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If you are interested in development progress/details, you might want to check developer blogs here and notes here.

  • 30 January 2008
    Xface Toolkit v1.0 is available.

    Finally, we have our 1.0 release. We would like to thank our community for their continuous support and bug reports.

  • 05 December 2007

    Compiler and Library Upgrades

    • Upgraded to free VC++ 2008 Express compiler. It is easier to install than previous (2005) free compiler. Please use wxFaceEd-90.sln from now on.
    • Upgraded to wxWidgets 2.8.7
    • Upgraded to xerces-c 2.8.0 (x86-windows-vc_8_0)

     

  • 02 November 2007
    New release for Xface Toolkit v0.98 is available.

    This version adds support for high level FAPs (FAPs 1 and 2 for viseme and expression). Also contains various (one major) bug fixes.

  • 17 August 2007: Multimedia 2007
    Xface Project has been short listed (finalist!) as one of the four projects in Open Source Project Competition in this year's ACM Multimedia 2007 conference. We will be presenting and having a demo in the conference. See http://mmc36.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/acmmm2007/  for conference details.

  • 17 August 2007: Work in progress notes published
    Xface work in progress notes (bugs, feature lists, etc) on Xface project development are posted in this link.

  • 17 July 2007
    New release for Xface Toolkit v0.95 is available.

    This version reflects eye fix (see below entry) and other bug fixes along with new look and feel and arrangement in GUI. Please see changelog in sourceforge for more detail.

  • 07 May 2007 : New Eyes for Alice
    Rossana Baptista Queiroz, who is working with eye animation and expressiveness as her graduation project submitted a patch to fix the problems (which were on our todo list forever) in eye motion in MPEG-4 FAP mode. Her work also is inserted in a research project named Virtus, in her university, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos -http://www.unisinos.br -- São Leopoldo, Brazil), where the Cromos Lab works mainly with crowd simulation. Thanks for her timesaving help and contribution to Xface.

  • 07 May 2007 : DECALOG 2007
    Our poster submission for DECALOG 2007 workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue named "Enhancing System Communication through Synthetic Characters" is available online.
    [Paper]

  • 28 February 2007 : 3DTV 2007
    Our joint paper named "A Multimodal 3D Healthcare Communication System" is accepted for 3DTV conference special session: "3D Multimodal Interfaces: Applications on Edutainment, Medicine and Disabled".
    [Paper]

  • 18 December 2006
    New release for Xface Toolkit v0.94 is available.

    Now, we support external wav file in speech tags of SMIL-Agent with this release. At the moment, only one wav file per script is supported, soon it will be unlimited.


  • 12 September 2006
    Jose Gonzalez from Universidad de Malaga has successfully ported Xface to Linux platform. His contribution is very welcome, we are in the process of releasing an official Linux version now. Here is a screenshot of XfaceEd from Linux.
  • 21-23 August 2006
    XfaceEd and Alice appeared in GALA 2006 event at IVA conference. Here is the GALA finalists gallery.

  • 07 October 2005
    New release for Xface Toolkit v0.85 is available. A better support for SMIL-Agent scripting language, keyframe based animation, no dependency for playback (no need to find external tools for FAP generation), lots of bug fixes and new features. Check the downloads page!

  • 07 October 2005
    Presented two papers one about XfaceEd, named "XfaceEd: Authoring Tool for Embodied Conversational Agents" and one about SMIL-Agent scripting language, named "Synthetic Characters as Multichannel Interfaces" at ICMI 2005, held in Trento, Italy, between 4-6 October.
    [XfaceEd Paper] [SMIL-Agent Paper]

  • 25 August 2005
    Presented a paper named "Xface: Open Source Toolkit for Creating 3d Faces of an Embodied Conversational Agent" at SmartGraphics 2005 , held near Munich, Germany, between 22-24 August.
    [Paper]
  • 15 September 2004
    new version release 0.7; Now you can download only one setup file for the whole Xface Toolkit and install the components that you want. Also released a source code zip from the subversion server for people interested in stable snapshots. Check downloads page here or in SourceForge.
  • 18 August 2004
    As of today, we moved all the source control to our new Subversion server in our institute. We still plan to update the Sourceforge CVS repository for some time, however it won't be so frequent. For a daily snapshot of Xface please connect to http://xfacesvn.fbk.eu/svn using a client of Subversion. You can also browse the repository using your web browser from the same address.

    Xface Subversion server

    [related dev blog]
  • 8 June 2004
    Xface is in SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/xface/ .

    SourceForge.net Logo

  • 29 May 2004
    Presented a paper named "Xface: MPEG-4 based open source toolkit for 3d facial animation" at AVI04, Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, held in Gallipoli, Italy, between 25-28 May.
    [pdf] [abstract] [related dev blog]