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Messages - Raxx

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Discord Group?
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:13:23 pm »
I remember when we had a short-lived Skype group a long time ago that eventually died.
The same will happen with the discord.

Whether it will or not is not up to anyone but ourselves. Saying we'd fail before it's attempted, and thus not trying, can only result in failure.

How would the group be used?

Would it be casual visits or structured around events, e.g. demonstrations / tutorials, etc.?

Mostly casual chatting/showing off and a way to get quick questions answered immediately. It could have most of the same channels as we have here on the forums.

Personally I'm pretty busy with work 24/7, but when my home computer is on I usually have Discord open. And I work at home a lot as well so I can always join in on the side. I may have a high opinion of myself, but if this can spur me into being more active in this community then it'd be nothing but a good thing for all of us. The same goes for anyone that participates.

CoriDavis, go ahead and start it up. If you want help, when I join it you can give me the privs, but you'll have all the oversight. Make a new topic with an introduction and instructions on how to join. I'll sticky it.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Discord Group?
« on: March 27, 2018, 05:23:23 am »
I can join and idle if you start one.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Redesining my first protagonist
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:12:01 am »
Not bad

ASL Scripts / Re: ASL File import?
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:32:36 pm »
For now text, but binary in/out would be great later on as well. The formats I listed have text-based versions.

ASL Scripts / ASL File import?
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:10:09 pm »
Any chance of this happening any time soon? I use Anim8or when I need to 3D print stuff, but I use other cad and vector programs for when I have exacting design requirements. I've been wanting to write svg, eps, fbx, and dae importers for the object editor for a while now, without having to create a 3rd party program.

ASL Scripts / Re: Animated Textures Using Controller Scripts
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:47:12 pm »
@daniel99 Sorry, haven't been able to get to this. Have you been switching between the Scene editor and the other editors a lot? I recommend disabling animation using the sprites_enabled controller and saving before leaving the scene editor, to avoid crashing as much as possible.

ASL Scripts / Re: Animated Textures Using Controller Scripts
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:06:04 am »
Can you share your project, or a lesser example of with your step by step approach? Also, attached is a modified version of the first post's an8 files. These don't have the sprites_enabled controller, so it shouldn't crash when you go to the scene editor.

You'll have to add the boolean sprites_enabled controller to these files via Edit->Controllers and give it a boolean value of 1 in the timeline in order to see the animation(s) play.

Anim8or Challenges / Re: Challange #34: Anim8or 1.0 splash screen
« on: April 24, 2017, 01:50:59 pm »
I have ideas but not sure if I have the time -_-

Nice work so far everyone!

Ongoing Anim8or Development / Re: Initial CAD-style feature
« on: March 29, 2017, 02:48:02 am »
I've found myself really wanting annotations and the ability to set the unit of measurement lately.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Anim8or v1.0 Beta is available
« on: March 29, 2017, 02:43:26 am »
Raxx: Thanks for all your help with this version. The new color scheme is much less tiring to use especially for ling sessions. And the topo tool is now my most used tool.
Steve, these two are definitely my favorite additions thus far. Glad I could be of help here and there :)

A while ago you posted something about not wanted the end-points selected automatically when an edge is selected. I can't find the post. Do you remember what your suggestion was?
I thought it was something about wanting to keep the end-points selected, which seems to be the case now?

I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I really dislike the way it selects p/e/f when you switch between those types. It always throws me off and I have no use for all that extra selected mess. Is there any chance you can add an option in Configure->UI to disable it and just keep the selection(s) as-is?

Also, a bug: If you switch to smooth or fast shaded while outline is enabled, face-select/edit is always on regardless of which p/e/f configuration is set.

And...any chance of Ctrl+S being to save, Ctrl+O to open, and Ctrl+Shift+S to save as? Whenever I come back to this program from, say, any other program in existence, I keep accidentally toggling Smooth shaded mode and god knows what else pressing the other hot keys :P

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Anim8or v1.0 Beta is available
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:34:19 am »
Congratulations Steve :) It's odd not seeing v0.9X tailing Anim8or's name anymore.

Anim8or already has GLSL workspace rendering. If it's not enabled for you, go to View->Preferences and enable it.

If you meant us being able to use our own shaders instead of Anim8or's materials, that'd probably be a long time coming.

ASL Scripts / Re: How do you use scripts?
« on: November 13, 2016, 05:41:51 am »
Anim8or has the ability to save as .obj already, by going to Object->Export and selecting the file type.

However, for future reference, you basically do as the instructions say.

  • Make a folder to hold your scripts.
  • Place the .a8s script files into that folder
  • Select that folder in File->Configuration
  • Make sure "Preload Scripts" and "Script Console" are enabled
  • Restart Anim8or. Scripts that should preload will preload. The Script Console window will show which ones loaded.
  • For export scripts, you go to Object->Export and it'll appear in the file type drop down menu

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Character building
« on: November 12, 2016, 02:35:38 pm »
Usually when building a character (or anything that has some symmetry), you work on one half with the other half mirroring it. For example, you create the right side of the body and mirror it to the left side. After you're done with all the details that need symmetry, you can keep both halves and then modify it with non-symmetrical details if it's required.

Assuming you're using the latest dev release, there's a tool in the Build->Mirrors menu. If you align the mesh to the right-side of the X axis and go to Build->Mirrors->Convert to Mirrored, and it'll mirror and merge a left-side copy to the right-side. It's an "active" object, so any changes you make to the right-side will automatically update on the left side.

Otherwise you can go to Build->Mirror Image and mirror across the axis and then manually merge the meshes and points.

Back to your original question, join the extremities to the torso by selecting both meshes and going to Build->Join Solids. If they are subdivision meshes then first you have to double click them and set subdivisions to zero, then convert to mesh, then Join Solids. It's easiest to use the Topographical knife (k) tool to connect the two together, but you can also use the Add Edge tool. Both of these tools are in the left toolbar while in Point-Edit mode.

An easy way to join, say, an arm to the shoulder is by cutting a large face at the shoulder socket with the same number of sides as a large face on the shoulder-side of the arm. Then select both faces in point-edit mode and go to Edit->Bridge (=)

ASL Scripts / Re: Animated Textures Using Controller Scripts
« on: October 30, 2016, 07:15:32 pm »
Hi dancingshoes, I gave it a shot and it doesn't crash when I go into scene mode. I suppose it's due to some ghostly reason that it crashes for you, I've never really figured it out and I think it's something only Steve can address.

I created a new set of files with the sprites_enabled controller set to 0, effectively disabling it so that it *shouldn't* crash when you enter the scene editor. Just set the controller back to 1 in the time track when you get in. Click this link to download it.

As for the amount of memory it uses, theoretically it shouldn't use any more or less than with normal non-animated textures. What it'll do is increase the CPU cycles and harddrive activity when switching between frames since it's swapping out the files in the material.

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