Content tool chain poll

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Synchronist(Posted 2004) [#1]
"It's a minefield" ~MasterBeaker, quoted from this thread:
I'd like to take this a bit further. There seems to be a number of questions in the forums about the most suitable tools for content creation. There *are* a LOT of content creation tools out there for Blitz and I'd like to get a sampling from Blitz users on who uses what. When this poll concludes, I'll tally and normalize the results and post them in another thread for all to examine.

To participate in this poll there are three rules:
1. You may only list the tools that you ACTUALLY use. No "I'm gonna buy it" entries. Or, "this really looks cool" entries. You must actually have the tool and use it for your content creation.
2. No flaming, bitching or slamming. Please be civil and professional.
3. One entry per user please. No duplication.

Here's my entry to start things off: (Remember, this is what I actually use)

Wings3d - 3D modeler
MilkShape3d - rigging and animation
UU3D - UV mapping and .b3d export
Paint Shop Pro - texturing and 2D graphics

Bot Builder(Posted 2004) [#2]
Truespace 3 - (grimace) 3d modeler
UU3D - UV mapping and .b3d export
Gimp - texturing and 2D graphics

[Edit] Now I've found the joys of Wing3d so I'll probably use it instead of UU3D

jhocking(Posted 2004) [#3]
big money:
Maya ($2000) - modeling, texture mapping, animation, etc.
Photoshop ($650) - 2D image creation

dirt cheap:
Wings3D (free) - modeling
Ultimate Unwrap ($35) - texture mapping, file format conversion
CharacterFX ($15) - animation
GIMP (free) - 2D image creation

other tools:
Terragen (free/$80) - skybox rendering
Encounter 2000 (free) - sound editing
Audacity (free) - sound editing
gile[s] ($50) - lightmapping
FONText ($20) - bitmap fonts

Matty(Posted 2004) [#4]
Milkshape3d - modeling characters/props/levels, animating
Lithunwrap - texture mapping (free)
Gile[s] - lightmapping
Ultimate Paint - free paint utility - texturing (free)
IrfanView - image conversion, modification (free)
Tree[d] - tree generation for use with Gile[s]
Terragen - skyboxes (free - non commercial use)
notepad - simple data files

ZombieWoof(Posted 2004) [#5]
Poser 5
Adobe Photoshop
Programmers File Editor (PFE32)

Nacra(Posted 2004) [#6]
PaintShop Pro

RiverRatt(Posted 2004) [#7]
Adobe Photoshop
Painter Clasic
home made terrain editer

Knotz(Posted 2004) [#8]
Silo - modeling characters/props/levels
Ultimate Unwrap - UVMapping, conversion
Milkshape - conversion
CharacterFX - animating (soon to be obsolete)
PhotoShop - image work
Paint Shop Pro - conversion, small modifications
Dreamweaver - website
CityDesk - content management website
Giles[s] - lightmapping
Protean - code editing
Subversion - source control
Textpad - simple text editing
Inno Setup - setup creation
DailyBuild - build utility

Rob Farley(Posted 2004) [#9]
Milkshape - Modelling, animation, rigging.
Paint Shop Pro - 2D art/textures
LithUnwrap - Skinning
Soundforge 4 - Sound editing
Acid 2 pro - Mixing
Cubase - Music creation

N(Posted 2004) [#10]
Photoshop 7.0
3d Studio Max R3.1
Wings 3D
FONText (Free version)
Fruityloops (I have absolutely no idea what version I'm using anymore)

Since you say tools, does this include hardware/computer peripherals? If so, I'd like to add my Intuos 2 9x12" tablet to the list.

Sweenie(Posted 2004) [#11]
Wings3D - Modelling
Blender - Animation, rigging, UV mapping & rendering
Art Of Illusion - Modelling
Gimp - 2D graphics

Beaker(Posted 2004) [#12]
3DSmax + b3dpipeline
gile[s] + tree[d]

Big&(Posted 2004) [#13]
3D - 3DSMax, Pipeline, gile[s]
2D/Textures - Photoshop, Promotion.

Perturbatio(Posted 2004) [#14]
Truespace 6.6
Photoshop 6.0

Bob3d(Posted 2004) [#15]
Big Money:
Only Deep Paint3d(main tool). (when at a company, what ever they have. Have usde Max, a bit Maya, Adobe PS a lot.)

medium money:
Zbrush 1.55b (not the latest 2.x)
Amorphium 1

Little money
Ultimate Unwrap (main tool)
Character Fx (main tool)

Modelling: Wings3d(main tool) .Metasequoia.
Animation: character animation in Blender(soon,main tool for this)
Quick renders: Art of Illussion, Anim8or, Blender.
2d: Gimp, Ultimate paint 1.9f free.(adobe in companies) Sometimes even Deep3d and Zbrush.

jhocking(Posted 2004) [#16]
I forgot to mention B3D Tweak. Very useful for doing multitexturing and setting up brush FX in b3d files.

I just started using DeleD and Slim Shady. I don't expect these tools will replace any of my current workflow, but these are very good free options for level editing and lightmapping (respectively.)

Bob3d(Posted 2004) [#17]
can u post some screen of your results with slimshady... ?

i think with some tweaking it can be used for good :)

jhocking(Posted 2004) [#18]
I suppose I could. Don't hold your breath waiting though; like I said, that tool is just something I'm playing with, not planning to use seriously. I already have gile[s] and that's the best lightmapper around. But jfk deserves major props for creating a really good free lightmapping tool. No offense to Skitchy (not that he cares much, what with the splash he's making with his new tool ALE) but I really can't imagine anyone would buy Lightbulb now that a free tool is available which uses the same lightmapping engine AND has a better interface.

Come to think of it, if you'd like to see what kind of results people can get with Slim Shady, look for screenshots created with Lightbulb. It's the same lightmapping engine.

Synchronist(Posted 2004) [#19]
"i think with some tweaking it can be used for good :)"

Yeah, I hate it when they're used for evil... ;)

(Sorry, I couldn't resist)

Bob3d(Posted 2004) [#20]
@CodeMeister speeaaaaks baaad english... ;)


Well, actually I am purchasing now Giles. I want to have that quality.

scribbla(Posted 2004) [#21]
lightwave 8
terrabits converter
deeppaint 3d (no plug in for lw 8 as yet only 7.5)
paintshop pro

gpete(Posted 2004) [#22]
Poser 4
Paintshop Pro 6
Character FX

Aoneweb(Posted 2004) [#23]
Truspace 3
Paint shop pro 8
Texture maker
IBasic Std & Pro
3D rad
Multimedia fusion 1.5
Games factory pro
Game maker

Isaac P(Posted 2004) [#24]

Gimp/Paintshop Pro (could never personally justify buying photoshop)

Cartography Shop




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