Gearing Up for Full ReleaseWith 2.61 I feel I am getting close to a full production release. In the coming weeks we'll be running through two Release Candidate releases RC1 and RC2. During this phase I will be running through a full quality audit of all functions within MeshCreator. In addition, I will be tying up a few outstanding bugs and adding a few final feature requests. Primarily I will be looking to add: - Mesh Extrusion Function - Automated Texture to Surface mapping - Export to STL file (Raw Surface Triangle Data)These will be added into the RC1 Candidate. At this point, full public testing will commence and any resulting bug fixes will be rolled into RC2. Finally, following a second phase of ...
Posted 6 Feb 2013 14:40 by Richard S
Texture Coordinate Importing DemoImporting Texture Coordinates from the .OBJ files isn't too much of a problem and correctly assigning them to the appropriate vertices is now functioning correctly. This means that more complex textured models can now be imported into MeshCreator. The following is a demonstration of this import functionality:Original OBJ File is was from 3dvia.com.
Posted 11 Jan 2013 16:04 by Richard S
Improvements to OBJ ImportsImporting OBJ files has been overhauled to make it more efficient with the memory allocation meaning it can support larger files than ever. Add that to some other general performance improvements and I think we have the most significant update to MeshCreator yet. It can handle meshes with large numbers of vertices and, even with the application processing overhead is still usably fast on my machine which has a fairly low end laptop graphics adapter. Take a look at this screenshot that shows an OBJ Model of a Starwars Walker having been loaded into MeshCreator:We are looking at over 400,000 vertices. MeshCreator wasn't designed to generate such intricate models but this shows that it can certainly handle ...
Posted 3 Jan 2013 14:40 by Richard S
Import .OBJ Files into MeshCreatorImport of simple (non-textured) OBJ files into MeshCreator is now possible in the latest release. I have also been able to tie down the cause of some additional bugs in the software so these can be fixed in the next release. I have made some improvements to the normal calculation functions to make them more efficient and added the normal calculation status to the debug window. I have some ideas on how to improve the software so I want to run some tests with those and see how they will impact the overall experience.
Posted 30 Dec 2012 16:11 by Richard S
Export to .OBJ and more to comeFinally, after a long break away from development for MeshCreator I have now added functionality to export to WaveFront .OBJ files for Vertex/Triangle data which is a first step in making anything created in MeshCreator portable to other applications making MeshCreator take one step closer to being a viable solution for quick and easy 3D Model Creation for developers.Next steps include getting the .OBJ import functions into the code and expanding the library of default shapes and objects that ship with the App. All in all, a very small ammount of code for a very big step forward.
Posted 29 Dec 2012 13:27 by Richard S
2000+ Downloads and countingMeshCreator, since the 2.5x BETA release in November last year has just pitched over the 2000 downloads mark. Also, the new mailing list is now up and running and development progress is ramping up. Another new ALPHA is in the pipeline so watch out for that (hopefully in the next few days.) MeshCreator seems to be developing a web presence which is great, with new sites posting links regularly.It finally feels like MeshCreator is on its way to becoming a "Simple 3D Solution".
Posted 22 Mar 2011 16:25 by Richard ADM
Great Feedback and New featuresHave been receiving some great feedback from MeshCreator Users over the past month or so which is really helping me to focus on where I am and where MeshCreator is going. After the lull I have now begun the process of adding new features to MeshCreator and making it more usable. The bug list is growing again and I have a lot to get through but little by little it seems to be slowly coming together. I have posted some user created images in the gallery (thanks for sharing :) and things are starting to really move along.The latest ALPHA has now been pushed to the website and the 2.60 ALPHA program is now stable enough to replace 2 ...
Posted 13 Mar 2011 16:04 by Richard ADM
Slowly ramping up againThe last posted version of MeshCreator was back at the beginning of December last year. Since then, development has completely come to a halt. There are bugs to fix, functions to write and (it would appear) documentation to repair thanks to Google Sites forgetting where it put some of my images.I had planned on getting the 2.6x BETA out the door on the 1st February. This absolutely did not happen. There are several reasons for this and I feel it is only fair that I explain myself. Firstly, there was the holiday season and the new year. I have 5 kids so family time was a must. Then there were some severe performance issues that I have found ...
Posted 5 Mar 2011 14:26 by Richard ADM
900+ Downloads + New ALPHA + First video tutorial...As we move into December I have surveyed the mirror sites that are hosting/listing MeshCreator. The first BETA was published on the 1st November and in November it hit a little over 900 downloads if I include direct downloads from the website.Also, a new ALPHA build of MeshCreator v2.60 has been published on the website. It includes a major overhaul of vertex storage arrays and how the data is managed to make it better from a rendering performance point of view. Although this will have a negative impact on performance of the editor it should make it easier to produce fast rendering code for use in your applications. There are also some new features that are posted ...
Posted 1 Dec 2010 01:02 by Richard ADM
MeshCreator passes 600+ DownloadsSince the BETA build was published on the 1st November today we have passed the 600 downloads mark. This is with with help from external mirrors and freeware hosting sites. I will post the full count for November at the end of the month but I thought I would share this statistic.
Posted 20 Nov 2010 11:24 by Richard ADM
Problems with XP ResolvedThere was a problem with the code distribution that caused all version after RC1 to fail with an Exception Error on Windows XP. This problem has been resolved in Version 2.52 Build 108 which has some additional handling for File Path management. I believe the problem was caused by an Exception NTDLL.DLL on XP because of a corrupted file path for the config.ini file. Windows Vista and 7 versions of the DLL handled the exception gracefully but the XP Version had problems.New installer is posted in DOWNLOADSRELEASE NOTES have been updated
Posted 18 Nov 2010 14:05 by Richard ADM
MeshCreator BETA ReleasedI have now posted the Release build for the MeshCreator BETA. Version 2.52 build 100 had been posted in Downloads. The plan at the moment is to run the BETA program during the development cycle for the EUCLID release. I have already started drafting a set of feature and enhancement requirements for the next major release. I will then go to a full release with all features of NAPIER and EUCLID bundled.Download the BETA installer here
Posted 1 Nov 2010 15:09 by Richard ADM
All known bugs resolvedRC2 has been posted and all known issues have been resolved. Ready for final QA push before BETA release.
Posted 27 Oct 2010 16:24 by Richard ADM
QA Almost Completed6 Days to go. 6 Bugs to Fix. It is all systems go on the final stages of the MeshCreator BETA. Still some bugs to fix and adjustments to make. Website has been updated with a new look header ready for the big day. Preparations for the Texture Library and Model Library are underway and they should be ready for the release date too.
Posted 26 Oct 2010 05:59 by Richard ADM
Full QA Under Way... Worm Can OpenedSome really good progress with the testing of RC1. Need to catch as many bugs as I can before BETA Day. Trying Trying Trying... So far I have given the floorboards a good wallop and they are certainly coming out of the woodwork. Also, I am now finding some workflow improvements that should be made Post BETA that will make the software easier to use.
Posted 20 Oct 2010 11:48 by Richard ADM