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Hello, here is another very quick update and
preview of Howler 9.5 with the Dogwaffler of the
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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.
You 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
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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 www.squirreldome.com
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.
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...
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.
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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