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Posted: 29 August 2012 08:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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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

thanks I will check that out
mind mapping software is a blessing

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Posted: 29 August 2012 08:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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http://www.meshmixer.com/index.html

mesh mixer - you’ve probably seen it but great to play with, you could export a posed Daz figure and tweak it to youtr heart’s content

is a free tool for making crazy-ass 3D stuff without too much hassle. Or boring stuff too. You decide

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Posted: 29 August 2012 09:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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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.

Bryce was actually the first program I am aware of (that didn’t cost a fortune) that did work with DEM’s. I had played with it and I haven’t played with Bryce in over 10 years. The article below talks about it in v4, but iirc, one could do it in 2.x or 3.x but the process of getting ahold of the DEM’s at the time, and then converting/bringing them in was a bit complex.

http://www.shadedrelief.com/bryce/large.html

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Posted: 20 September 2012 11:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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just starting exploring HDri’s .... and found

this old Carrara 3 article is worth a read re HDRi

http://www.hdrvfx.com/tutorials/3dxtract_aug04_HDRI.pdf

also http://ict.debevec.org/~debevec/HDRShop/tutorial/tutorial5.html

could be of interest

but HDRshop no longer seems to be free for non commercial use tho ugh

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Posted: 20 September 2012 11:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Bryce was actually the first program I am aware of (that didn’t cost a fortune) that did work with DEM’s.

As I said, it doesn’t work with DEM’s directly - they have to be converted.  IIRC - haven’t needed to use it in a while -  Wilbur converts DEM’s directly to heightmaps, which can be used in Bryce and any other software that uses heightmaps.

EDIT:

Now I remember - get the DEM from USGS, unpack in 3DEM (also free), process in Wilbur, heightmap to Bryce.  Here’s a quickie of a corner of Utah done in Bryce:roll::)

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Posted: 23 September 2012 01:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Not specific to only 3D or Carrara:

- “search everything”  = fast, easy, HDD searches

- “QTTabBar” = adds tabs to win explorer (not IE explorer, but dir/folders) and has many features; I leave it on all the time. It says v1.5 beta but it has been solid for a year.

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Posted: 23 September 2012 06:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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DougS - 23 September 2012 01:01 PM

Not specific to only 3D or Carrara:

- “search everything”  = fast, easy, HDD searches

- “QTTabBar” = adds tabs to win explorer (not IE explorer, but dir/folders) and has many features; I leave it on all the time. It says v1.5 beta but it has been solid for a year.

Doug.S

I use both of these constantly.

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Posted: 23 September 2012 11:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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My personal favourite Wings3D:

http://www.wings3d.com/

You might ask why you’d want this when you got Hexagon for free. It’s just a matter of taste really. Wings is a very basic box modelling tool that always seemed really straight forward to me. Its still my modeller of choice.

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Posted: 03 October 2012 10:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Megacal put me onto this one: thanks Cal!

Top Mod

TopMod is based on a new paradigm that allows dynamically changing the topology of 2-manifold polygonal meshes. The new paradigm always guarantees topological consistency of polygonal meshes.

Based on our paradigm, by simply adding and deleting edges,handles can be created and deleted, holes can be opened or closed, polygonal meshes can be connected or disconnected. These edge insertion and edge deletion operations are highly consistent with subdivision algorithms. In particular, these operations can easily be included into a subdivision modeling system such that the topological changes and subdivision operations can be performed alternatively during model construction.

TopMod demonstrates practical examples of topology changes based on this new paradigm and show that the new paradigm is convenient, effective, efficient, and friendly to subdivision surfaces.

looks interesting.

No Manual but tuts are available via Youtube

Examples of work produced

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nsa_dFhRBE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp0ZPqFJ3O0&feature=relmfu

link to downloads http://code.google.com/p/topmod/downloads/list

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Posted: 05 October 2012 05:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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-_Milo_- - 29 August 2012 12:08 AM

Another good Editor I have been using is http://www.editpadlite.com/ free for personal use

Thanks for the link. Another good free notepad software is Notepad++.
Free terrain generator - L3DT

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Posted: 14 October 2012 01:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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this is a score
I;ve been looking for a free program that will export ai files that can be read in the spline room for ages

http://www.microsoft.com/expression/expression-design/Default.aspx

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Posted: 26 October 2012 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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After experimenting with numerous back up solutions this very powerful and free back solution has been the best thus far Cobian’s backup http://www.cobiansoft.com/index.htm

Hope it helps some

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Posted: 11 January 2013 03:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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free cs2 goodies inc illustrator fo your vector drawings to import into spline room….

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

they are old versions but mightbe handy ?

suggestion: be quick?

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Posted: 11 January 2013 03:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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-_Milo_- - 25 August 2012 05:10 PM

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/

you might like

http://www.wxcommander.com/

or the one ive used for several years   http://www.freecommander.com/

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Posted: 12 January 2013 04:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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head wax - 14 October 2012 01:23 AM

this is a score
I;ve been looking for a free program that will export ai files that can be read in the spline room for ages

http://www.microsoft.com/expression/expression-design/Default.aspx

Good find, now free, previously sold for 149$, reviewed here:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403940,00.asp
Bottom Line
Web design app Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Web Professional costs than half the price of Dreamweaver CS6, yet it offers most of its features of its more muscular competitor, in a clearer, more efficient interface.

Direct link to Microsoft Expression Design 4 (Free Version):
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179

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