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by Kevin Gallant on 10/16/12 02:47:00 pm

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Game Physics Simulation - Bullet 2.81


Physics SDK

The new Bullet 2.81 Physics SDK is released. It includes an Apple contribution
of SIMD and Neon optimizations for Mac OSX and iOS. Some new
features include rolling friction ( so that curved shapes such as sphere, cylinders and
cones will stop rolling, even on a sloped  surface), a gear constraint, force and torque joint feedback, optional Coriolis forces and speculative contacts for fast moving
objects. 

http://bulletphysics.org/wordpress/

FMod Studio - Audio for Games

Main features of FMod: Easy implementation of API into game/program
DSP Software Architecture

Supported sound mode:
-    Mono -    Stereo -    5.1 surround sound -    7.1 surround sound
-    Dolby Pro Logic -    Dolby Pro Logic 2
Supported platforms:
-    Windows -    Macintosh -    Linux -    iOs -    Google Native Client -    Android
-    PS3 -    PSP -    PS Vita -    Xbox 360 -    Wii -    WiiU
Supported sound format:
-    AIFF -    ASF -    ASX -    DLS-    FLAC -    FSB (FMod’s sample bank format)

http://www.fmod.org/index.html

3D-Coat

3D-Coat is the one application that has all  the tools you need to take your 3D idea
from a block of digital clay all the way to a production ready, fully textured organic
or hard surface model.
Start sculpting without restriction using voxel technology - no worries about
topology

Create photo-realistic textures for your  models with as many layers and blending
effects as you need. 

http://3d-coat.com/what-is-3dcoat/

3D Architecture Animation Creator

Architect Growing Animations

Key Features of Standard Version:
• Generate position, rotation, scale and  visibility animation.
• Along the x, y, z direction generated  animation.
• Along the path generate animation.
• Anti-direction generate animation.
• Generated by random order.
• Objects along the x, y, z direction or randomly generate position, rotation, scale
animation.
• Objects along World or Local Coordinate System generate position, rotation, scale
animation.
• Can point out start frame of animation, length of frames for every segment of the
animation, length of internal frames between animation segments.
• Internal and segment of animation generated randomly.
• 3D Architecture Animation Creator can calculate position of the end frame.
• Set the moving distance, rotating angle  and percentage of scale.
• Any combination of position, rotation, scale and visibility can create complex
effect.

http://www.3dbrother.com/3ds-max/architecture-animation/3d-architecture-animation-creator.html


Pygame

Pygame is a set of Python modules designed for writing games. Pygame adds functionality on top of the excellent SDL library. This allows you to create fully featured games and multimedia programs in the python language. Pygame is highly portable and runs on nearly every platform and operating system. Pygame itself has been downloaded millions of times, and has had millions of visits to its website.

Pygame is free. Released under the GPL License, you can create open source, free, freeware, shareware, and commercial games with it. See the licence for full details.

http://www.pygame.org/download.shtml


Headus UV Layout

This is a great tool for speeding up your workflow by optimizing the way you unwrap your models.
This program helps visualize the seams and makes cutting your meshes a lot easier.
The basic workflow is doing cuts on the model in the edit window by pressing c and clicking on the loops you want and w for welding them and pressing enter to cut when you are happy with the selection. The program separates the piece so you can continue to cut the mesh easily. When you want to flatten it you can do so by pressing d and drop it to UV space. When you do so it disappears from the edit view and appears in the UV view. To relax the island you point and press f for flattening it.

For UV packing it has increased control by allowing you to group UV shells that you want to maintain together with boxes.
It also has a good way for pinning the UVs to get the desired result
In addition you can also straiten edges.
Its overall a good program that makes UV mapping easier than in 3ds Max UVW Unwrap tool.

http://www.uvlayout.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1


Flash Punk

Features:
1.FlashPunk is a free ActionScript 3 library designed for developing 2D Flash games
2.Timestep, animation, input, and collision is already coded for you
3.Framerate-independent and fixed-framerate timestep support
4.Fast & manageable rectangle, pixel, and grid collision system
5.Debug console for real-time debugging and information tracking
6.Quick & efficent particle effects and emitters
7.Powerful motion tweening for linear, curved, and path-based movement
8.Sound effect support with volume, panning, and fading/crossfading

http://flashpunk.net/


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