Help with choosing 3d engine

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Post by Ayath // Aug 16, 2008, 8:01am

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I am trying to construct an application for a kindergarten project which can utilize 3D objects (x-files) created in TS7.


From a list of objects on a side bar an object can be chosen and dragged(?) to the workspace. Here one must be able to move and turn each object horizontally to arrange them in a given pattern.

The workspace should be able to be viewed from different angles (lighting behind camera as well as ambient light).


The result will be printed on a colour printer.


A bit like those useful 3D architect thingy programs.


Since it is to be used by kids and novices I can't very well ask them to use TS7 ;)


Anyone know of a freeware engine I can use for this.

Post by JimB // Aug 16, 2008, 8:06am

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Have a look at Panda 3D
http://panda3d.org/


Jim

Post by Jack Edwards // Aug 16, 2008, 8:06am

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Hi Ayath, are you looking for a solution involving programing?

Post by Ayath // Aug 16, 2008, 8:37am

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Thanks JimB. I'll check out Panda.


@Jack

Looking for programming(?) Not sure what you mean by this.


Ayath

Post by Jack Edwards // Aug 16, 2008, 8:41am

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Not everyone is a programmer or looking for an SDK. In those cases Flash or Silverlight might be more what you're looking for.

This thread here has a good list of SDK and open source 3D engines available if you're looking for something involving programming:
http://forums1.caligari.com/truespace/showthread.php?t=6229

Post by Ayath // Aug 16, 2008, 9:01am

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This project actually started years ago as a joint venture with my daughter. I programmed the user interface and she programmed the 3D workspace needed. The 3D bit was way beyond my programming skills and she came straight from university and Computer Science.


I bought TS5.2 for this project and created the 3D models she used in the workspace.


She got busy. Got a job. A boyfriend.

Now she doesn't have the time to spare for her old dad anymore :( and since I have gotten TS7 now I thought it was time to start dreaming again.


I think I might be able to pick up PythonScript as I have programmed extensively for Neverwinter Nights in the past. It seems to me that Pthon Script isn't that remote from C which is the basic of NWN scripting.


I'll check out Panda and hope for the best.


I might come back in these forums and ask a lot of basic questions.


Ayath

Post by Eagle // Aug 17, 2008, 10:06am

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Thanks JimB. I'll check out Panda.


@Jack

Looking for programming(?) Not sure what you mean by this.


Ayath

I would say thats a big NO to the programming~ ;)


You might try the A7 engine, its point and click,


Always~

Vickie ;)

Post by instantmovieman // Aug 18, 2008, 3:18pm

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This one has a free trial. ShiVa!

Not priced that bad and you can publish to Mac's also.



http://www.stonetrip.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=28

Post by moogaloonie // Aug 29, 2008, 11:40am

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Since it is to be used by kids and novices I can't very well ask them to use TS7 ;)


Anyone know of a freeware engine I can use for this.


I don't know, those kids can pick up things pretty quick. I'd be more afraid of turning them onto tS and then seeing them do things in days that I couldn't do in a year!
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