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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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5. August 2019

Humble are running another e-book/video bundle of interest to developers, this one is the Humble Book Bundle: Coding & App Development by Packt.  It is a collection of books and training videos on a broad variety of application development topics from iOS and Android development, to Dart, React and Node.js.  As always it is split into tiers, those tiers are:

1$ Tier

  • Locked content Architecting Modern Java EE Applications
  • Learn Qt 5
  • Learning jQuery 3
  • Learn Flutter and Dart to Build iOS and Android Apps (VIDEO)
  • Real-World iOS Projects (VIDEO)

8$ Tier

  • Mastering iOS 12 Programming
  • Android 9 Development Cookbook
  • ASP.NET Core 2 and Angular 5
  • Node.js Design Patterns (VIDEO)
  • Hands-On Full Stack Development with Spring Boot 2.0 and React
  • Universal JavaScript with React, Node and Redux (VIDEO)
  • Develop Advanced Cross Platform Apps Using Xamarin Forms and XAML (VIDEO)
  • Hands-On Full Stack Web Development With Angular 6 and Laravel 5

15$ Tier

  • Angular 6 for Enterprise-Ready Web Applications
  • React and React Native
  • Android Programming For Beginners
  • Vue.js Design Patterns and Best Practices
  • Wordpress 5 Complete
  • Spring 5 Design Patterns
  • Mastering Xamarin UI Development
  • React Design Patterns and Best Practices
  • React Native Cookbook
  • Learning Node.js Development
  • Django 2 Web Development Cookbook
  • Hands-On Web Development with Vue.js (VIDEO)

Buying a higher dollar tier will entitle you to all the lower priced tiers as well.  When your purchase a Humble Bundle, you get to decide how your money is allocated, between Humble, the Publisher, charity and if you should choose (and thanks if you do!) to support GameFromScratch.  The Bundle is available here.  Check out the video below for more details on the contents of the bundle.

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5. August 2019

Sketchfab, the online 3D model repository, just got several new features this year at SIGGRAPH.  Major new features of Sketchfab include:

Unfortunately the Sketchfab Blender plugin (previously featured here) hasn’t been ported to Blender 2.80 yet.  Learn more about the update and see the huge data set visualization in action in the video below.

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1. August 2019

Autodesk have announced new Indie version of their popular 3DS Max and Maya DCC applications.  These are full versions, not subset’s like Maya LT, their other indie focused offering.  They do however come with some strings attached.  The new version (3DS in this case) is described as follows:

Autodesk 3ds Max Indie is the same industry-standard product used by professional studios, at a price point accessible to those who are just starting out. If you are a recent graduate or freelancer with less than USD$100,000/year in revenue, you can get started now. Please note that this is a limited-time offer.

The revenue limit is not the only limitation:

  • Your annual gross revenue from design work must be less than USD$100,000/year
  • Only one license can be used per user or organization
  • Offer is only eligible to those based in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or the US

There is also one very big gotcha people should be aware of:

Note: In order to avoid an automatic renewal at the full subscription price of 3ds Max, you must turn off the automatic renewal once you subscribe to 3ds Max Indie. In order to turn off the automatic renewal setting, you must go to your Autodesk Account, and follow the instructions posted here. This offer is subject to certain restrictions.

So, if you do not turn off automatic rebilling, you could get hit for a VERY nasty surprise on your credit card in a years time, as you get charged for the full, non-indie version of Max or Maya!

It is a huge savings for those that qualify and it will be interesting to see if the deal expands to other markets or is offered beyond this year.  Have Autodesk noticed a new market between students and full professionals, or are they facing pricing pressure for alternatives like Blender?  Or perhaps it’s a bit of both?

You can learn more about the programs here (3DS Max) and here (Maya).

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1. August 2019

The first day of every month Epic Games make several assets available for free on the Unreal Engine marketplace.  Some of the assets are free forever, while others have to be “purchased” during the month, although once purchased they are yours forever.  August 2019 is no exception.  Let’s take a look at the free stuff for August announced on the Unreal Engine blog.

Free For August

Free Forever

Be sure to watch the video below for more details on this months free Unreal assets.

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