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Gravin

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  1. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    Please have a look at the mantis feature request here: http://3d-coat.com/mantis/view.php?id=1104 and add your +1 It's been mentioned before and it's apparently not as simple to code as it would seem but the more request we have the better chance there is it might get implemented.
  2. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    agreed
  3. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    I kind of like having the setting available in the top toolbar. It's much easier to change things on the fly this way. Maybe an option to show and hide the tool options and panels dynamically with a key press. Like the buttons in silo can be toggled off and on with the space bar.
  4. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    I think I'm going to agree with abnranger, I too would rather see some muscle added to the manual retopo workflow. As for the Shift key extrude on the fly request, is this something that we can accomplish with a macro now that we have scripting in 3dcoat? I haven't looked at the scripting at all in 3dcoat to be honest but this sounds a lot like the extender+ tool in lightwave and if we can script the switching back and forth between transform and extrude and back again it would be pretty easy to setup, just maybe not with the shift key as the shortcut...
  5. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    If Andrew says it's not easy then I trust that it's pretty difficult... It would be a nice touch to the polish of the program though. Providing consistency across the different storage panels/bins. Maybe I'm just anally retentive.
  6. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    aha, I thought it was probably an error on my part lol! Yeah I have your old presets installed, for some reason I assumed they were overwritten with the new build but it makes more sense that they would still be around as part of my local config. See this is why I made the request to have presets organizable into folders instead of one big list http://3d-coat.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=14579
  7. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    It's pretty easy to reproduce, just start a new scene, choose voxel sculpting, medium sphere, turn on symmetry, couple of strokes with grow brush, pick the softclay preset... this is where things get a little weird? sometimes 3dcoat doesnt do the auto switch to surface mode, if it does everything appears to be fine but if it stays in voxel mode after activating the preset there are random explosions. at least that is what appears to be happening. I'm using the most recent build, happens in both gl and dx versions of the non cuda builds, windows 7 x64, i5-2500k, firepro v5800 in case any of that matters.
  8. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    Am I the only one getting mesh explosions when switching from voxel mode to surface mode and using the rapid2 (softclay) brush?
  9. Gravin

    Silo is only $50 on steam

    Silo is a really nice app no doubt. In it's current state it is arguably one of the best dedicated modeling programs available. Of course there are other options, some with more features and some are even "free". No other software has the same feel or "zen" but atleast most of the alternatives are being improved upon still. The lack of development and consistant price drops suggest to me that the developers are more interested in cashing out and not fixing the little issues that still exist with there product. I've had a license for a few years now (paid over $150) and I used to use it daily but have since moved to clunkier but more feature ritch alternatives because of a few bugs and missing features that make it difficult to use it in my daily workflow. If you already have a dcc with reasonably capable modeling tools or you can learn blender I wouldn't recommend purchusing silo untile they put some effort into polishing it a bit more. Not saying it's not good at what it does as it is now just that in my opinion it looks like a dead parrot.
  10. was it this? http://scary-monsters.org/Scary_Store/about_reference_image
  11. 3DCoat was the only sculpting app I could really wrap my head around when I first started venturing into sculpting as well. I do still sometimes prefer good old fashioned polygon modeling depending on what I'm trying to achieve but 3DCoat is a lot more fun, it's more like playing and less like solving a puzzle. Like the others have said it's a deep tool making it very diverse and useful. It's also very actively being developed and improved. It's probably the best money I've spent on any software really.
  12. Gravin

    V4.1 BETA (experimental 4.1.17D)

    I think that as a program grows and starts to introduce more complexity and depth in it's tool set there will come a time when changing the presentation of the tools through the UI becomes an import design consideration. In some cases this can mean a radical shift in others it only requires a few small changes and in the case of 3dCoat I think a few minor changes (from a user experience standpoint) wouldn't hurt. Paving the way for a more unified and ergonomic user experience now will make future additions to the tool set easier to absorb into a users workflow. Right now there are a lot of panels and a lot of drop down menu entries in various places that could be handled a little more elegantly. I feel like I'm constantly compromising between working view-port area and open panels and some of the drop down text menus are long and at times difficult to navigate. I'm not saying things haven't improved through the beta, I really like the changes so far, I just think we as users shouldn't be afraid of further change as long as it's beneficial in the long view. That said I think Carlosa's proposal would go a long way toward simplifying the interface without introducing to radical a change.
  13. Gravin

    I am asking: WHY?

    Well to be honest AbnRanger did compare all of us on the opposing side of the argument against violent video games and movies to crack heads at one point.
  14. Gravin

    I am asking: WHY?

    Trust me highly valid points among Tea-Party members sound pretty ridiculous to some people in Texas as well. America is very polarized within itself on many issues so please don't lump us all together with the Tea-Party.
  15. Gravin

    I am asking: WHY?

    To cite a source on this topic that I heard last night on my way home from work on NPR, the number of victims of mass murder has stayed the same for several years now. Yes the venues have become more shocking but the overall number of victims hasn't changed. Unless you can show me hard numbers to back up the claim that violent fiction is the cause of so many mentaly unstable individuals ploting and performing these horrible acts I just can't accept the presumed corilation. I think we need to be pointing the finger at mental illness and environmental factors like abusive parents and exposure to real world horrors.
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