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5. March 2019


Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code is one of the most popular cross platform open source code editors available today and for good reasons.  It’s fast, free, expandable and incredibly well supported.  Have you ever wanted to run Visual Studio Code remotely or perhaps host it as the editor in your own cloud based product?  Well now you can!

Available at Coder.com, its the alpha release of a completely virtualized hosted version of Visual Studio Code.  Remotely develop from any browser equipped machine by simply navigating to ide.coder.com.  You will be presented a nearly exact port of Visual Studio Code, except running in your browser and with the processing and storage done on a remote machine.  Best of all, it’s also currently completely free.

Don’t want to run your code on someone else’s machine?  That’s completely understandable and also not a problem, as this is an open source project that is MIT licensed and hosted on Github.  There are currently binaries available for Mac and Linux users with Windows coming soon.  You can download the appropriate binary version here.  There are also guides to hosting your own version on AWS or Google Cloud based servers, as well as guides on self hosting.

See Coder.com in action in the video below, including side by side comparisons with the desktop version of Code.

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16. February 2019


So many of the best games ever created use the Isometric graphic style.  Games such as Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2, Planescape Torment, Ultima 7, XCom and Diablo 1 and 2 are shining examples of games made in this style.  In this tutorial we show how you can easily create Isometric style maps using the excellent open source Tiled map editor.  We show how to import multiple tilesets, create an isometric tile map composed of multiple layers and how to define triggers and properties for use in your game.

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14. February 2019


If you’ve found yourself looking for a dedicated and free 3D modelling application, look no further than Rocket 3F.  Available for Windows powered computers, Rcoket3F has all of the functionality you would expect from a modern 3D application, in a streamlined but well documented interface.  Rocket is based on nvil which was previously known as VoidWorld.  Rocket 3F is full functioning in it’s free form, with a premium version available with advanced customization abilities.


Learn more about Rocket 3F in the video below:

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5. February 2019


With the recent Adobe acquisition of Allegorithmic, I researched alternatives to Substance Painter and Designer.  One of the most prominent entries was Mixer by Quixel, which is currently available completely free while in beta form.   Quixel Mixer is a PBR texture creation tool where you create textures using an easy to use layer based system.  It integrates with their Megascans texture collection, although it also supports importing your own PBR textures, plenty of which are available here for free.


Quixel Mixer Features:


Mix & match.


Mix textures to quickly come up with brand new materials, and match colors and reflectance values with a single click. The non-destructive layer system keeps things simple and tidy, and happy accidents have never been easier. Texturing is more fun than ever!

Seamless painting experience.


Unleash your creative potential with buttery-smooth painting. Accurately perform straight brush strokes with canvas or camera aligned painting in orthographic mode. With multi-channel painting and 32 bit sculpting, designing tileable PBR materials has never been easier.

Zero learning curve.


Mixer is designed from the ground up to be artist-friendly, intuitive, and extremely fast to pick up. Whip up stunning mixes in minutes, or design deeply advanced materials with incredible control—whether you are in a hurry or want to indulge, Mixer has got you covered.

Complete Megascans integration.


Instantly access the entire Megascans library directly within Mixer. Leverage Megascans to guarantee photorealistic base textures, or transform them into fantastic stylized assets effortlessly. Mixer and Megascans together give you virtually limitless creative possibilities.

Design any material imaginable.


With its advanced painting, sculpting, masking and blending features, Mixer transforms the creation of realistic and hand-painted textures into a rich, creative and boundless experience. Organic or hard-surface, modern or medieval, man-made or alien—anything is possible.

Channel pack & export.


Create custom channel-packed export presets with your own naming conventions, and export in 8, 16 or 32 bit in any file format. Or save your materials directly to Quixel Bridge, to leverage powerful integrations with all major 3D software.


Quixel is currently completely free while in beta, with downloads available for Windows and Mac OS… sorry Linux users.  Watch Quixel in action in the video below.


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25. January 2019


With the recent announcement that Allegorithmic is being purchased by Adobe suddenly one of the most asked questions is “what is the best alternative to Substance Painter”?  Sadly, no direct replacement exists, Substance Painter was a pretty one of a kind program.  Fortunately there are a number of other PBR texture painting packages available.  We also look at a few PBR texture generation alternatives for Substance Designer.


Substance Painter Alternatives


Substance Designer Alternatives


For more details on each of these packages, be sure to what the video below.  Did I miss a program?  Let me know and I will add it to the list!  Also let me know if you want me to take a closer look at any of the above packages.

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