New Controls in Art of Illusion

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New Controls in Art of Illusion

Postby dcuny » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:41 am

It looks like the Art of Illusion folk have been busy - this showed up on the AoI discussion board today:
Francois Guillet wrote:Here is the first finished draft ! As usual here are links to downloads for
2.3ea1 :

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/francois.p.guil ... lusion.jar
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/francois.p.guil ... lyMesh.jar
<...snip...>
This was quickly followed by someone posting links to screenshots:
komatta wrote:If anyone wants a preview, here are screenshots of the manipulator, as you toggle through the 3 coordinate modes using the 'W' key:

1.Object: http://www.friendlyskies.net/AoI/manipobject.jpg
2.View: http://www.friendlyskies.net/AoI/manipview.jpg
3.Face Normal: http://www.friendlyskies.net/AoI/manipnormal.jpg
The controls look a lot like the ones from project messiah. It looks pretty cool!

I'd love to play with them and see how they work, but right now I'm a bit distracted - a bunch of termites have started burrowing out of the main support beam of the house. We'll be calling the exterminator tomorrow, but I've already got a strong suspicion that I'm very, very screwed. :(
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Postby sascha » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:33 am

That's certainly an improvement.
But although you don't like the knobs, JPatch has this kind of manipulator since version 0.3 :wink:

I can't help it, but AOI is not quite my cup of tea. When I first looked at it, I was discouraged by the odd GUI and was unable to figure out how to use it. No example files in the distribution and (IIRC) no online documentation didn't help either (when I first looked at it - in the meantime there is an online documentation).

If I had not read about it here in the forum I wouldn't have looked at it again - which is a pity, because AOI is certainly worth taking a look.

I don't have any expirence with it, but from a "first impressions" perspective myStudio looks a lot better than the original AOI.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of programs that come with a lot of bells and whistles but no functionality. On the other hand, people are uses to work with applications that feature state of the art GUIs, so any new application should adhere to certain minimum standards.

I know that this is quite hard to achieve, I'd guess that 90% of the JPatch code deal with the GUI, and it's far from being perfect - but after all I don't have "This version is both stable and powerful enough to be used for serious, high end animation work. Many of its capabilities rival those found in commercial programs." written acrosse the homepage :)

I'd love to play with them and see how they work, but right now I'm a bit distracted - a bunch of termites have started burrowing out of the main support beam of the house. We'll be calling the exterminator tomorrow, but I've already got a strong suspicion that I'm very, very screwed.

:shock: This doesn't sound good. I hope the damage is not too serious.
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Postby dcuny » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:21 pm

sascha wrote:I can't help it, but AOI is not quite my cup of tea. When I first looked at it, I was discouraged by the odd GUI and was unable to figure out how to use it.
I hope they continue to move in that direction, because there are a lot of really nice things about AoI.

I don't have any expirence with it, but from a "first impressions" perspective myStudio looks a lot better than the original AOI.
I agree. I'm sort of suprised that Peter didn't take it as a hint to spruce AoI up! ;)

myStudio seems dead in the water at this point.

:shock: This doesn't sound good. I hope the damage is not too serious.

We'll have someone come out Wednesday. I suspect that it's repairable - just expensive. :roll:
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