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Newsletter - September 1st, Labor Day 2014

Exporting Terrain Meshes to Wavefront OBJ

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Hello, here is another very quick update and preview of Howler 9.5 with the Dogwaffler of the Moment newsletter.

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We continue to develop Howler 9.5, and hope to have it out shortly, perhaps mid September.
Here is a look at the 3D Designer's continued evolution, its new look and some more new features, particularly the ability to export the 3D terrain mesh as Wavefront OBJ files, for use in other popular programs that support .obj files.

ou can still pre-order and save 20% on upgrading from 9.2, by paying just $20. This will, as indicated earlier, stay in effect until the release, and shortly beyond. Thereafter, the price for upgrading from Howler v9.2 to v9.5 will be $25.

You get great discounts also for pre-ordering an upgrade from earlier versions such as v7 or v8, or even from much earlier versions. If you have a discount coupon already, try it in the order form at  -  If it doesn't seem to 'take', i.e. if it doesn't show a discount on your price total when entered, be sure to contact us. We'll be happy to send you a new discount coupon made for your current version. If you never received a discount coupon before, just let us know which version you currently use, and where you bought it. In most cases we can award you a discount of 30% to 50%, depending on your version.

Plus, don't forget that you can also pre-order from the developer himself  directly: Dan Ritchie at


Coming with Howler 9.5 - OBJ Mesh Export

A new feature that's coming with Howler 9.5's 3D Designer is a set of choices for various exports. You can 'store' many image maps that represent various pieces of the constructed 3D terrain. This includes the Z-buffer's depth map, a lighting map, a texture map and a few others.

storing and exporting maps and the

Here's a look at some of the image maps that can be stored, and the OBJ export option seen in the lower left corner of the 3D Designer's new look.

(click the image for the full view)

Below is a screen capture depicting a final render done with 3D Designer plus additional post work for the gradient sky and Sun with lens flares. The left side of the image shows various image maps that have been stored, such as the Z-buffer's depth map, the elevation map, the light map, erosion map etc...

various stored
                            images, and a final render with additional
                            post work

(click image to enlarge)

One of the newest members amongst these storing or export options is for exporting the 3D mesh of the terrain into a Wavefront OBJ file. This popular format can then be used to import the mesh into other software, such as 3D programs and even other 2D painting or imaging tools with 3D layers.

In the following video below, we take a closer look at the Wavefront OBJ export. We also show, as an example, how to load the exported mesh into Carrara. We also show other ways to further develop the texture map while still in Howler, in case you want to render or even animate it all in Howler's 3D Designer, or in Puppy Ray, the ray tracer of PD Howler.

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And here is a video that presents a general view of what's new so far and talks about the new look of 3D Designer:

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