Hey gang, this might be useful for some of you.
T.Ed ther Terrain and Skybox Editor is now free!
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"T.Ed is a complete solution for making huge outdoor worlds:
The technique behind designing and using terrain objects can be a minefield of choices, as there are so many different ways of doing it!
T.Ed is designed primarily for games programmers and 3D artists to make those choices easier. There are 2 main categories regarding terrains in games, 'Mesh' and 'Dynamic/LOD'. T.Ed can help in the development of both!
T,Ed is a dedicated terrain tool to allow the creation of small to large mesh landscapes, either as a series of blocks, or as a single terrain. It allows for superb blended textures either by using vertex alpha or by rendering a 'Supertexture' for each terrain block.
T.Ed Can be used as a stand alone world editor or as a wraparound for your favorite level creation software:
On it's own, it can now process props like buildings, trees, bridges and even 3d sprites or simple animated meshes like swaying trees! Using the supplied code (darkbasic and blitzbasic formats) you can reload everything from the suns angle to the script on a prop, (ie the key number required to open a door!)
If using as a wraparound, you can load in a building/level from say.. CS4, self lightmapped with it's own properties, place it on the terrain, lightmap it to the terrain, and then put trees around it etc. The best thing about the way T.Ed uses the meshes means you can keep the building/level's internal properties all the way to your game world. Also, because ted's save file simply references the mesh, any updates to the original mesh will flow through, without the need for re importing into TED!
Through an easy to use and learn interface, featuring mouse look and game walk controls, you will be walking around your virtual lanscape in minutes.
The software and exports also take into account the problems of using entity/texture alpha with vertex alpha, and has features designed in to eliminate those dreaded problems.
T.Eds Own Environment / prop output file (.epr)Complete with open file spec & source. Load and edit properties for 3D meshes (props) like houses etc. Even give them custom properties and scripts.
DirectX .X mesh(s)with rendered supertexture, highly compatable and easy to parse/convert ascii. There is also option to store vertex alpha in the .X.
Blitz B3D mesh(s) with vertex alpha and optimized layering on either surfaces, or child meshes.
Dynamic Terrain Kit Export (by using the supertexture and heightmap exports) T.Ed can give a dynamic terrain the blended look.
Easy to use windows like interface, with 'mouse look' and 'game walk' controls
Versitile editing tools that even alow you to create overhangs and vertical walls!
New V4 features prop management and placement Create complete worlds with trees and buildings, then give them custom properties!
New V2 features lots of new tools including autotexture by height & slope!
Uses an alpha-limit blending technique to stop vertex alpha Z-Order problems
Ability to edit large mesh terrains in realtime up to 1024x1024*.
Can have 1000s of simulated textures by using vertex colour combined with 6 pre-loaded textures
Create great looking, realistic blended landscapes.
Lightmapper to shadow the landscape
Supertexture Renderer For those who dont want or cannot use vertex alpha, you can now 'bake' the vertex layers and lightmap to one large texture!
Useful tools including paint height, auto quad-matching and tiling function to make 'infinite' terrains.
Configurable (and saveable) environment simulation for fog, water, sunlight etc.
B3D and DirectX .X for easy insertion into your games & other programs."