Goal for the testing was to enliven the scenery which had until now only static human characters. AXYZ Design's an(i)ma is a very easy to use and powerful tool for creating simple to low complex crowd simulations. It offers a direct connection to 3ds Max and
Cinema 4D but has also the option to export the created animation through different options (one of them is MDD cache which works best for modo).
The tool in its free (trail) version offers different characters and poses/ animations to use and you can create walking animations inculding stairs as well as standing (fixed point) animations. an(i)ma has also options for sitting or walking through doors.
It is a great and relatively affordable tool to populate an animation. But it also has it's weak points. For example, you can not adjust the single step sizes of a stair and need at least 2 steps. In the Temple scene, we have some stairs that have irregular steps which did not work with the settings that an(i)ma offers. But otherwise the tool is really great, so try it yourself!
See more to the project here.