|About a Beta Version
|The fourth and final
beta version of Anim8or v0.95 is ready for downloading. That
it is in a period of public testing. It has not been fully QA'd
and there will likely be problems. There may be updated beta
versions posted as problems are found and fixed. Once I feel
things are stable enough I'll release the "official" v0.95 through the
main download page.
beta is planed to be very short, perhaps just a week. So
check it out it as soon as you can!
Beta 4 and has fixed a few more bugs, notably #095-002 and #095-018
which caused computer with earlier graphics cards to crash. There
are a few minor changes to the scripting
language that will require some scripts to be updated. There are
also some new functions and error reporting is cleaner.
above, there is one known incompatibility between this and the previous
version. Parameteric plug-in scripts no longer allocate their
return mesh. It is allocated by Anim8or and passed into the
script in the variable specified for the return value. To update
existing scripts all that is needed is to remove the initial allocation
of the mesh.
- HW Acceleration = None Fails on ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000/9100 IGP.
- Various Crashes for Non DX9 Cards.
- Script Dependencies Can Report Erroneous Circular References
- Object Export to .obj and .c Format Doesn't Rotate Normals.
- Extrude Along Path Ignores Spline's Pivot.
- Scale Tool in Point Edit Mode can Crash.
- Plug-in Mesh Scripts Can File To Load in Scenes.
- Deleting All Keys Locks Camera.
this shader problem hasn't yet been fixed:
If you are a
new Anim8or user then you probably should not be using
this version. Naive questions and incorrect problem reports will
not help the beta process.
- Incorrect Environment Map Reflection Calculation by Shaders.
If you want to try it out to see how the new features work then this is
the version for you. But you should be aware that it is likely
less stable than a released version. Don't use it for important
projects unless you're prepared to redo your work should something
You should also visit the Anim8or
v0.95 Beta forum. This is where you will find the latest
information on problems and give your feedback.
plan to try
something a little different this release. Some of the new
particularly to scripting language, are not yet complete for the first
beta. Once the
current portion is fairly well tested I'll add more. This way I
start the beta period sooner and make changes based on your
aren't many new features by count in this version but it has the
foundations for some exciting additions in the near future.
Note: The scripting language documentation isn't ready yet.
But I'm going to be out of town for most of the next four weeks and
wanted to get this version out before I left. I'll finish the
language specification when I return, promise!
October 21, 2006
|New Features in v0.95
|The major focus for this release
was filling in the remaining missing functionality that I had
envisioned for the elusive v1.0. It still not quite there, most
notably sue to a lack of a ray tracer, but even that is mostly written.
It will be comming on line soon after v0.95 is released. The
main new features include:
for the working views. Using shaders your materials will look
much closer to their final appearance in the working views. You need a
DX9 level (shader model 2.0 or higher) graphics card to use
wireframe and solid views in different editing windows.
has a built in scripting language. You can use it to automate
common tasks, and create controllers with new behavior.
- You can
add new functionality to Anim8or with plug-ins for Object export, Parameteric Shapes,
and modeling commands. Plug-ins are written in Anim8or's
rendering of movies.
You can make still images and .avi movies using the OpenGL hardware on
your graphics card. It's not quite as good as a final render but it's a
hundred times faster.
rendering to images and movies. This also uses the OpenGL
|V0.95 should be able to read
previous versions of .an8 files. Though the opposite is not
entirely possible, it generally should work especially for the most
recent releases. Newly
added features will be ignored, of course, but shouldn't cause other
|Download Beta Executable
version of the 0.95 beta dated October 21, 2006 is
ready. Get a copy here: animv095beta4.zip
The list of bugs is getting shorter and most of the
major ones should be fixed. As usual for more
details on these and the current status of fixed bugs see the "Current
Bug List" link shown down the page. I haven't listed many smaller
problems here but I've fixed quite a few. Don't think your bug
reports are being ignored if they aren't in the bug list. I'm
just sometimes lazy about writing everything down.
Beta 1 fixed these problems from the v0.9 bug list (plus more that I
forgot to write down whn I fixed them):
I'll be adding a newer versions as probelms are
fixed. They'll be shown here when they are available.
first beta dated May 31, 2006 is still available here if you need
The second beta dated July 4, 2006 is still available here if you need
The third beta dated September 10, 2006 is here if you need
|V0.95 Beta User Manual
for v0.95 is only available as a web page. Here is the link: v0.95BetaManual
|Anim8or Scripting Language
|I'm just now writing the spec
for the scripting language. I'll post it here when I have
something useful. In the mean time you can download some of the
sample scripts from here:
are an experienced programmer you can probably figure a lot of it out
from these examples. Please don't ask anything about the language
until I've posted the spec.
|Current Bug List
current bug list can be found here v0.95_bugs.txt
I'll try and keep it current so you know what's happening.
to keep the beta forum useful to everyone, please take the following
steps before you post:
1. Limit your posts to v0.95 problems. No wish lists, and no
pictures unless they are in support of a problem or question on how a
new feature works. You can post pictures as you normally do in
the Works In Progress and Finished Works forum.
2. Read through the other posts. Read through the current big
list. If your problem is already posted and you don't have
anything new to add, don't reply.
3. If you don't understand how Anim8or v0.9 works, you probably
shouldn't be posting in the v0.95 beta forum.
4. When you post a new problem topic you should:
a) Use a meaningful title. Titles like "Question?",
"Help!", "Big Crash!" are not meaningful.
b) If it's reporting a problem, give a detailed
description of what the problem is and how to reproduce it.
c) If it's a question on a new feature be as precise as you can.
d) Don't reply about a different topic besides the one the thread is
e) If you have some unique feedback on v0.95 you can also post it here.
f) Use proper English sentences. Cutsie abbreviations are too
ambiguous and aren't nearly as helpful when I'm trying to understand
what you've said.
With these rules in mind if you think you found a problem or have a
question the place to post is the Anim8or v0.95 Beta forum. Don't
ask for help with v0.95 in the other forums.
page was last updated on October 21, 2006.
2006 R. Steven Glanvlle