayle_Woot

    Gayle_Woot Newbie

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    A few years back ExtraNormal made big splash on the scene for making quick animations with their TTS & 3D Animation System called State.
    It's probably in the same category as Animoto, GoAnimate, CrazyTalk.

    For those who do not know, TTS stands for - Text To Speech, you write text and the software converts it to speech.

    Last year they stopped the development of State, changed their platform to become XtraNormal Desktop.

    XN Desktop forced users to pay for their renderings. That meant No Internet = No rendering, No Tokens = No Rendering, No Server = No Rendering!!!

    One year later.... Their licensing servers are all offline, their +50K Facebook page is gone, the YouTube twitter etc. accounts are taken down.
    THEY ARE NOT HERE ANYMORE!! R.I.P.!

    But there is a solution for those who liked the simplicity of telling a story by just typing text.
    Behind the scene there has been a creative group of people that has continued to create animated videos and explore the State platform.

    They have created a platform called State Plus, that acts like a launch platform for State.
    Watch some videos - youtube /user/EmergentAnimation

    State Plus has been created with a noobs and experts alike approach, it has a level setting option and allows you to tweak almost anything that a character can do and how a scene should look like. Or keep it simply down to select what characters should be in a scene and launch the State software.
    Yes.. You can actually select characters from multiple categories and create a scene with Pres. Omama chats with Barbie & Spock & a Crash Test Dummy or select from hundreds of other characters into one scene. Something that you could never do with the "original" State..

    There is a good bit to go until State Plus have solved all the problems to unlock the full potential of State. But it's already better than the original software was, and since XtraNormal is gone, they deem it as "Abandonware".

    Noobs & coding talents from IJ are most welcome to join the Yahoo group to continue where XN as a company failed. A new dedicated website with forum is coming shortly.


    • Join the Yahoo group - /group/emergent-animation/
    • download & install the software, - Free
    • take State Plus for a test-drive, -Free
    • choose your characters - Free
    • write a creative story, - Your Time
    • add some acting in between the chats - Your time
    • let State do the rendering - FREE!
    • And did I say forever & Free!!

    Talents that are sought for.


    • Hack the Exe - its a program coded with C++ using the Qt GUI.
    • Remove license check against server. Currently there is a "workaround".
    • Remove license check for "actors/voices/scenes/props". Workaround exists.
    • Remove/dissable some links/buttons from software, as ex. "shop" does not exist anymore.
    • Well anyone with coding skills are most welcome.
    • Additionally, GFX artistis have a chance to remask/design existing/new characters & props.

    ++ Creative people who can write stories with these new set of tools and show XtraNormal how to do it.

    Welcome to the future of TTS animation with State Plus.

    Gayle Woot
     
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  2. neo

    neo Power Member

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    So this is basically a spam for your platform in the Extra Normal?
     
  3. BlackSeng

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    That's Gay-ly.
     
  4. pahdre

    pahdre Newbie

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    Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting this info...def much needed!
     
  5. Gayle_Woot

    Gayle_Woot Newbie

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    Nope.

    I have no part in this development. Just recently found the group of freethinkers.
    But I have been playing around with state/extranormal for + 2 years.

    And the way XN has closed shop and leaved a few thousand moviemakers are now hanging in the dry, and can not finnish their movies, I think it's worth pushing for an alternative solution.

    As a free tool to use in marketing, I think it suits to be promoted in the video section. everybody else is promoting Animoto and GoAnimate that unfortunately are paid software..

    If you think it is spammy, then you should report this thread to the mods.

    // G
     
  6. Aedan

    Aedan Regular Member

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    The extra normal is dead" how is it? You describe comprehensively about this topic. I am very happy to read your post.
     
  7. xtranormal

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    Im looking for a working version of xtranormal state plus with the 20gb+ files but its seems near impossible. The guy who was running state plus for free has basicly shut up shop including the forums, new owners took over the original software. The 20gb of files have disappeared off the internet.


    There are also people looking for xtranormal state plus download on the suprbay forums.

    If someone could create a torrent for the files or give me a download link for the files, it would be great.