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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    As I had indicated earlier, FSX materials are not implemented. This will need to be done at some stage. There are probably lots of things that need to be tweaked, but I think it is a good start. This was originally an OpenFlight modelling tool that was expanded to include MDL models. The...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Thanks Bill. There is an option under the Tools menu for Bump Map UVs (page 44), which creates bump maps. It is not well documented and it will need expansion in the manual, but it is there. The function will need to be expanded with the addition of the FSX/P3D materials as well.
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    I am glad you just volunteered to fix that if it goes FOSS... :D
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Thanks Arno. This is the Tutorial document with some basic modelling functions explained and demonstrated: http://www.fsdeveloper.com/downloads/J5Tutsv1-0.pdf This is the Manual that explains the various tools. The last chapter in this document explains the use of the FSX/P3D mdl...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Thanks Arno, I will send the files to you now. John
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Modeler Manual and Tutorial Document I can't seem to upload the manuals. They are pdf documents. Is there a file size limit? The tutorial pdf is 3.5Mb and the manual is about 6Mb. I also tried sending them in a zip and it fails too. Am I supposed to get approved first for upload...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    I am really unable to comment as I am still under agreements with MS and LM and yes, they both look at forums and I would like to say hi now to all of my former colleagues :-) It is public record that MS still own the IP to FSX and LM licence the source code to ESP from Microsoft...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    The work that needs to get done is C/C++ work to get rid of licensing code, rebrand and get it into a repository. I have indicated that I want to pay for a programmer to get these tasks achieved and I am looking to see if we might look at crowd funding to get it done. I have approached people...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Please see my answer to Arno. Of course I have asked developers and people are interested, but not motivated. As with most things, it takes a community willing to do something to make it happen. After over 20 years of managing engineering teams and also being involved in open source...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Please read my initial post. I will pay a developer to rebrand, remove the licensing and prepare it for SourceForge and subversion tracking. These aren't trivial tasks as this was commercial software with licensing options built in. I have already been down the track of asking for volunteers...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Well, the issue is that it will cost money initially to get it into a FOSS state. It won't just happen. People always want free, but the question is, are people willing to pay for it. :o
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Being open, the code would be available for someone to add that feature in if required.
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    3D Modeller Oh, and I did not mention that we also figured out a way to have damage and destruction modelling on FSX models as well within the current framework of MDL models. This is something that can be done within this modeling tool, although it is not documented anywhere as it was part of...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Let me turn this around, I am not familiar too much with FSDS or gmax. I have used them in the past, but not that much. What are the perceived or real limitations of these packages? What are the features that people would like to see or wish they had? I know that gmax is no longer supported...
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    Open Source 3D Modelling Tool for FSX/P3D

    Hi Bill, These are great questions. I am certainly open to suggestions and interested in any feedback. I have no agenda or opinion apart from looking at ways to get it out there and alive. It was my thought that there would be no cost at all to the end user and make it completely free and...
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