i got this email from the lagoa newsletter i signed some time ago:
Thanks for hanging on for so long. I appreciate your interest in Lagoa.
It's been a while since the last update, but I'm now happy to announce a new project that I've been working hard to bring to you.
The state of physics simulation changed considerable since Lagoa came out. I'm quite happy to see so many new tools that make simulating Visual Effects more real.
However, I realized that the problems in the computer graphics industry are much deeper than the tools themselves. So based on meeting many of you and hearing feedback I decided to make something to truly improve the experience of creating 3D content.
Back in 2010, shortly after launching Lagoa I realized how difficult it is for an artist to use a physics software like Lagoa. First you need an initial investment of thousands of dollars for equipment and software. Secondly you need the investment of time to learn a tool like Softimage. Finally to pull it all together you need to buy and learn yet another rendering software... so you can make it look good.
Taken together, this makes the art of 3D content creation inaccessible to most users.
The new kid on the block - TeamUp
TeamUp was born out of the combination of efforts between me and Arno Zinke whose reputation on Optics simulation speaks for itself. Our mission is to make 3D content creation, and the results - like real life.
I've put together a team of very talented Software Engineers, Researchers and Digital Artists to build a new set of technologies that make content creation much more fun.
TeamUp is a new kind of platform that lets you bring in your assets, then use physically based cameras, materials and lights to interactively edit your 3D scenes.
It would be easy if we had stopped there, but we decided to make it truly collaborative. You can edit 3D scenes simultaneously with colleagues, or show your clients and get feedback on your work from any device, from anywhere.
As valued Lagoa users, I'm extending an invitation to you, to participate in the beta and launch of the TeamUp platform. Please register now for the beta.
There's a lot more to TeamUp and the Multi-Optics technology, we hope you like it.
If you are coming to Siggraph, signup to get details on our exclusive demos and after-show parties!
Thiago da Costa
CEO / co-founder
I imagine that this will be a standalone application, and that lagoa will have no more devolpments.....