... I still have my original Bryce 1 floppy disks somewhere.
@angusm - You ought to do a UVMapper of that Bryce 1.0 floppy disk for us.
I’m not sure I understand. UVMapper—at least the one I’m familiar with—was a tool for generating templates from .obj meshes. I don’t know how I’d go about “doing a UVMapper” of a disk.
If you have in mind making a disk image of the disk, I probably can’t really do that either. Even though anyone with any interest in that product has probably long ago moved on to other things and I wouldn’t be hurting their sales by distributing an image, it would still technically be a copyright violation. It would be just my luck to suddenly get a lawyer’s letter from Enliven (the company that MetaCreations eventually turned into) informing me of their intent to sue me for fifteen gazillion dollars for the irreparable harm and damage I had caused them by duplicating a twenty-year-old floppy disk.
I’d actually be curious to see if Bryce 1.0 can run under any of the various Mac emulators out there. I suspect that the experience of getting it running and then using it would be painful, though.
UV-Mapper is free, you just need good images of your disk via a good camera or a scanner. Nothing that will endanger the disk, other than your own handling of it while you do this. Someone sent me links to it in this post:
While at that post, go back a few pages to see some of the things people have done with it to make Bryce objects.
It creates meshes from images and exports as obj. It’s not the easiest to use application, but it’s not like you have to install it ... it’s a single executable. Uninstalling it is as simple as deleting that single file. (Um, I think, but I may be getting confused with another helpful tool that enhances Bryce.)
I’m not at all asking for a copy of the disk or the data it contains ... just basically a photo-realistic image of the disk itself. No copyright violations, please. Um, I guess I’m assuming it has an official Bryce label ... probably saying something about Corel instead of DAZ. Otherwise it’s just a floppy, and who cares?
As far as that goes, You real don’t need UV-Mapper to make a realistic Bryce model of real life objects that don’t have a lot of surface changes, if you can get good, flat images of them. While you’re looking back at those previous posts, mine is the one with a Milk Duds box, and it had nothing to do with UV-Mapper. It’s just six overlapping primitive cubes, each with a different face material made from a single flat image of a Milk Duds box. I’m sure you can safely and easily do that. Since a floppy is so flat, you really just need two images, front and back. UV-Mapper would have allowed me to use one mesh object instead.
I promise you, if you make a Bryce model of that disk, and send your image to that same thread that post is in, you will get tons of respectful praise. It really is a rare thing you have, and this is about the only group in the world that would really show proper appreciation. Not sure if any of us would pay fifteen gazillion anything even to own it, but we’d all like to marvel at it.
Don’t make me beg, dang it.