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Normal maps and DDS conversions - couple of useful *Free* tools

Discussion in 'Tools programming' started by ziporama, 14/1/07.

  1. ziporama

    ziporama

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    I have found two little gems in terms of saving to DDS and to create normal maps needed for FSX bump maps.


    .Net based DDS converter in C# and Managed DirectX:


    http://www.codeproject.com/cs/media/NormalMapCompressor.asp

    The program loads normal files and outputs a DDS using .NET and shows you a preview of the bumpmaps in a DX window, has C# source code.

    Note if you intend to only get the source code: also get the installer, as it has the images and filters necessary to run the code.

    Normal map plug-in for The GIMP 2.2

    http://nifelheim.dyndns.org/~cocidius/normalmap/

    This one creates normal maps from height maps in the GIMP image editor, duplicating the functionality of the Nvidia photoshop normalmap.

    Note: there's also a dds export plugin for GIMP, but it's not quite as nice as the .NET tool above.

    Gimp can be found at http://www.gimp.org/


    Cheers,


    Etienne
  2. mikesflight

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    Hi Etienne

    Many thanks for the links. I have recently moved from PSP7 to the Gimp and so your links are much appreciated.

    Cheers
    Mike
  3. manfred

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    Hi Etienne,
    is it possible to share this tool. I don't like to register for one download, because the download is only for member :(

    Thanks.
  4. ziporama

    ziporama

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    Hi Manfred,

    As much as I'd like to, I unfortunately cannot redistribute the code without the permission of the author. I would recommend you sign up on CodeProject as it is free, has a number of great resources and articles, and you can always use a temporary e-mail address to get to the downloads if you are concerned about security and spam :)
  5. scruffyduck

    scruffyduck Administrator Staff Member FSDevConf team Resource contributor

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    Hi Etiene

    Thanks for pointing these out. Code Project is free as you say and is a great resource. I check over there every day :)

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