Antics has just released V4, a tool for visualization through animation. The new lighting system allows shadows to be cast, adding depth and realism. At the touch of a button you can create incredible atmosphere and amazing effects.
It is now possible to command your characters to interact with each other. You can tell your actors to hug, kiss, shake hands, all from a simple menu. The intelligent path planning in Antics has been improved to ensure characters take the optimum route to their destination. Animation has also been improved to make a characters transition between states appear more natural. Many usability and workflow enhancements have been made to the Google SketchUp importer and it's easier to use.
The Antics V3.1 BasePack and ProPack have been replaced by Antics V4 Home and Professional. The Home version is a standalone product, still free to download and is not time limited. The Professional version is $295, and includes the full range of importers (.3ds, .skp, .fbx, .bvh).