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16. May 2020


ENVE, or Enve is Not a Video Editor, is a new in development 2D animation software, completely free and open source.  Even in this early state, Enve is remarkably capable animation tool, with a full suite of drawing tools for both vector and result art, including MyPaint brush integration.

ENVE is described as:

Enve is a new open-source 2D animation software for Linux and Windows. You can use enve to create vector animations, raster animations, and even use sound and video files. Enve was created with flexibility and expandability in mind.

The source code is available on GitHub under the GPLv3 license with binaries available for Windows and Linux.  You can check out a complete review of ENVE in action in the video below.

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12. May 2020


Crocotile3D is a unique level editor that takes the traditional 2D tiled based map creation approach, but applies it in 3D.  Crocotile3D is described as:

Crocotile 3D is a tile-based 3d modeling editor. Originally released back in 2015 it is the first of its kind to use 2d tiles to construct 3d scenes. In contrast to most 3d applications that are bloated and over-complicated, Crocotile 3D is a simple to use tool targeted at creating lowpoly models and scenes with pixel-art tilesets or low-res textures. Simply select tiles directly from tilesets and place them into a scene to quickly give them a third dimension. Use various tools to edit your tiles and shape your models, let your imagination go wild!

It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.  There is a free trial version available on Itch.io that is limited to saving less than 100 tiles and cannot export in OBJ format.  The full version is available for purchase on Steam.  Crocotile is frequently updated, with the most recent release coming just a week ago.

You can see more of this unique tool in action in the video below.

Art Design


11. April 2020


Following hot on the heels of our LMMS overview we continue our journey into the world of Digital Audio Workstations with the highly recommended Reaper.

Key Reaper features:

  • Efficient, fast to load, and tightly coded. Can be installed and run from a portable or network drive.
  • Powerful audio and MIDI routing with multichannel support throughout.
  • 64-bit internal audio processing. Import, record to, and render to many media formats, at almost any bit depth and sample rate.
  • Thorough MIDI hardware and software support.
  • Support for thousands of third-party plug-in effects and virtual instruments, including VST, VST3, AU, DX, and JS.
  • Hundreds of studio-quality effects for processing audio and MIDI, and built-in tools for creating new effects.
  • Automation, modulation, grouping, VCA, surround, macros, OSC, scripting, control surfaces, custom skins and layouts.
  • A whole lot more.

Reaper is not free software, but has a general 2 month non-expiring fully functional trial for Windows, Linux and OS/X.  Unlike LMMS, Reaper doesn’t come out of the box loaded with instruments (which explains the 20mb download size!).  In the video below, the VSTs demonstrated are from the Humble Music Producer Bundle expiring April 15th.

Design General


1. April 2020


Today we are going hands-on with Asset Forge 2.0 by Kenny.nl.  Asset Forge is an extremely easy to use 3D modeling application where you can quickly create models using building blocks.

Details of Asset Forge:

You'll have access to a large library of pre-made blocks (about 600 currently), they're each categorized in different categories. You can place an unlimited number of blocks in your creation after which it's possible to export and use in the game engine of your choice.

  • Position, rotate, mirror and resize blocks
  • Export to common 3D file formats (see below)
  • Render your model as a 2D sprite
  • Apply colors, materials and textures
  • Batch export a sprite in multiple directions

The exported models are compatible with most game engines including Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender and ThreeJS. The 2D sprites (PNG) are compatible with all game engines that support sprites.

Asset Forge 2.0 is currently available, with Mac and Linux versions coming soon.  The 2.0 release adds Lua scripting support, making procedural content creation in Asset Forge a breeze. 

Asset Forge is available in Standard ($19.95) and Professional($39.95), with the pro edition containing an addition 10% more blocks.  Both editions including ongoing free updates and possess no DRM.

Check out Asset Forge in action in the video below.

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10. February 2020


The Clockwork Pi GameShell is a build it yourself hand-held console aimed at indie game developers and retro gamers.  Late last year I cove red the unboxing and assembly while today we are going more hands-on with the device.  In the second half of the video we show step by step how to develop and deploy Godot games on the GameShell device.  This tutorial should also work for most Raspberry Pi based boards that support Godot development.

If you are following the instructions to build Godot Engine games on your GameShell you will need a build template.  The two options mentioned in the video are the Clockwork export template or the more generic frt export templates for Pi devices.  I have tested with both export templates successfully.

The only documentation on building Godot games for the GameShell is this forum thread.  The Clockwork GameShell is available on Amazon currently for $139 USD.  Check out GameShell in action in the video below.

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