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25. June 2019


Once again, Steam’s annual summer sale is upon us, and of course loads of software of interest for game developers are on offer.  This guide highlights some of the items on sale.  Many of these programs we’ve covered in the pass.  In those cases, click the Learn More link to… learn more.

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24. June 2019


There is a sale on Humble containing several applications of interest to game developers.  The sale started today, June 24th and runs for 7 days.  The following is a list of applications most interesting to game developers, as well as links to any prior coverage we have done on that topic if it’s available.

The links above contain affiliate tags, meaning any purchase helps GFS.  All software will give you a Steam key.  Keep in mind the Steam Summer Sale is coming soon, stay tuned as we will profile game development software featured in that sale once launched.

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14. June 2019


Hot on the heels of the somewhat underwhelming 2020 release, Autodesk have just released the newest update to the seminal 3D modeling application, 3DS MAX 2020.1.  They have also updated their roadmap, showing future development priorities for the application.  The biggest and possibly most game changing new feature of this release is the ability to detach and support up to 3 different viewports, making multiple monitor configurations so much more capable.

Primary features of the 2020.1 release:

There are also several bug fixes and improvements fully detailed in the release notes.  As mentioned earlier, Autodesk also updated their development roadmap, which is available here.

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12. June 2019


Gravit Designer 2019-2 has just been released.  Gravit Designer is a vector based graphics application, available both on the web as well as downloadable for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome.  It is available in both free and pro editions.  The 2019-2 release brings several new features, including translations for a dozen popular languages, which should be autodetected in the web based version based off your browser settings.  The release also includes improved PDF support, Unsplash photo integration and more.

Full details from the release notes:

New features
  • Hallo, Bonjour, もしもし and Merhaba: As already teased (by accident) in the last release, Gravit Designer now comes with these twelve additional languages, available from Help → Language: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Czech, Dutch, Japanese, and Turkish. This makes a total of 14 languages in your favorite design tool.
    • On top of that, the correct language is automatically detected from the browser language, so you should see the correct translation by default.
  • Unsplash photo integration: To give you even more options to work on your projects without needing to leave Gravit Designer, you can now add photos directly from the Unsplash photos category in the Libraries. Either click on a photo to insert it or drag it to the canvas.
    • When having a shape selected on the canvas while clicking on a photo, it gets added as a texture fill.
    • Additionally, when holding Alt it gets masked to the selected shape.
    • Of course you can also search for photos and for some inspiration the dropdown list lets you choose from a range of categories.
Improvements
  • To simplify adding images to your designs, JPEGs and PNGs can now be opened directly from File → Open file… without needing to use File → Import → Place.
  • Generally improved PDF import.
  • Multiple improvements to duplicating pages in Multipage Mode:
    • Duplicating with Ctrl/Cmd + D places the page after the last page, not in between other pages.
    • Duplicating with Alt-dragging or moving it places the page exactly where dragging stops.
    • A subsequent number now gets added to the name of the duplicated page (MyPage → MyPage 1). If duplicating a page that already has a number in the name, “.1” is added (MyPage 1 → MyPage 1.1).
    • The bounding box of subsequent pages is now correctly respected.
    • Hovering over pages now shows a selection box to clarify what will be selected when clicking (unrelated to duplicating).
  • The interface font of Gravit Designer no includes Cyrillic characters.
Bugfixes
  • Fixed some last bugs for printing.
  • Window functions (Minimize, Restore Down and Close) work correctly again in the Windows desktop version.
  • Pages that have a Master Page assigned show the content outside of the page’s boundaries correctly.
  • Solved a problem that JPEGs were exported with wrong header information.
  • Solved some drawing issues with the Freehand and Freehand Shaping tool.
  • Fixed that some categories in the Libraries show a large gap before the actual assets start.
  • Resending the email confirmation works correctly again. DEV-2571
  • The Preserve editing capabilities for SVG files option for SVGs in the Export dialog doesn’t hang the Export dialog anymore.
  • Fixed that certain files show an incorrect warning for missing fonts.

You can learn more about this release and see Gravit Designer in action in the video below.  You can run Gravit Designer directly in your browser right here.

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6. June 2019


Serif have just released version 1.7 of both of their flagship applications, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.  These tools provide excellent alternatives to Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator with a much lower, pay once price tag.  The 1.7 update applies to all platforms, Windows, Mac and iOS.

Affinity Photo changes:

  • Big performance increases across Mac, Windows and iPad
  • Pen and dial support for Surface devices
  • HDR / EDR monitor support
  • At least 2x faster loading of RAW files
  • More effective noise reduction, hot pixel removal and wide colour space development
  • New Sub Brushes to combine multiple brushes in a single stroke
  • Symmetry (up to 32-way) is now supported - including on-canvas controls and optional mirroring
  • On the fly nozzle rotation now available with shortcut keys
  • New “Procedural texture” and “Voronoi” filter effects
  • Live filter effects have been rewritten to improve performance
  • An all-new HSL adjustment layer has been added, supporting custom hue ranges, new UI and picker controls
  • Layers studio revamp
  • Alternate futures for document history
  • HEIF images can now be loaded, including loading of any depth map
  • Added support for 12bit and 16bit CMYK TIFF files
  • New Assets Panel available to store and drag and drop regularly used assets


Affinity Designer changes:

  • Big performance increases across Mac, Windows and iPad
  • Pen and dial support for Surface devices
  • HDR / EDR monitor support
  • Create and edit directly in any isometric plane
  • Arrowheads!
  • New transform mode in Node tool
  • Lasso selection of nodes
  • New sculpt mode added to pencil
  • Add unlimited strokes and fills to a single shape
  • New point tranform tool
  • Many grid improvements, including a new cube grid and column guides
  • Many PSD import / export improvements
  • Layers studio revamp
  • Pixel persona now supports sub-brushes and symmetry (up to 32-way)
  • Alternate futures for document history


Learn more in the video below.

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