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Posted: 23 August 2012 03:07 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The old forum used to have a similar thread - really handy stuff.
It would be good to start a new thread here


Here’s an oldie but a goody
P3dO explorer

http://www.senosoft.com/index.php

great for viewing image files but can also help you organise poser runtime and add thumbnails to car files…
so I am told

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Posted: 23 August 2012 07:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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never one not to flog a dead horse - and oldie buit goodie too
http://www.dualheights.se/caustics

caustics generator to use as gels on your lights

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Posted: 24 August 2012 01:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Heck, most of what I have is free - I’ll submit a list of my HD - start with Hexagon, Bryce, DS.  Lol

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Posted: 24 August 2012 02:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Roygee - 24 August 2012 01:18 AM

Heck, most of what I have is free - I’ll submit a list of my HD - start with Hexagon, Bryce, DS.  Lol

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you posted some good links on that last thread towards the end actually,

 

following link is for me Nasa models low calorie http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/models.html

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Posted: 24 August 2012 06:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Well, maybe someone starting out on a small budget can benefit.  First there are the essentials that every free-bie junkie should have;  Gimp, Sculptris, Poser Debut (is it still free?), Blender,  - these are easily found by Googling.

Then there are a bunch of single-use specialist apps that I occasionally use, keep handy and only install as required - some don’t need installing


Inkscape for vector drawing http://inkscape.org/
Uniconverter for converting Inkscape SVG to AIhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/uniconvertor/
Audacity for sound editing http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Wax for compositing video http://www.debugmode.com/wax/
VirtualDub for compiling sequential stills renders into video http://www.winportal.com/virtualdub?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=ZA-EN_JaviGoogle_VirtualDub
hme height map editor for designing custom terrains http://www.google.co.za/url?sa=f&rct=j&url=http://hme.sourceforge.net/&q=hme+height+map+editor&ei=pGo3UJuxL4qWhQfz8oD4Dg&usg=AFQjCNE5u_M4-m8y6v1gQ7fOrMRZaa3aTw
Picturenaught for making HDR http://www.winportal.com/picturenaut?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=ZA-EN_JaviGoogle_Picturenaut
Mapzone for generating procedural and normal maps http://www.mapzoneeditor.com/
NGPlant for generating custom plants http://ngplant.sourceforge.net/
Meshlab for great decimation and other mesh fixing operations that totally defy my understanding http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/

That should be enough to be getting on with grin

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Posted: 24 August 2012 06:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hello!

In the free to use tools set people should also add giants:

Editshare Lightworks ( www.lwks.com)

And most widely used color grading software

DaVinci Resolve Lite (www.blackmagicdesign.com)

Those are extremely powerful tools used in pro league and now is accessible to everyone in Lite versions while Lightworks pro version is a true bargain.

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Posted: 24 August 2012 07:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Folder Size .....easy to use, great visuals, very helpful. wink

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Posted: 24 August 2012 08:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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megacal - 24 August 2012 07:53 PM

Folder Size .....easy to use, great visuals, very helpful. wink

I loved FolderSize, pity it doesn’t work in Win7.

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Posted: 24 August 2012 09:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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pity it doesn’t work in Win7.

Don’t believe it…...works fine. Took about 15min to go through 530gb.  wink

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Posted: 25 August 2012 12:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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megacal - 24 August 2012 09:43 PM

pity it doesn’t work in Win7.

Don’t believe it…...works fine. Took about 15min to go through 530gb.  wink

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Ah, different FolderSize.  The one I meant integrates with Explorer and lets you replace the Size column with Folder Size.

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Posted: 25 August 2012 01:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Ah-ha. smile

No, didn’t know about that one.

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Posted: 25 August 2012 04:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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hey everyone smile

thanks for all the goodstuff smile

you know - most of the stuff I buy I never use - most of the free stuff I get I use a lot - go figure eh? smile
I’m really looking forward to sorting through this stuff

Roygee - you posted a link sometime ago for software that let you embed a road displacement on a terrain mesh - you recall what it was by chance - was k ind of handy

EDIt: Jetbird that Lightworks looks a charm http://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=182

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Posted: 25 August 2012 04:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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And don’t forget about good old http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ !

Free licensed software daily.  Got some real gems there.

Gotta check every day!  It’s mostly useless garbage - but they do graphics software periodically.  Worth the time to look daily.

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Posted: 25 August 2012 08:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Topmod.........may not make life easier, but sure is interesting!

On my “to do” list. wink

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Posted: 25 August 2012 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Do you count the free version of UVMapper   http://www.uvmapper.com/

and

UV Viewer http://d3d.sesseler.de/index.php?software=other&product=uv_viewer

As software ?

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Posted: 25 August 2012 12:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Ah yes, how could I forget that one red face

http://www.shapemagic.com/roadmaker/

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