Archive for December, 2005

GIMP 2.2.10

Version 2.2.10 of the [GNU Image Manipulation Program] just released. Please see the [NEWS] for a detailed list of changes.

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Sector13 [Screenshot]

It’s been a while since I posted a Sector13 screenshot. We’ll we have the artist team working on modeling assets like capital ships and this space station. Although, they are in the tweaking process aligning polygons and making textures. You’ll also see that the targeting system is taking shape.

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Video Tutorial: How to build a C++ RPG

I first came across [this video series] on GameDev. I’m going to repost only because this series is extremely useful for noob game programmers.

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Blender 2.40

“Blender has had another long development cycle resulting in a release
packed with rewrites, new features and improvements. The major additions this release are the Character Animation rewrite, the added Fluid Dynamics system, improved editing and rendering of Particle Based Hair, and the Modifier Stack.” Check out the [new list of features].

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SOFTIMAGE|XSI Mod Tool "Lock & Load" Challenge

The Avid Computer Graphics team, in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard, NVIDIA and Gamedev.net, is pleased to announce the SOFTIMAGE|XSI Mod Tool “Lock & Load” Challenge (the “Contest”). Join for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes, featuring HP xw9300 Workstations!
[Click for more details!]

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Half Life 2 Mod SDK

It’s amazing all the great stuff available on the net these days. The trick is you just have to know it’s there. For example, HL2 uses a product called Steam to keep the software patches up to date. In the Steam Tools section, you’ll see an option to install “Source SDK”, which is all the modding tools you’ll need to create your own HL2 mod and content. How cool is that!?

For community support and an online knowledgebase, please visit the [Valve Editing Resource Center (VERC)].

More resources:

  • [The Valve Developer Community]
  • [Valve Developer WIKI]
  • [HL2 SDK Reference Docs]
  • [My First HL2 MOD]
  • [HL2 MOD Tutorials]
  • [FacePoser]
    [2]

  • [PlanetHalfLife]
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    Merry X-Mas

    We had a great time this year hanging out with the family. See the [Photos].

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    Flash Resources

    Jesse provided some [great resources] about how to get anything done in flash.

    ACTIONSCRIPTING

    TWEEN CLASSES

    MC
    Tween –
    Updated to include;
    Flash 8 filters, onTweenUpdate, onTweenComplete and much more

    http://hosted.zeh.com.br/mctween/documentation.html

    Laco MC
    Tween –
    very easy to use, but
    doesn’t include as much as the above. Much better examples of use though.

    http://www.laco.wz.cz/tween/

    http://laco.wz.cz/tween/?page=examples

    http://fluid.com/experiments/timecode/mx_time.html

    http://www.bdontwerp.nl/resources/classes/superease/demo/
    - [http://stimpson.flashvacuum.net/mt/]

    EXTENTIONS

    Flash
    Extensibility
    – Extensions [
    these can save you a lot of time ]

    http://www.flashextensibility.com/

    Flash
    Guru Extensions

    http://www.flashguru.co.uk/extensions/

    TUTORIALS

    VIDEOS

    gotoAndLearn – VERY GOOD AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND TUTORIALS WITH FLA FILES
    INCLUDED

    http://www.gotoandlearn.com/

    TUTORIALS, SOURCE FILES

    Senolcular
    – All the above

    http://www.senocular.com/flash/

    Actionscript.org – has almost anything I could need

    http://www.actionscript.org/tutorials.shtml

    Kirupa – excellent tutorials

    http://www.kirupa.com/

    http://www.kirupa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=190937
    - [Useful Flash ActionScript Tutorials and Resources Thread]

    Were-Here
    -
    Flash Community

    http://www.were-here.com/homepage/default.asp

    Ultrashock

    http://www.ultrashock.com/ – more advanced tutorials and information

    TONYPA – Extremely well thought out and paced tutorials with good
    examples – may be on the intermediate+ side.

    http://www.tonypa.pri.ee/tbw/index.html -
    tile based tutorials

    http://www.tonypa.pri.ee/vectors/index.html
    - vectors in Flash

    EML
    Labs
    – Real World
    Flash advice

    http://www.emllabs.com/index.php

    Layer51:Prototype = newMethodsForBuiltInObjects(); >>> Advanced OOP deposit
    of code *****

    http://proto.layer51.com

    BIT-101
    Forum

    http://www.bit-101.com/forum/
    a good community like were-here but from http://www.bit-101.com/

    Various
    Links

    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/flash/

    http://www.nwebb.co.uk/nw_htmlsite/?page=tutorials

    http://www.video-animation.com/flash3d_001.shtml
    - Flash 3D Tutorials (crappy site, useful info)

    http://www.actionscript.org/tutorials/advanced/Understanding_curves_and_control_point_placement/index.shtml

    - Understanding curves

    http://www.bestflashanimationsite.com/tutorials/2/
    - Pixel Fonts Explained

    FLASH 8

    EXAMPLES

    Senocular – Examples
    [WITH FLAS]
    **

    http://www.senocular.com/pub/flash/8/index….php?f=tvstatic

    Franto – Collected
    Flash 8 examples by beta testers
    **

    http://www.franto.com/blog2/collected-link…lstrom-examples

    Kirupa – Flash 8 Online
    Examples Roundup
    *

    http://www.kirupa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=188316

    Andre Michelle – Flash8
    Experiments

    http://8ball.andre-michelle.com/lab/

    Flash Guru – Flash 8
    Examples

    http://www.flashguru.co.uk/maelstrom/


    TUTORIALS

    Kirupa – Useful Flash 8
    Tutorials and Resources

    http://www.kirupa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=190941

    http://www.kirupa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=190937
    (Flash 7)


    INFORMATION

    Ultrashock – Flash 8
    Forums

    http://forums.ultrashock.com/forums/forumd…?s=&forumid=120
    http://msn.ultrashock.com/
    - popular threads

    WEBCAM EXAMPLES

    ·
    Motion detection (great)

    ·
    Camera underwater (great)

    ·
    blendModes applied to
    video

    ·
    Interactive video with Flash8

    ·
    Camera activity

    ·

    Camera smoke

    ·
    Another Interactive camera

    ·
    Interactive piano

    ·
    Andy Warhol webcam

    ·
    Liquid video

    ·
    Flash 8 FLV Ripple Effect

    INSPIRATION

    INTERACTION DESIGN SITES

    http://www.asterikstudio.com/

    http://www.de-construct.com/

    http://kaledi.youki.be/

    http://www.designedge.sg/

    http://www.dc3e.com/

    http://www.crashshop.com/

    http://tngrm.com/

    http://www.leoburnett.ca/

    http://www.subdisc.com/

    http://amaztype.tha.jp/

    http://www.posttool.com/

    http://levitated.net/exhibit/index.html

    http://enjoygreenergrass.com/

    http://www.pixelranger.com/

    http://www.stenkat.com/

    http://marumushi.com/

    http://www.fluid.nl/

    http://www.webcreme.com/

    http://www.csl.sony.co.jp/person/rekimoto/

    http://www.crashmedia.com/

    INTERESTING USES OF FLASH

    http://www.vodafone.com/flash/futures/ -
    VODAFONE FUTURE SITE

    http://www.ikea.com/ms/sv_SE/kampanj/fy06_dromkok/dromkok.html
    - IKEA

    http://www.bit-101.com/

    http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/GeneralInterest/Harrison/Flash/#class_mech
    – PHYSICS FLASH ANIMATIONS

    http://www.flashearth.com/

    http://www.slideshowpro.net/index.php -
    Slideshow based on XML feed from Flickr Sets or any XML

    http://www.prinzmyshkin.com
    – page flip

    http://www.actionscripts.org/showMovie.php?id=459
    – tutorial of page flip

    http://specialized.com/bc/techlab_optics.jsp?a=b

    – some interesting animations

    http://www.marumushi.com/apps/flickrgraph/

    http://www.pianographique.net/

    http://www.billyharveymusic.com/

    http://www.cookie.pl/wwweng2.html

    http://www.mailorderchickens.org/

    SOFTWARE

    Flash
    Communication Server
    – Let’s you
    run webcams and more

    http://www.macromedia.com/software/flashmediaserver/productinfo/features/

    Swift 3D – 3D vector graphics animation tool

    http://www.erain.com/products/swift3D/

    Projector/Standalone
    converter Programs

    http://www.mprojector.com/

    http://www.screentime.com/software/mprojector/

    http://www.northcode.com/index.php

    http://www.multidmedia.com/

    SWF2AVI

    http://www.pizzinini.net/projects/swf2avi/

    DOCUMENTATION

    Flash Video Links/Documentation

    http://www.phillipkerman.com/wholestory/

    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/flash/video_templates.html

    Webcam Links/Documentation

    http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_16457
    – Flash Media Server TechNote – Problems using multiple settings
    for one capture source

    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/flashcom/articles/broadcast_receiver_03.html
    - live video broadcast

    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/flashcom/articles/first_comm_app.html

    - creating video chat

    http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/search/index.cfm?loc=en_us&term=webcam
    – search for webcam on Macromedia

    http://www.macromedia.com/support/flashcom/documentation.html
    - Flash Comm Server

    Support Center

    http://www.flashcomguru.com/apps/port_test/index.cfm
    - Flash Com Guru – Port Tester [ test open ports with Flash Comm ]

    http://www.flashcomguru.com/tutorials/switch_cams.cfm
    - Using 2 cameras

    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/flash/articles/live_video_switcher_print.html

    - Live Video switcher

    http://flash-communications.net/sourceCode/index.html
    - Flash Communication Server Source Code and Examples

    Flash Lite for Mobile

    Links/Documentation

    http://www.scottjanousek.com/blog/macromedia/flash/archives/000098.html
    - The Unofficial FlashLite 1.1 Reference
    Sheet v1.0

    http://www.biskero.org/

    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/p_s/i/flash/

    http://justin.everett-church.com/index.php/2005/07/10/flash-lite-flas-from-flash-forward/

    http://www.blueskynorth.com/swf2sis/

    http://www.motocoder.com/motorola/pcsHome.jsp

    http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/devices/flashlite.html

    http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/webforums/forum/categories.cfm?catid=472

    http://www.macromedia.com/mobile/supported_devices/

    http://www.macromedia.com/mobile/

    http://www.macromedia.com/mobile/supported_devices/handsets.html

    http://www.nokia-asia.com/nokia/0,1522,,00.html?orig=/6680

    http://www.flash-lite.de/downloads2.html

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    ZBrush

    Hello World. Meet Aaron.

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    .NET 2.0 Express Edition 2005

    Be sure to download your [free copy] of .Net 2.0 Express Edition 2005 from [MSDN] while you can. Also, you’ll need the [Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)]. Additional info: [Visual C++ with the Platform SDK].


    Backup of steps, in case they disappear off the face of this earth:

    Using Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition with the Microsoft Platform SDK

    By Brian Johnson,
    Microsoft Corporation

    You
    can use Visual C++ Express to build powerful .NET Framework
    applications immediately after installation. In order to use Visual C++
    Express to build Win32 applications, you’ll need to take just a few
    more steps. I’ll list the steps necessary for building Win32
    applications using Visual C++ Express.

    Step 1: Install Visual C++ Express.

    If you haven’t done so already, install Visual C++ Express.

    Step 2: Install the Microsoft Platform SDK.

    Install the Platform SDK over the Web from the Download Center. Follow the instructions and install the SDK for the x86 platform.

    Step 3: Update the Visual C++ directories in the Projects and Solutions section in the Options dialog box.

    Add the paths to the appropriate subsection:

    Executable files: C:Program FilesMicrosoft Platform SDKBin

    Include files: C:Program FilesMicrosoft Platform SDKinclude

    Library files: C:Program FilesMicrosoft Platform SDKlib

    Note: Alternatively, you can update the Visual C++ Directories by modifying the
    VCProjectEngine.dll.express.config file located in the vcvcpackages subdirectory of the Visual C++
    Express install location. Please make sure that you also delete the file “vccomponents.dat” located in the
    “%USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftVCExpress8.0″ if it exists before restarting
    Visual C++ Express Edition.

    Step 4: Update the corewin_express.vsprops file.

    One
    more step is needed to make the Win32 template work in Visual C++
    Express. You need to edit the corewin_express.vsprops file (found in
    C:Program FilesMicrosoft Visual Studio 8VCVCProjectDefaults) and

    Change the string that reads:

    AdditionalDependencies=”kernel32.lib” to

    AdditionalDependencies=”kernel32.lib
    user32.lib gdi32.lib winspool.lib comdlg32.lib advapi32.lib shell32.lib
    ole32.lib oleaut32.lib uuid.lib”

    Step 5: Generate and build a Win32 application to test your paths.

    In
    Visual C++ Express, the Win32 Windows Application type is disabled in
    the Win32 Application Wizard. To enable that type, you need to edit the
    file AppSettings.htm file located in the folder
    “%ProgramFiles%Microsoft Visual Studio
    8VCVCWizardsAppWizGenericApplicationhtml1033″.

    In a text editor comment out lines 441 – 444 by putting a // in front of them as shown here:

    // WIN_APP.disabled = true;
    // WIN_APP_LABEL.disabled = true;

    // DLL_APP.disabled = true;
    // DLL_APP_LABEL.disabled = true;

    Save and close the file and open Visual C++ Express.

    From
    the File menu, click New Project. In the New Project dialog box, expand
    the Visual C++ node in the Product Types tree and then click Win32.
    Click on the Win32 Console Application template and then give your
    project a name and click OK. In the Win32 Application Wizard dialog
    box, make sure that Windows application is selected as the Application
    type and the ATL is not selected. Click the Finish button to generate
    the project.

    As a final step, test your
    project by clicking the Start button in the IDE or by pressing F5. Your
    Win32 application should build and run.

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