Posted in Computers & Tech / Internet and Websites
Author: Vyoma Total-Replies: 5
I was on a scrouge of the wide internet to look out for some good open source (or atleast freeware) 3d design tool. And I was quite pleased with what I found:
It gives away a open source 3d design software. I had used 3d-max earlier, and I was quite amazed that this freeware lived up to those expectations. I am not a professional in 3d-design, but for my needs I found Blender quite appealing.
What amazed me though was the small footprint of the software. The download is just about 8 MB. Now compare it to any other 3d design software and one can realize the weight of it, considering that it contains most of the professional features.
It was originally a propriety software of NaN company, which they later released as open source after a fund raising campaign.
I was just wondering if there were any Blenderers here at Astahost.
Posted in General Discussion / Computer Talk
Author: szupie Total-Replies: 2
Firefox is a browser, like Internet Explorer, but much better (In my opinion and many others' opinion). It's an open-source browser developed by Mozilla. Firefox is free to download right here. It has many useful features like tabbed browsing (If you've only used Internet Explorer, you don't know what it is: it allows you to open multiple web pages in one single window, and you can switch between them with tabs--kinda like the tabs in Windows' configuration dialogs), RSS support (like a live news feed thing... I don't use it much), customizability (you can pretty much change every thing in your browser's look, including the position and design of the buttons), and extensions (there are many user-made little tools that you can add to your Firefox browser). Fortunately for web designers, Firefox supports many web standards, and in the recently updated version, it added support for SVG, a language used in web pages to draw vector graphics.
Just go download it and try it to see if you like it. If you don't, you can switch back to the browser you're currently using. Here's the like again: http://www.mozilla.com
Posted in Computers & Tech / Programming / Game Programming
Author: tek3D Total-Replies: 0
Best Open Source Engines:
3. Crystal Space
6. Reality Factory
7. Blender Game Engine
8. The Nebula Device 2
I tried ORGE, Irrlicht, and OpenSceneGraph(OSG).
- OpenSceneGraph is an portable, high level graphics toolkit for the development of high peformance graphics applications such as flight simulators, games, virtual reality or scientific visualization. Providing an object orientated framework on top of OpenGL, it frees the developer from implementing and optimizing low level graphics calls, and provide many additional utilities for rapid development of graphics applications. I recommend it for simulation application.
- The Irrlicht Engine is a cross-platform high performance real-time 3D engine written in C++. It is a powerful high-level API for creating complete 3D and 2D applications like games or scientific visualizations. It comes with documentation and integrates all the state-of-the-art features for visual representation like dynamic shadows, particle systems, character animation, indoor and outdoor technology, and collision detection. All this is accessible through a well designed C++ interface, which is easy to use. Irrlicht is easy to learn and program for beginners.
- OGRE (Object-Oriented Graphics Rendering Engine) is a scene-oriented, flexible 3D engine written in C++ designed to make it easier and more intuitive for developers to produce games and demos utilising 3D hardware. The class library abstracts all the details of using the underlying system libraries like Direct3D and OpenGL and provides an interface based on world objects and other intuitive classes.
Posted in Computers & Tech / Designing
Author: mzwebfreak Total-Replies: 15
In all my years of web and graphic designing, I have a few main sites, such as gettyimages.com, that I go to for stock photos, or ones like atpictures.com for celebrity photos. What kind of sites, if you prefer those over stock CDs, have you found to be the most helpful in your designing, and, if there's a specific reason, why. What are the pros and cons of your favorites?
Me, personally, I like Getty because it seems to be the main source for all sorts of graphics for all kinds of ideas...yes, some are rights-managed, so you have to give credit and such like that, but they also have a ton of royalty-free images you can use for graphics and layouts. As for AtPictures, yeah, they generally have a lot of celeb pics, but most of them seem to be at events, rather than photo shoots, which is what I prefer to use for my graphics...then I found out about All Stars Online, that is more along the lines of what I was looking for, plus the pictures scanned are of really good quality...as long as I link back to the site, and say that's where I got the graphics from, they don't mind people using the graphics...that's what they put them there for.
Posted in Computers & Tech / Operating Systems / War Of the OS World
Author: Alegis Total-Replies: 13
Good to hear that you're enjoying your OS. Bear in mind other's have their reasons to enjoy theirs, so in case you want a fair poll you'd better try not to show your choice too much as well as denigrating those that choose other than you.
My only problem with avid linux fans is their cries of superiority and frowning down on the heretics using some corporate software. Free and open-source stuff is good, enjoy it - but try not to parade.
Posted in Computers & Tech / Designing / Graphics Design
Author: destinedskater Total-Replies: 9
OK im in desperate need of a graphics program but it must be free!
Ive looked all over and cant find one that is very good
I heard someone a little while a go say that there is a free one but i never saw what it was called help please!!
Posted in Computers & Tech / Software / Freeware
Author: Tech Live Total-Replies: 7
QUOTEPageBreeze is a Free HTML Editor, among its featuresare - easy to use visual (WYSIWYG) HTML editor for creating web pages; Color-coded HTML source (tag) editor; Preview mode lets you instantly see what your finished webpage will look like in Microsoft Internet Explorer; Webpage templates and also links to download them on theweb are provided; Drag-and-drop Form Builder; switchbetween HTML source and visual modes at any time;Changes made instantly get reflected in both modes, andaform submission service to get feedback from visitors toyour web site. The 6 MB Page Breeze v.4.0 for MicrosoftWindows 9x/Me/2000/XP/Vista and it can be downloaded at http://www.pagebreeze.com/download.htm
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Author: k22 Total-Replies: 15
QUOTE (r3d)hmmm.... i'd never tried this stuff coz of lack of time. but there is a way to hide your code
first. use flash
flash can embedded html
second. use commercial site compressor($100++)
third. have u try framming a php gd?
have u notice that when you view php gd snippets there is no view source on the page menu also in right click. but when in frames, right clicking on html frames view source is enable. then try flash in that frames embedded your html most likely if in php
Are you sure? http://www.sothink.com/flashdecompiler/ it can decompile every flash sites....
IMHO there is no-reason to protect the code..the code must be free..like internet IMHO
Posted in Computers & Tech / How-To's and Tutorials / Websites and Web Designing
Author: r3d Total-Replies: 23
you can get more info about design stuff in this link http://www.webstyleguide.com/index.html?/contents.html its a free online book for proper web designing, it does teach you html
Posted in Computers & Tech / How-To's and Tutorials / MISC (no matching category)
Author: Giniu Total-Replies: 4
I see you liked it and I'm happy with it... but you said, you won't be able to get a team of 50 people and even with them finish in short time, so I would write there some facts that may make you change your mind...
When you have engine and design it's noted you can be done with large RPG with 20 people within 26 months (taken from Deus Ex - it got Game of the Year, i don't remember year... - you may think it's bad example, since it's old, but remember development techniques also went up...)
Also wirting GOOD design document should take something about 6 months for team of 6 people incuding 2 writers (one technic and second scenario writer) and 4 artists (mainly for concept arts...)
But right - when you have engine... in Neverwinter Night creation of engine took few years! But there is solution that is on top of technology - Open Source engine components, from witch you can build your engine like from LEGO with one programer within 6 months.
you need have the design done, before you would start making engine, so you have one year of preparing and two years of production (QA, beta and testing included!), it gives you 3 yers with 25 people, so, this is only 75 years of one-man work and if you would find 75 peoples (this is number of NWN developers) you would be able to finish in ONE YEAR...
first question: how to find those engines?
answer: just look around in the net for "free game engine" - or visit site www.devmaster.net/engines/index.php that provides an engine listing, also look atwww.cyberloonies.com - they also got their listings and also tutorials...
take a close look at those engines:
OGRE3D (Object-oriented Graphics Rendering Engine) http://www.ogre3d.com/
ODE (Open Dynamics Engine) http://ode.org/
FEAR (Flexible Embodied Animat aRchitecture) http://fear.sourceforge.net/
OpenAL (Open Audio Library) http://www.openal.org/
CAL3D (Character Animation Library) http://cal3d.sourceforge.net/
HawkNL (Hawk Network Library) http://hawksoft.com/hawknl/
When you combine them you can get engine on top of todays technology (like normal maps and pixel shader) and engine that works on (Win/Lin/Mac) so this is unusual even for large comercial engines!
second question: from where I can get people to join my team?
answer: just look around in the net for "game development forum" - or visit site [forums at www.gamedev.net] and ask for help - many Open Source/Free/Commercial projects do that and they are able to find help, so just try!
Someday I would probably write another part of this How-To... There would be hints for development process...
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Posted in Computers & Tech / Internet and Websites
Author: wedjarl Total-Replies: 12
Its not that hard to create a custom built templates. Photoshop is a perfect software to create nice templates and layouts. Before I usually admire templates..how they are done, yet I was hesitant using them, for a single free template, probably there are thousands out there who are using it too. Templates are great web design guidance for me. You could grow and learn a lot from studying layouts made by others.