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Posted: 25 August 2012 05:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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WinDirStat Similar to Folder listed above and I have used it for years - http://windirstat.info/
VisiPics - Finds Duplicates (beyond Just duplicates, similar pictures even duplicates of different sizes and formats) and other functions - http://www.visipics.info/index.php?title=Main_Page
Feed Reader - RSS reader.  I started using Carrara Cafe and since it supports RSS I use that to see if there are any new posts. http://www.feedreader.com/

I use Total Commander (which isn’t free, its like the old norton commander but on Steroids) I don’t know if anyone has seen a ‘good’ replacement that I can recommend to people.  Again this isn’t free but in case someone has a recommended alternative the link is here http://www.ghisler.com/

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Posted: 25 August 2012 05:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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WinDirStat looks interesting…...very colorful, almost 3D….more info at a glance.

Thanks,  will check it out. wink

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Posted: 25 August 2012 06:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Roygee - 25 August 2012 12:12 PM

Ah yes, how could I forget that one red face

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

thanks Roy gee!

here’s some 3d knot makers

http://www.stevenabbott.co.uk/Knots/knottyer3d.html

 

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Posted: 26 August 2012 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Utility:
BBFlashBack Express http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/  screen capture, great for demos
Stickies http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/index.html  sticky notes for Windows desktop, stop writing stuff on scap paper

DEM utilities for 3d terrains:
Micodem http://www.usna.edu/Users/oceano/pguth/website/microdem/microdem.htm
VTBuilder http://vterrain.org/Doc/VTBuilder/overview.html
3DEM http://freegeographytools.com/2009/3dem-website-is-gone-but-3dem-still-available-here
Wilbur http://www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/wilbur.html

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Posted: 26 August 2012 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Wilbur used in conjunction with the free version of Terragen 2   http://www.planetside.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30&Itemid=170
is fantastic for terrains

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Posted: 26 August 2012 01:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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cdordoni,

thanks for the DEMs apps links…......still trying to get a realistic Martian landscape.

Hope to find some Martians…...before they find me! shock

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Posted: 26 August 2012 01:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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cdordoni   I know this is a thread in the Carrara forum, but do any of those DEM apps also work with Bryce, do you know.  Pretty please.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 04:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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chohole - 26 August 2012 01:30 PM

cdordoni   I know this is a thread in the Carrara forum, but do any of those DEM apps also work with Bryce, do you know.  Pretty please.

They should work with Bryce as well. I think to find out which formats work the best is a matter of trial and error, so be prepared to have some patience.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 04:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Thanks for thei nformation.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 11:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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I don’t believe DEM works directly in Bryce, certainly not in Carrara.  Use Wilbur to convert DEM to height-map and it’ll work in any 3d app that does height-maps.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 11:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Freemind
http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

this is great mind mapping software.
Great for writing, planning a big project or even linking to images.

You can use it to help eg study an art movement because each thread of the mapping software can linkto an image, a web page, a word doc etc,
So you could use it to eg map out links to a bunch of threads on posing, rendering

It’s main advantage is that ideas are mapped out in an image format., as opposed to a linear, down the page approach.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 10:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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head wax - 26 August 2012 11:36 PM

Freemind
http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

this is great mind mapping software.
Great for writing, planning a big project or even linking to images.

You can use it to help eg study an art movement because each thread of the mapping software can linkto an image, a web page, a word doc etc,
So you could use it to eg map out links to a bunch of threads on posing, rendering

It’s main advantage is that ideas are mapped out in an image format., as opposed to a linear, down the page approach.

FreePlane (a Freemind derivative with additional features), http://freeplane.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Dia, a flowcharting tool https://live.gnome.org/Dia

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Posted: 27 August 2012 10:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Roygee - 26 August 2012 11:23 PM

I don’t believe DEM works directly in Bryce, certainly not in Carrara.  Use Wilbur to convert DEM to height-map and it’ll work in any 3d app that does height-maps.

Good point.

There are so many terrain or DEM formats its hard to keep them all straight, and remember which apps can use a specific format.

The 8-bit heightmap is supported in almost all 3d apps. To reduce the stairstep effect, 16-bit heightmaps are better, if the application can read and use the 16-bit data.

 

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Posted: 27 August 2012 10:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Probably everyone already has this, but just in case!

For content creation, cleaning up clumsily executed free files, batching mats out of one shader, or absolutely any other text editing function, Notepad++.

I can’t count the number of times this has saved my bum when it came to fixing incorrect references in an entire tree of subfoldered files - for basic or advanced text editing this thing is incredible.

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Posted: 29 August 2012 12:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Another good Editor I have been using is http://www.editpadlite.com/ free for personal use

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