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Submitted By Fai on 11/02/20
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Hello everyone,
 
Recently I've been off of Mars more, and trying out some new software. So now I'm here (briefly) to give you a report on the programs I've been using. 
 
Sketchup (Basic Level Design Program) - www.sketchup.com
 
Everyone knows that I am a sketchup fan. It's my favorite program, and is a good one to start with and learn the basics of design. On the surface level it appears to be a simple program, capable only of drawing lines and faces. But it's actually a rather complex program if you look into the secondary options of tools, and tools that are not on the tool bars or menus. My favorite tool in sketchup is <intersect selected>. I use this tool a lot in my work, and it makes design a lot easier. what it does is it take two faces that are not connected, but intersecting, and it draws the lines at the intersection points, making for a clean cut away. 
 
Modo501 (Advanced Level Design Program) - www.luxology.com
 
I was able to get the trial for Modo501 for a time, which was a lovely experience. Modo is so powerful in what it can do, and the recent 501 update is amazing. It's easier than blender to learn, but harder than sketchup. Despite this however, it can make some powerful models. Practically anything from a cat to a fighter plane. It's expensive though, close to 1000 US dollars. 
 
Unity 3.2 (Indie Level Data Program) - www.unity3d.com
 
As all of you know, Mars and Syn3h are made by Unity. Unity 3.2 was a major upgrade for me, as I've been using 2.6 for the past few months. The asset store is lovely, as is the snapping upgrades. Just download it to see!
 
V-Ray (Intermediate Level Rendering Program) - www.vray.com
 
...is my new favorite program. It takes a sketchup model and applies your own custom textures to it for a photo realistic texture. I highly recommend this program to any sketchup user. Be aware that it does not texture your model, it makes a photo that has the textures applied. 
 
Blender (Intermediate Level Design Program) - www.blender.org
 
Blender is a complex mesh program, used mainly by those who already have experience with things like coding. It's difficult to learn, but more flexible than sketchup once you do. I do not use blender much, but I know those who do, and they like it.
 
Cheetah 3d (Intermediate Level Design Program) - 
 
Cheetah 3d is a nice program for modeling and rendering. It's not too complex, and has several well made tutorials to go along with it. It isn't free, but the program is still fun to play with. 
 
There are plenty more programs for you to find and use, but these are my favorite. Just sharing.
 
Modeled with Google SketchUp, rendered with V-Ray
 
All the best,
Fai

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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 15:15 GMT
Nice!..... I have Sketchup 8, and I am a total newbie to that.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
2 weeks - 18,835v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 18:35 GMT
It comes. Just work on using the tools, and they become more handy. Eventually, you develop a style, like Seb's Style is different than mine, even though we both work on the same type of projects.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 day - 3,946v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 18:38 GMT
What exactly is a SketchUp style? Is it the tools you use, what you create?
Oh, and isn't Modo like $500 or something like that? EDIT: nevermind.
-Drift
 
And also, I thought Unity was just a plugin to play 3D games... 
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Re: A Designer's Tools
2 weeks - 18,835v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 18:44 GMT
I'll answer your questions in order....
 
A sketchup style is how you go about making a model. For example, someone may start with a plane, where as another may start with a line to make a box. It depends.
 
Modo is about 1000 US dollars. 
 
Unity player is the plug-in you use to play games, but the program Unity Indie is what we use to create worlds, and Aubrey uses Unity Pro for Mars and Syn3h.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 day - 3,946v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 18:54 GMT
Ok, I think that makes sense now.
Oh, and how long did it take to make that in SketchUp?
I have made some small models before but nothing like that... Or is it just VRay that makes it look so good?
-Drift
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Re: A Designer's Tools
2 weeks - 18,835v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 23:47 GMT
That model used a lot of tools, but was a fairly quick model (about 10 minutes). The V-Ray makes it look better, but you still need a basic model.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
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Posted 2011/02/20 - 21:58 GMT
What it's sketchup 8 already?? Last time I had sketchup it was at version 6.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 22:16 GMT
Funny fai, always the same pattern with you. You take off for a while, come back, add a couple semi-mean comments to someone's posts then post something yourself that's really, realy useful and cool like this.  Thanks.  :P
 
It can be very confusing for beginners what program does what, creates models, creates worlds, adds physics, ties it all together, imports, exports, hosts, etc etc. Good to explain these things as above.
 
Oh, and very slick looking toothpick and earring!
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Re: A Designer's Tools
2 weeks - 18,835v
Posted 2011/02/20 - 23:49 GMT
Oh gee thanks Krunch, knew I could count on you to come and reprimand me in my time of need. :P
(For all the noobs out there, I (think) am friends with Krunch...)
 
I'll edit it a bit to say what each program does, basically.
 
It's not a tooth pick and earring krunch, it's a chopstick and a small ramen bowl. (obviously.) :P
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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 0:30 GMT
It looks more like a pressure plate and screwdriver. :D
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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 day - 3,859v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 14:08 GMT
No no no no no.  It's a needle and a sewer lid.  :P
 
Actually it isn't bad.  I need sketchup, *mutters* cursed non-admin account.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 0:32 GMT
No sarcasm meant at all. You did ad some detail before I commented which I'm sure folks appreciate.
 
Seriously cool looking sword and shield!
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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 day - 3,946v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 3:01 GMT
LOLOLOLOL
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Re: A Designer's Tools
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Posted 2011/02/21 - 0:17 GMT
AGH!!! You didn't add Kerkythea. I still think its a better renderer. I'll check out Vray. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
2 weeks - 18,835v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 0:45 GMT
I have yet to try Kerkythea, so I didn't add it.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 day - 3,946v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 3:02 GMT
What the heck is Kerkehwhata?
Does is cost anything, Mac or PC?
-Drift
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Re: A Designer's Tools
2 weeks - 18,835v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 13:40 GMT
Kerkythea (Ker-key-thee-uh) is another option for rendering in sketchup. I like the way Vray renders.
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Re: A Designer's Tools
1 day - 3,946v
Posted 2011/02/21 - 18:09 GMT
I see.
-drift

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