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New Partner in Japan: amanaimages

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 by

Konichiwa, Nippon!

TurboSquid has partnered with Japan’s top seller of stock photography to offer TurboSquid 3D models to the rich but largely untapped market in Asia.

amanaimages, with 8 million images in a range of categories and 130,000 subscribers, is the leading site for digital photography in Japan. This makes them the perfect partner to give TurboSquid’s world-leading artists direct access to a huge Asian market and offer creative professionals in Japan the highest quality in 3D models.

amanaimages homepage
The new joint site went live a few days ago and already features 120,000 3D models and 4,000 3D textures in multiple formats, all ranging in price from 200 to 300,000 yen (that’s about $4 to $3,800). amanaimages has a dedicated local sales and marketing team with years of experience selling to the Japanese market, and they have assembled a full support team to handle all 3D content.

Only models by SquidGuild artists and only priced models will be offered on amanaimages. We’ll be sharing more information soon about how SquidGuild artists can find their models on the site and other important details. For now, you can read more here.

We expect amanaimages to bring us many new customers in Japan because it offers benefits that no other 3D models site offers: great TurboSquid models on a Japanese-language website created by Japanese, with customer support in their native language and payment methods and options appropriate to their culture.

How excited are we about this? Well, Japan is the world’s third largest economy and has a huge amount of 3D production, but Japanese customers have always represented a small fraction of customers buying the high-quality models TurboSquid artists create. And we are pretty sure that’s about to change.

The SquidGuild Network

The SquidGuild Network is a powerful alliance of exclusive syndication partners selling SquidGuild 3D models. In the SquidGuild Network, artists can publish their models once but sell them through our network of partners with no additional work. They can manage all their products from TurboSquid.com and get one combined royalty payment through TurboSquid.

This new partnership with amanaimages is the first fully supported site in the SquidGuild Network, and the synergy of our two companies opens up 3D model sales in Japan in a way TurboSquid could not have done alone.

We are now integrating two more stock 3D modeling sites, Falling Pixel and Exchange3D, into the SquidGuild Network. SquidGuild artists can publish on those sites manually now and, starting this month, get royalties in a single payment through TurboSquid for sales at all three sites. Soon the entire content of TurboSquid, Falling Pixel and Exchange3D will be fully syndicated.

Read more about the SquidGuild Network here.

New Orleans Hosts White House CTO

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by

Matt Wisdom, CEO of TurboSquid, joined Aneesh Chopra, CTO and Associate Director for Technology in the Obama administration, and five New Orleans business leaders in a roundtable discussion Tuesday about how to use technology to spur the next generation of entrepreneurial leadership. The discussion, which took place at the Idea Village in downtown New Orleans, focused on strategies to foster new entrepreneurship and innovation that will lead to more jobs and a better economy.

Aneesh Chopra

The conversation eventually turned to U.S. immigration law and how it can create obstacles for companies who want to bring in unique technology talent from abroad. It’s a topic Matt is very familiar with since TurboSquid is currently trying to arrange a work visa for Jonathan Lloyd, who joined the company as part of our new partnership with his company Falling Pixel. Despite the fact that Jonathan, who is from England, has run a stock 3D site for five years and is arguably one of the most qualified people on earth to work in this industry, it’s been more difficult than expected to get him permission to work in the U.S.

After the discussion, Matt and some of the other participants went out to dinner with Rich Karlgaard, the publisher of Forbes, and had a great time talking about issues like the growth of the world economy. Matt was “thrilled and honored to be included in discussions with such knowledgeable people,” he said. “These are issues I really care about. I learned a lot, and I hope I contributed something too.”

TurboSquid Sighting: Ship Model on “House”

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 by

An episode in the seventh season of House, a popular American TV show, begins with a large sailing ship tossing on the waves during a violent storm as cannonballs explode around her. That sailing ship is a 3D model of the Golden Hind, a 16th century English galleon that is best known as the ship in which Sir Francis Drake sailed around the globe between 1577 and 1580. The model is the work of Diamond artist Kaol.

The Golden Hind

The model can be seen in House during the first few minutes of the episode “A Pox on Our House,” where it stands in as a slave ship bound for the New World. Every scene that shows the ship’s exterior was done with CG using this model. You can see this episode in full at Hulu.com.

The ship as it appears in House

The ship as shown in House

TurboSquid Sighting: Robopocalypse

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 by

A model purchased on TurboSquid dominates the cover of the new science-fiction novel, Robopocalypse, published by Doubleday and scheduled for a June release. The novel by Daniel H. Wilson takes place in the not-so-distant future where robots and other machines have turned against humans in a massive, worldwide uprising.

A few entertainment industry blogs and newspapers are reporting that film rights to Robopocalypse have been sold and that Steven Spielberg is on board to direct a big-screen adaptation of the novel. Maybe Giimann, the creator of the 3D model used on the book cover, should give ol’ Steve-O a call and see if they need any models for the movie …

Best Sales Ever at TurboSquid

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 by

TurboSquid has reached a couple of impressive milestones this month: our best sales month ever and the publishing of the 200,000th model on the site.

November 2010 sales were the highest of any month since the company was founded in 2000 — not bad for a month that includes a major U.S. holiday weekend (Thanksgiving) and considering that the national and global economy could still be said to be recovering from a recession. This is a positive sign for the 3D industry as a whole. With so many artists like us who’ve bet their careers on this industry, it’s something to be happy about.

November was also the month that TurboSquid reached the 200,000 mark in number of products published on the website. The catalog has grown steadily over the last ten years and includes everything from 3D tractor-trailers to detailed anatomical parts. Gandoza, the top-selling artist who published the 200,000th model, also just celebrated a personal milestone of his own by publishing more than 500 models on the site.

“This is also special mark for me to hit 500 models exclusively for TurboSquid,” said Gandoza, a Diamond-level artist who works and lives in Istanbul, Turkey. “I feel grateful and proud to be a TurboSquid artist, and I wish the company further success. Because my success comes along with their success.”

A Look Back at TurboSquid Websites

Monday, October 11th, 2010 by

Development was busy this summer, making lots of upgrades to the website to improve publishing, downloads, search, dashboard and reports, etc. Just seeing all those improvements made some of the long-timers around TurboSquid start thinking back to the early days, when the website wasn’t even a website. Remember this homepage from August 2000?

When the company started in 2000, we had an online application that artists and customers had to download and install on their computers to upload or purchase models.  About a year later, we introduced the first website-based search system.

By 2004 the website had undergone a full redesign and featured a slate gray background. Around this time we began featuring banner ads for new TurboSquid products.

The year 2008 brought more improvements including a new support, chat and Knowledge Base system and 24/7 support via LiveChat.

In summer 2009, we introduced a new search interface that allows you to start out with a general search and then refine and filter the results by product type, compatibility, price, ratings, artist and more.

A few months later the SquidGuild was born along with SquidLevels, and the website sported a new design we call Alabaster. It featured a wider screen and a clean white background on Member pages, My Files and Company tabs.

We continue to improve the appearance and operation of TurboSquid over time, and there will certainly be more changes to come.

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