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22. April 2020

Today we are looking at TreeIt, a completely free Windows application for creating game textured and multi-LOD models in just a few seconds.  TreeIt is made by Evolved Software and has the following features:

  • Very easy to create top quality 3D trees models.
  • Create any tree, not limited to just one tree type.
  • Edit each joint as well as break joints.
  • Render to image for leaf creation.
  • Adjustable LOD.
  • Exports to *.dbo *.fbx *.obj *.x .
  • Free.

While TreeIt ships with several textures making it easy to get started creating trees, you can also download several preconfigured trees from the tree library.  Check out TreeIt in action in the video below, including a quick step by step tutorial on importing your model into the Godot game engine.

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21. April 2020

bforartists 2.0 was just released.  bforartists is a fork of Blender aimed at making Blender more usable for artists, new users and indie developers with a series of changes including new keymaps, icons, workflow and completely new documentation.

Key changes over traditional Blender include:

  • custom key mapping
  • mouse only navigation (great for touch screens like the Surface)
  • widget manipulation with cursor off widget
  • keymaps can switch between BForArtists and Blender
  • theme has coloured icons and increased contrast
  • icons in menus, 2x more icons
  • removal of duplicate menus, if its in toolshelf, it’s not in the menu
  • menus for all hotkey only items (such as Text->Move Cursor)
  • reduced number of workspace templates
  • left aligned text in menus such as toolbox
  • lock camera to view icon
  • primitive toolbar in 3D viewport, customizable and dynamic to mode
  • bforartist targeted at beginners and indie developers, not pros
  • PDF manuals (WIP) with more detail, in PDFs

Learn more about the 2.0 release here.  You can check out bforartists in action in the video below.  The documentation is currently a WIP and is available here.

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20. April 2020

There is a new Humble Bundle of interest to game developers, the Humble Applied Math Productivity by Mercury Learning bundle is a collection of mathematics related e-books. As with all Humble Bundles, this one is organized into tiers, including:

1$ Tier

  • · Dimensional Analysis for Unit Conversion Using MATLAB
  • · Numeric Methods in Engineering and Science
  • · Algebra Essentials
  • · Mathematical Physics: An Introduction
  • · Foundations of Physics
  • · Research Methods for Information Systems
  • · Linear Algebra

8$ Tier

  • · Essentials of Modern Algebra
  • · RFModule
  • · The Special Theory of Relativity
  • · Foundations of Mathematics: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus
  • · Mathematical Methods for Physics
  • · Excel Functions and Formulas
  • · Applied Linear Algebra and Optimization using MATLAB
  • · Finite Element Analysis A Primer
  • · Optimization using Linear Programming

15$ Tier

  • · Multivariable Vector Calculus
  • · Structural Steel Design
  • · Mathematics for Computer Graphics and Game Programming
  • · Geometry Creation and Import
  • · Flight Science
  • · Direct Energy Conversion Technologies
  • · Cluster Analysis and Data Mining
  • · Commutative Algebra
  • · Comsol: Heat Transfer Models

As with all Humble Bundles, you decide how your money is allocated, between Humble, charity, the publisher and if you so choose (and thanks so much if you do!) to support GFS if purchased using this link. You can learn more about this bundle in the video below.

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20. April 2020

Today we are checking out Ct.js, a cross platform open source 2D game engine/editor.  Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Ct.js is a surprisingly full featured and easy to use game engine with a modular full level editor, easy programming and excellent documentation.  It’s source code is available on GitHub under the MIT open source library, along with complete building instructions.

We go hands-on with Ct.js in the video below.

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18. April 2020

Today we are taking a look at Spaceship Generator, an open source procedural space ship creator add-on for Blender. Spaceship generator can automatically create a variety of space craft, like the ones below.


The above link is for Blender 2.7x only. Fortunately a user has created a Blender 2.8x compatible port that is available here on GitHub.

In the video below we demonstrate Spaceship Builder in action as well as showing how it can be installed and used.

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