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25. February 2020


Hot on the heels of Godot’s recent Epic winfall, ArmorPaint has become the latest recipient of the Epic MegaGrant program, first announced during the Unreal keynote at GDC 2019.  ArmorPaint is an open source PBR-based texture painting application, similar in function to Substance Painter.

Details of the megagrant were announced on Twitter:

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You can learn more about ArmorPaint in our recent hands-on video.  ArmorPaint is open source and is free, but you need to build the binaries yourself.  For instructions on how to build ArmorPaint from source check out our guide available here.  For more details on the ArmorPaint Epic MegaGrant be sure to check out our video below.

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24. February 2020


The long running open source GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, just released version 2.10.18.  After skipping the release of 2.10.16 due to a critical bug, there is a fair bit in this release.

Release features include:

  • Tools are now grouped in the toolbox by default
  • Sliders now use a compact style with improved user interaction
  • Vastly improved user experience for the transformation preview
  • Dockable areas now highlighted when a dockable dialog is being dragged
  • New 3D Transform tool to rotate and pan items
  • Much smoother brush outline preview motion on the canvas
  • Symmetry painting enhancements
  • Faster loading of ABR brushes
  • PSD support improvements
  • Consolidated user interface for merging down and anchoring layers
  • Update check to notify users of new releases available
  • 28 bug fixes, 15 translation updates

You can learn more about the 2.10.18 release in the release notes available here.  GIMP is available for download on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Solaris.  GIMP is open source under the GPL v3 license with source details available here.  You can learn more about GIMP and the 2.10.18 update in the video below.

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23. February 2020


Verge3D is a toolkit for enabling artists to create web experiences with minimal or no coding using Blender, Max or Maya.  Founded by team members from the Blend4Web project Verge3D allows you to create content using your graphics application of choice, then using their (locally installed) web based tools you can add logic using their visual programming language Puzzles.

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Verge3D is available in a free fully functional trial version (watermarked) available for download here.  Verge3D is available for Windows, Mac and Linux for Blender 3D as well as Windows only for 3DS Max and Windows and Linux for Maya.

Check out Verge 3D for Blender in action in the video below.

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19. February 2020


MyPaint 2.0.0 was released a few days back.  MyPaint is an open source natural media painting application that first started development in 2004, designed from day one to work with Wacom style tablets.  The 2.0.0 release adds several new features including:

  • Linear compositing and spectral blending (pigment).
  • Layer views.
  • Brush strokes dependent on view rotation and view zoom.
  • Additional symmetry modes: vertical, vertical+horizontal, rotational, snowflake.
  • Expanded flood fill functionality: offset, feather, gap detection and more.
  • New brush settings: offsets, gridmap, additional smudge settings, posterize, pigment.
  • New brush inputs: barrel rotation, base radius, zoom level, gridmap x/y, direction 360, attack angle.
  • Several other fixes and changes, see the full changelog for details.

The release also contains various different bug fixes and features.  MyPaint is available for Windows and Linux with binaries available here with the Mac OS X version available on MacPorts.  MyPaint is open source with the source code hosted on GitHub available under the GPL 2 open source license.  You can learn more about, and see MyPaint 2 in action, in the video below.

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8. February 2020


Today we are checking out Voxelator, a free browser based Voxel painting application from the creator of the Pixelator application we covered earlier.  In the video below we go hands-on with Voxelator.

There are some licensing limitations to be aware of for using Voxelator:

Voxelator is a free software and you can choose which license to attach to the models you produce with it, and use them for any purpose -- commercially included (provided you did not use any external resources with limiting licenses).
With that said, you may not do the following with Voxelator:

  • You may not attempt to download its source and use it locally from your computer.
  • You may not attempt to upload Voxelator to a different domain or site.
  • You may not attempt to embed Voxelator in an external domain, using an iframe or any other technology.
  • You may not attempt to redistribute Voxelator in any way, not commercially and not for free.
  • You may not reuse Voxelator's code for any purpose.
  • You can run Voxelator on any browser supporting WebGL 2 and ECMAScript 6 support, although Chrome is the primary supported browser.  You can learn more about using Voxelator here.

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