Not sure if it has been mentioned, but I’ll post this from the Xara Website:
Xara Xtreme is the perfect graphics tool for all your drawing, photo and design needs. Whether you want to create illustrations, edit your photos, layout a brochure or create some web graphics, Xara Xtreme’s fast and easy to use design tools make it a pleasure to be creative.
Now you can get Xara Xtreme 5 for FREE! Yes, it’s true, completely free, no charge whatsover! This is the full download version of Xara Xtreme 5, as previously sold for $89!
You can read a bit more about what was new in v1 - v5, but why not just download it now for free and give it a try!
The offer will only last until 29th April 2013, so don’t hesitate!
Is LibreOffice in here anywhere?
I was planning to purchase an office suite so I can get my stonework invoices set up in a job tracking environment. I like writing in Excel, but I was hoping to find something a bit lighter on my wallet. I wasn’t even looking for a free suite. I have been using OpenOffice.org for years and really liked it, being free and all - and I thought that they did a great job. Reading some reviews on the software I was looking to buy, and one reviewer said, in regards to the software I was considering: “If you want to do any opening of MS Office files, don’t buy this - get LibreOffice instead. So I checked the link and it turned out to be a version spawned off of OpenOffice some years back(?), don’t really recall the details. I checked out the advertisements and thought I’d give it a try.
The one thing I was trying to get away from as far as OpenOffice is concerned, is the long load times. If I couldn’t find a faster or better solution, so be it - as I feel that OpenOffice is a very good product. But Libre was SO much faster - very complete and friendly… I went back to where I downloaded it and submit a donation for each of my three computers, each time I downloaded it - just to help the cause. I think it’s fantastic!
Can I use ANY of this in Carrara or DS ?
and Gmax is like done - gone long ago - it was pretty good for games stuff years ago ( many years ago ).
Well… no. not at all.
If this thread only contained links to stuff you can use directly in Carrara and/or DS it would be somewhat short, wouldn’t it?
At the time that I posted that, there was quite a bit of discussion going on with some friends of mine regarding games and content for games, conversions, etc., and yes… GMax was done long ago - to a point where you couldn’t even make it work any more if you had to reinstall it - as they weren’t giving authorization codes out anymore. When I discovered that TurboSquid gained access to authorize its use again (which likely happened some time ago - without my realizing it), I found it interesting enough to post here. It’s free and it makes life easier, if you plan to get into game model tweaking. It operates an amazingly similar to how 3ds Max 5 worked - which is pretty cool.
free texture tiling proggie, haven’t used it yet
might be handy if the texture sizes are big enough on output?
but it says:
Many programs available today can create seamless tiles, i.e. images that can be matched up together making a pattern with no hard edges or borders being apparent. The sTile software tile creator does this job, but it is different in that it is based on gradients where colors gradually merge together creating a 3D look to your tiles.
It is also a very artistic tool that provides a huge number of filters and distortions that you can use on your images creating unimaginable effects on the appearance of your tiles. sTile’s Multi Gradient Designer feature has been updated in this version 2.7 of the program so that it now provides you with an unlimited number of colors. The developer of sTile describes it as “a creativity exploration tool”, and in this he is correct. After uploading your image of choice, try out a few of the different settings in various combinations. You won’t be disappointed. If you love playing with color, the transformations you will be able to do using sTile will certainly provide you with a variety of bright colorful images. Once you discover a combination you like, the newly created image can be saved, and you can create as many different designs from one original image as you want to as the combinations are almost infinite. The program includes a help file for your guidance