Google Ends Support Of ‘Tilt Brush,’ Software Now Open Source

The long-running VR painting app will cease receiving updates as the company opens the project up to the public.

Google this week announced that it will be ending its support for its genre-defining VR painting app, Tilt Brush by Google, marking the end of a historic era for the immersive art & design scene.

In an official statement released yesterday by Tim Aidley, Software Engineer, and Jon Corralejo, Program Manager for Tilt Brush, the pair stated that while the 3D painting software will remain available for purchase via major VR app stores, the team will be ending active development on the app. But when one door closes another one opens.

“As we continue to build helpful and immersive AR experiences, we want to continue supporting the artists using Tilt Brush by putting it in your hands,” states Aidley and Corralejo in the official statement. “This means open-sourcing Tilt Brush, allowing everyone to learn how we built the project, and encouraging them to take it in directions that are near and dear to them.”

Users can now access the Tilt Brush code via GitHub, allowing anyone the chance to build their own features and customizations. According to Google, certain features had to be removed due to licensing restrictions, though the company has provided instructions on how to manually add them back.

Despite having only been available for a short time, developers have already begun sharing their own experimental features and additions to the uber-popular 3D art app. One team even whipped up a working multiplayer prototype for multi-person art sessions.

In the words of Tilt Brush co-creator Patrick Hackett: “To some, this may look like the end of Tilt Brush. To me, this is immortality.”

For more information on this week’s update visit here. You can find the Tilt Brush code here.

Feature Image Credit: Blog.Google

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