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1. June 2020


Optikon is a free Windows based ( Mac and Linux can run via Wine ) level editor that takes a WYSIWYG approach to creating game levels using the Lua powered Love game framework.

Details of Optikon from the website:

Drag and Drop Level Design

Optikon is a simple drag-and-drop level designer which makes stunning 2D level design in LÖVE possible for everybody.
Optikon generates Lua code in real-time as you create your level, so that you don't have to write a single line of code. Simply copy and paste this code straight into a .lua file to run your game, or click "Run" in Optikon to play your level in an instant.

Built-in Code Editor

Optikon comes with a built-in Lua code editor so that you can do all your level design and coding in one place. The code editor comes with automatic Lua syntax highlighting to help boost your productivity.

Quick & Versatile Level Design

Optikon will give you the tools and performance needed to easily build large and complex levels. Add rulers as a visual aid, layer and quickly duplicate components to speed up level design.

Optikon is ultimately a code generator, creating Lua code for the Love framework.  If you want to learn more about Lua and Love, check out our complete tutorial series available here.  To see the Optikon editor in action be sure to check out 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


18. April 2020


Today we are taking a look at Spaceship Generator, an open source procedural space ship creator add-on for Blender. Spaceship generator can automatically create a variety of space craft, like the ones below.

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The above link is for Blender 2.7x only. Fortunately a user has created a Blender 2.8x compatible port that is available here on GitHub.

In the video below we demonstrate Spaceship Builder in action as well as showing how it can be installed and used.

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


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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