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Software for aspiring Modelers
« on: March 03, 2006, 02:58:39 pm »
Hey you all, i figured i would make a quick list of stuff that peps might find handy to get started:


3d programs:

    Free

    [li] Blender free and open source, exports to a variety of formats (not .mod) [/li]

    [li] Gmax not sure what it can export to, but it is free ;)[/li]

    [li] Wings 3D [/li]

    [li] Zmodeler2 [/li]

    [li] POV-Ray [/li] (Syntax based, no GUI)

    [li] KPovModeler [/li] Like pov ray but w/ a GUI

    [li] Anim8or [/li]
    [/list]

      Trial

      [li] Milkshape 30 day free trial, $25 1 time fee[/li]

      [li] 3ds Max 30 day free trial, requires registration[/li]
      [/list]

        Purchase

        [li] Milkshape 30 day free trial, $25 1 time fee[/li]

        [li] 3d Studio max 7 Students (accredited institutions) $589, retail $3,495 (note your best bet would be to find a versionof 4.0 or 4.2 on ebay or something) [/li]

        [li] lightwave Student (accredited institutions) $395, Retail $1,595 (again try ebay)[/li]
        [li] Zmodeler2 [/li] $42
        [/list]

        2d programs:

          Free

          [li] Gimp never tried it, supposadly very good[/li]

          [li] Gimpshop more like photo shop, only for mac (also never tried) [/li]

          [li] Irfanview Image editing software, very good at resizing [/li]
          [/list]

            Trial

            [li] Adobe Photoshop CS 30 day trial [/li]

            [li] Paint Shop Pro 30 day trial[/li]

            [li] Freehand for specialised 2D graphics and print layout tasks, 30 day trial [/li]
            [/list]

              Purchase

              [li] Photoshop CS2 Student (accredited institutions only ) $289, Retail $599 [/li]
              [li] Paintshop Pro $99 [/li]

              [/list]

              Other

                Free

                [li] lithunwrap Used w/ milkshape for UV mapping [/li]

                [/list]

                  Trial
                  [li] ulitimate unwrap 3d[/li]
                  [/list]

                    Purchase
                    [li] ulitimate unwrap 3d[/li] $50
                    [/list]

                    Plugins
                      Free
                      [li] Model Tools for SFC Mod viewer, max plugins, SFC3 mod tools [/li]
                      [li] Assimsoft Milkshape Plugins [/li]
                      [li] POV-Ray include file exporter plug-in for milkshape 3D [/li]
                      [/list]

                        Trial
                        [/list]

                          Purchase
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                          Add ons
                            Free
                            [li] the galaxy include file for POV-Ray [/li]

                            [/list]

                              Trial
                              [/list]

                                Purchase
                                [/list]



                                I'm sure i missed some stuff, so please add if ya got things that might help ;)
                                « Last Edit: March 06, 2006, 03:57:44 pm by Tus »
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006, 03:33:36 pm »
                                I would add this to the list as well

                                Ultimate Unwrap 3d

                                http://www.unwrap3d.com/downloads.aspx

                                It cost 50.00 USD, for the full registered version, but it supposedly will import and export in over 50 different common formats with downloadable plugins.


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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #2 on: March 03, 2006, 03:44:40 pm »
                                Nice, thanks alot Tus.

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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #3 on: March 03, 2006, 06:11:26 pm »
                                Here is another free 3D package, comprable to Milkeshape but can't export to mod.

                                http://www.zmodeler2.com/index.php

                                I know 1.07 is free and workable, I just found that version 2 is out there now, I am downloading it as I type
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #4 on: March 03, 2006, 06:26:57 pm »
                                whats the difference between Lightwave, and Lightscape ?? I have em both as well as Max 3.1, and 5 but I do most of my work in milkshape only using Max to refine some details.
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #5 on: March 03, 2006, 06:34:37 pm »
                                If I might add (all free):

                                Assimsoft Milkshape Plugins
                                POV-Ray include file exporter plug-in for milkshape 3D

                                POV-Ray
                                the galaxy include file for POV-Ray

                                Wings 3D

                                (thread added to consolidated stickies post... great idea Tus!  :thumbsup:)

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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #6 on: March 03, 2006, 07:22:18 pm »
                                If I might add (all free):

                                Assimsoft Milkshape Plugins
                                POV-Ray include file exporter plug-in for milkshape 3D

                                POV-Ray
                                the galaxy include file for POV-Ray

                                Wings 3D

                                (thread added to consolidated stickies post... great idea Tus!  :thumbsup:)


                                Thanks, and all the stuff you provided has been added to the first post :)
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #7 on: March 04, 2006, 08:32:27 am »
                                GMAX was on the ball.. if you have a copy keep it close to your chest... as it is no longer available, discreet binned the project in november, and no longer allow it to be downloaded  :'(

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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #8 on: March 04, 2006, 10:44:37 am »
                                GMAX was on the ball.. if you have a copy keep it close to your chest... as it is no longer available, discreet binned the project in november, and no longer allow it to be downloaded  :'(
                                WTF?!  WHY?!  It was such a great idea!  I'll bet the guys at Autodesk just didn't like the idea of giving away something like that for free. :cuss:

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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #11 on: March 05, 2006, 06:31:26 pm »
                                Looking good Tus...


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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #12 on: March 05, 2006, 06:47:31 pm »
                                Don't forget the 1st program I used...Anim8or. Easy controls, good tutorials and free...plus exports to .3ds and I believe it might do .lwo. Here's a link http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #13 on: March 05, 2006, 08:09:26 pm »
                                Don't forget the 1st program I used...Anim8or. Easy controls, good tutorials and free...plus exports to .3ds and I believe it might do .lwo. Here's a link http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html


                                added... if anyone knows of more 2d proggies i think that might be useful to ;)
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #14 on: March 06, 2006, 11:46:49 am »
                                I use Irfanview very heavily, especially to make damage textures.

                                http://www.irfanview.com/

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                                Now I use Word. It is not as effeicient but I can still get by with it.
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #16 on: March 06, 2006, 01:03:59 pm »
                                I'm a fan of Freehand for specialised 2D graphics and print layout tasks.

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                                « Reply #17 on: March 06, 2006, 01:36:20 pm »
                                all added :)
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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #18 on: March 06, 2006, 03:51:44 pm »
                                Freehand is not free (despite the name). There is a 30 day trial though.

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                                Re: Software for aspiring Modelers
                                « Reply #19 on: March 07, 2006, 11:24:35 am »
                                You forgot Rhino.
                                And MS3d is as good as any for basic modeling as long as you know how to use it.

                                made pretty much all the way in milkshape, finetuned in LW.
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                                (LCamaral textures though)
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