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10. October 2019


Laigter is an open source tool for Mac, Windows and Linux that enable you to create normal, parallax and specular maps for 2D sprites very easily.  This enables your 2D game to easily have a 3D effect, while also enabling more advanced lighting capabilities.  The 1.7 release contains a number of quality of life improvements such as better threading to improve UI responsiveness and auto reloading maps that have been modified externally.

Details of the release:

New Features:

  • Now Laigter auto-reloads images being modified from external program! This makes it easier for users that wanted to make the texture at the same time than the normal map. This also lets you modify custom heightmaps and specular maps externally and see results almost live! This was implemented by flamendless! (BTW, if you like indie horror games, you MUST play his game Going Home).
  • Now maps are generated in background thread, making GUI more responsive.
  • Now Laigter supports rendering multiple textures at the same time! Just Ctrl+click on the textures list, and every selected item will be rendered, and processed in real time! Note that they will be rendered at the same order they were selected. Once rendered, you can click on them in the preview widget, to move, scale, or change settings to them! You can also select multiple of them with Ctrl and modify the same setting to all of them at the same time! Check this twit if you want to see an example!

Minor Changes:

  • Updated About Dialog! This is because of new contributions and new Patreon. Thanks Lodugh! (By the way, check out Ldugh's games, they are pretty cool).
  • Changed all code language to english. Users will not notice this, but this is helpful for people that wants to contribute coding.
  • Applied clang-format to all code. Same comment than previous item.
  • Added automatic generation of qm files, and removed them from git.
  • Grayed out "Add Light" button, when preview is not selected. That button often caused confusion when not in preview, because it entered the add light mode, but nothing was visible.
  • Added a contributing guide for new developers that want to help!
  • Now "Lights per texture" option is disabled by default. This made more sense for the new multiple texture feature.
  • Added "Preview" export option to export dock, and changed the behaviour of the export preview button in toolbar. Makes more sense now. Button in toolbar will export everything being rendered (except for lights icons), and the option in the dock will export the original texture with the processing applied.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed casting in shaders, that caused Laigter not to work with some glsl versions.
  • Fixed bug that caused "Cut" radio button not to work on some situations.

Translations:

  • Laigter is now translated to French! thanks to Calinou!

Laigter is available here, with the source code available on GitHub under the GPLv3 license.  You can learn more about an earlier version of Laigter in our video below.

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17. September 2019


SHADERed is an awesome tool for authoring shaders interactively.  With the just released 1.2 version, SHADERed just got more capable, gaining the ability to create Compute shaders.

Details of the release:

  • add compute shaders
  • add empty image object
  • fix loading files from different drives on Windows
  • fix saving info about item opened in PropertyUI
  • fix "Show error list window when build finishes with an error" option
  • temporary fix for crash on float3(), float4(), etc


SHADERed is completely free and available for download for Linux and Windows here.  The project is open source under the MIT license.  We recently did a feature on SHADERed, so if you want to learn more about this excellent free tool, check out the video below.

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14. August 2019


Today we are checking out akeytsu by Nukeygara.  This is a commercial 3D rigging and animation software providing a quick and simple workflow for setting up and animating characters.  Simply import your character in FBX format, create a rig or use the existing Unreal or Unity rigs then paint skin weights.  Once your character is configured, or if you imported an already rigged character, it is time to begin animating.  If you are used to Max, Maya or Blender’s animation workflow, you will find akeytsu’s approach to be much more streamlined.

It is available on a fully functioning 30 day trial available here.  There are perpetual and subscription based pricing options for both professional and indie (>100K revenue) studios, as well as education licenses available. 

Learn more and check out akeytsu in action in the video below.

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6. August 2019


Today we are checking out the web based tool, the Universal LPC Sprite Sheet Character Generator, a free tool that enables you to quickly and easily create multi angle animated character sprite sheets.  The LPC in the name stands for Liberated Pixel Cup a contest/organization on OpenGameArt for creating open source 2D pixel art in a consistent style.  You can browse the entire content of LPC assets right here.  The assets on LPC and generated by this tool are available under split open source licenses, the CC BY-SA 3.0 and GPLv3.


The Sprite Sheet Generator enables you to quickly compose characters by selecting a male or female base sprite, then customizing dozens of attributes and accessories, such as eyes, hair style, clothing and weapons.  While the UI isn’t amazing, the process is remarkably straight forward, as shown in the following video.

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29. July 2019


Today we are checking out Laigter, a free tool that enables you to perform special effects on sprites quickly and easily.  Even better, the source code is available on GitHub under the GPL 3.0 license.

Laigter is described as:

This tool lets you generate normal maps for 2D textures, with little effort. Specially designed for Sprites in 2D games. Specular map generation is possible too, which gives your sprites the shininess they need to look PRO! It also let's you create parallax maps, mainly intended for backgrounds, to obtain a nice 3D effect in 2D games!

Normal Maps lets you create awesome realistic lights for games. This tool is primary intended for illuminating 2D sprites for 2D games, although can also be used for 2D textures for 3D games.

Specular Maps lets you make realistic shine into your sprites.

Parallax Maps lets you "deform" the texture depending the point of view, so you can create, for example, depth effects in backgrounds like brick walls.

Ambient Occlusion maps lets you define to which parts ambient light should reach weaker. Adds realism to lights.

Laigter is available on Itch.io under a name your own price system (with an option of free available).  Laigter is available for Windows and Linux.  Check out the video below to see Laigter in action.

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