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Offline rcallicotte

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Asteroid Group Builder
« on: March 17, 2008, 04:33:03 PM »
This will create asteroid groups or fields.  This is for PC only.  It is in Beta and so I already know about the following -

The node groups created still need to be neater.

The more asteroids, the slower your machine will go. 

By choosing to increase the group size, you will increase the amount of time the program runs.  A lot.  Be patient and you will be happy you waited.

The farther out your asteroid group, the more unpredictable the asteroid group's behavior.  Two behaviors I know about at greater distances - lighting decreases and the asteroids within the group spread out more.

Have fun.  This program is a step toward creating something; not the actual final creation.  Use it as a step gap. 
« Last Edit: March 18, 2008, 11:45:40 AM by calico »
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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 06:26:13 PM »
Cool work mate!
I'm personally not really interested in creating orbital renders but it might be useful for other purposes as well.
So thanks for developing this and sharing it with us! ;D

Martin

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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008, 06:30:46 PM »
Thanks, TU.

It basically creates groups of asteroids at various heights.  Almost deep space included.

Cool work mate!
I'm personally not really interested in creating orbital renders but it might be useful for other purposes as well.
So thanks for developing this and sharing it with us! ;D

Martin
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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008, 07:04:36 PM »
Thank you!
Hnmh.... could this be used as a replacement for the sphere object populator that doesn't seem to work?.... Let's try...
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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2008, 11:07:09 AM »
Just downloaded this Calico and got this message on my first startup(see attatchment), any ideas?


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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2008, 11:44:14 AM »
I can see you ran this from inside the zip.  Extract it first and then run it from Windows

« Last Edit: March 18, 2008, 11:46:34 AM by calico »
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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008, 11:49:09 AM »
Same thing again. I assume it's a problem at my end, no-one else seems to have had it.
Cheers anyway, man. It looks like a promising little app, I'll go through my machine with the nitcomb and try again...

*Edit*

Once the error message appears and I click 'close', the tgd-xml process is still running in my task manager until I end it there too, odd. ???
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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2008, 01:37:23 PM »
dandelO, I did some testing on another computer without incident, but I haven't done any thorough testing.  Would you mind giving me a screenshot of that error message?
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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2008, 02:26:50 PM »
No need for another screenshot, Calico, it's just the same as the first one I posted... 'TGD-XML has encountered a problem and needs to close', but it doesn't start in the first place to close, if you know what I mean. Like it's some sort of twisted splash screen,  :D
I click on the close button on the message but the application process is apparently still running.

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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2008, 02:34:21 PM »
@DandelO, do me a favor.  Would you re-download the zip and then unzip it before using it?  It might have been corrupted the first time.

If you have time for this, let me know if it's the same ol' same ol' and and I'll look into it further.  Don't have a lot to go on at this point.

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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2008, 07:30:31 PM »
thats realy cool thanks mate
will give it a try ;D

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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2008, 11:36:37 PM »
This works very nicely, thank you!   :)
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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2008, 01:46:46 PM »
Hey, it's run within the program??? If so, how!!!!!!

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Re: Asteroid Group Builder
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2008, 12:02:53 PM »
Nope.  It just runs and creates a TGC file for you, based upon the name you give it (like calico.TGC).  You can then add the clip file inside of TG2.

Remember - the higher the settings the longer the creation time.  But, be patient.  It'll give you plenty of asteroids to work with, whether small or larger settings.

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