Both rivals are comparing themselves to Photoshop:
"This (Antics) looks like it could be the next Photoshop"
Lori Furie – Snr. VP Vfx Sony/Colombia
[quote from machinima for dummies, via Moviestorm's Ann]
Suddenly antics have discovered this "machinima" thing as they "develop and deliver 3D animation software that brings your ideas to life, giving your stories a new dimension through easy to use “point and click” software." - thats a change of focus over a few months ago, ease of use wasn't on the agenda..?! What do they have in store for the 3.0 release - tutorials? interface overhaul? jump to another OS?
Still the two arn't in competition, but there is a narrowing gap. Antics is becoming more low brow and movestorm has always avoided the loftier markets. There are a lot of other fish too fry too! The pre viz market in Cambridge betta absorb a lot orange ;)
Not that I'm biased, but I'm sitting with two ex antics employees (ok senior software monkey and founder) at 'storm HQ, and they both like spuing war stories that make the antics people sound like something between an army of PHBes and a WTF nightmare. I almost want to go work for them to find out what it's like there! Seems like they've [over||miss]-administrated staff ingenuity, productivity and morale into the floor. Still antics seem to have better raw tech even if they don't seem to known what to do with all their PhD's!
edit: Good to know that antics are in no way comparing moviestorm and antics on a regular basis:
(for the url impared, someone from cam.antics3d.com was googling moviestorm antics on the 23 Nov!)
Although I will never post identifying info on individuals who view this blog, that screenshot from my logs doesn't give away anything that isn't already public. Good to know that they're running IE7. Interesting point: if they didn't have their own domain range i wouldn't have known who it was.