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Tutorials & Resources

User is offline   Alan 

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#1

The Tutorials & Resources Thread on 3D Realms is 3 pages packed full of really useful information for mod authors. Something with that much information obviously can't go to waste, so I'm going to start bringing information over from it. If anyone else would like to help, it would be very much appreciated. Please try to refrain from discussion posts (unless you need to point something out) until we've brought over as much as we can.

Anything that has been uploaded to the 3D Realms forums directly will be put forward to be hosted on Duke4.net's downloads section.



Tools
md2 Tools (md2 should be considered depricated, please use md3)

Quake 2 modeller
http://www.planetqua...iews/q2mod.html

md3 Tools

NPherno's .md3 Compiler
http://dl.fileplanet...q2pmp/NMD3C.zip

PNG Tools

OptiPNG: Advanced PNG Optimizer
http://www.cs.toront...ngtech/optipng/

PNGOUT
http://advsys.net/ken/util/pngout.exe
PNGOUT tutorial
http://advsys.net/ken/util/pngout.htm

32bit to 8bit tools

Bright
http://udn.epicgames.com/Two/TextureSpecif...s/bright181.zip

Image editors

the GIMP (open source)
http://www.gimp.org/

Photoshop (commercial)
http://www.adobe.se/...oshop/main.html

Paintshop Pro (commercial)
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite?pag...d=1047025487586

Wally (freeware) (can also browse and edit art files)
http://www.telefragged.com/wally/

3D modelers

Blender (open source)
http://blender.org/cms/Home.2.0.html

Milkshape (commercial)
http://www.swissquak...chumbalum-soft/

3DSMAX (commercial)
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index...&id=5659302

Maya (commercial)
http://www.alias.com/glb/eng/products-serv...amilyId=3900009

Blender

Both text and video tutorials for blender.
http://www.blender.o...s/Home.2.0.html

From the FAQ thread
http://www.gamedev.n...tures/blender1/
http://www.gamedev.n...tures/blender2/

3dsmax

3D Buzz
http://www.3dbuzz.co...display.php?f=7

3D Cafe
http://www.3dcafe.com/
freestuff->tutorials->3d studio max

UV unwrapping tutorial
http://www.fileplane...rkar/tut_uv.avi
use VLC or get this codec

Maya

3D Buzz
http://www.3dbuzz.co...isplay.php?f=14

3D Cafe
http://www.3dcafe.com/

freestuff->tutorials->maya

Photoshop

3D Buzz
http://www.3dbuzz.co...isplay.php?f=59

3D Cafe
http://www.3dcafe.com/

freestuff->tutorials->photoshop

The GIMP
http://gimp.org/tutorials/

Highcolor HRP textures

Original versions of files Parkar has optimized in the HRP. Most in bmp format since Bright was used to make them 8-bit.
http://www.fileplanet.com/dl.aspx?/hst/p/a...quality_tex.zip

Babe SDK

http://www.fileplanet.com/dl.aspx?/hst/p/a...ar/babe_sdk.zip

Parkar's Raw Texture Files

http://www.fileplanet.com/dl.aspx?/hst/p/a..._tex_source.zip

English & German Blender Tutorials

http://psycho3d.de/i...?page=tutorials

Image*After Phototextures

http://www.imageafter.com/

Killd a ton?s great to-do list:
http://cubed.dk/nobo...dn2do/build.php

Roma Loom?s GRP-Viewer (Tool to see the content of the grp-files, must have ):
http://www.freewebs....r/grpv_test.zip
(you have to copy this link and paste it into the address bar, otherwise it won?t work and you get a corrupt file!)

AlgorithMan's Sob-Bots (Win32 compatible)

http://www.AlgorithM...3D/SobBotPP.zip

Kev_Hectic's Raw Tile #866

http://members.shaw...._k/tile0866.rar

Voxel Editing Tools

Poly2vox: Useful for converting ASC/3DS or MD2/MD3 polygon models to .kvx voxel models.

Slab 6: Voxel editing program.

More information on these tools here at Ken's site.

DukeresART: DukeNukem Art Editor by Peter Gerber. Not really much of an editor, but useful for viewing the .art contents of .grp files, as well as copying and pasting tiles, making new .art files inside or outside a .grp, and exporting tiles to .bmp

Roma Loom's site is down but you can find mirrors for the GRPviewer here
http://www.dukespana.com/dl_details.php?vi...b73a0d9106a46c2
and here
http://www.freewebs....r/grpv_test.zip

The dreaded UV MAPPING is completely explained in Blender here:

http://www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/dojo/17...uv-texture.html

Blender Character Animation Tutorial

http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/BSo...acter_Animation

OBJ to MD2 Converter

http://www.misfitcod...del3d/main.html

Mayang's Texture Library

http://www.mayang.com/textures/

Tea Monster's tutorial on exporting MD3 from Blender using Plagman's MD3 script

http://shell.amigo.n...r/md3export.htm

Tutorial on super-detailed textures

http://forums.cgsoci...ad.php?t=373024

Stefan Morrell's Hard Surface Painting Tutorial

http://members.lycos.co.uk/piterplus/downl...%20Painting.chm

CGTextures Photo Library

http://www.cgtextures.com/

Environment Textures

http://www.environment-textures.com/

Complete Blender Guide PDF

http://www.cdschools.org/54223045235521/bl...B=0&C=55205

Blender Modeling Tricks

http://jmsoler.free.fr/didacticiel/blender...r/eng_index.htm

UV Mapping & Poly Reduction in Blender

http://otothecleaner.free.fr/tutorials/Gim...it1/gimpit.html

Blender Animation Tutorial

http://otothecleaner.../Flor/flor.html

Blender Video Tutorials

http://www.spaghetti...downloadpot.htm

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User is offline   TerminX 

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  #2

Thanks for grepping some of that info from the original thread and putting it here. Hopefully the 3DR forums don't go down any time soon as there are 55 some odd pages of threads just in the Duke Nukem 3D Modifications forum alone and there is a TON of good info in some of them.

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User is offline   Daedolon 

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I'm not sure if I'm even supposed to post in this thread. But if anyone knows a batch MD3 animation frame re-namer, would you kindly point me to it.

I'm using MilkShape 3D for modeling and it has no functionality to choose a range of frames and give them names (like idle0 through idle28). I'm currently using the NMD3C tools and going through each frame manually and typing names for them and it gets really tedious for models with over 100 frames, especially if I need to go back and correct the animation/model.

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User is offline   Tea Monster 

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Honestly, I find it much easier to edit the .def file with find and replace!

But if anyone knows of something that would do that, it would be great!
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View PostDaedolon, on May 9 2009, 09:10 AM, said:

I'm not sure if I'm even supposed to post in this thread. But if anyone knows a batch MD3 animation frame re-namer, would you kindly point me to it.

I'm using MilkShape 3D for modeling and it has no functionality to choose a range of frames and give them names (like idle0 through idle28). I'm currently using the NMD3C tools and going through each frame manually and typing names for them and it gets really tedious for models with over 100 frames, especially if I need to go back and correct the animation/model.


Here are two threads that "should" help you,

http://www.chumba.ch/chumbalum-soft/forum/...ead.php?t=19076

http://www.chumba.ch/chumbalum-soft/forum/...ead.php?t=19090

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User is offline   The Commander 

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3ds max 9 MD3 Exporter Plugin attached to this post, also

This here is a great website for models.

http://gfx-3d-model.blogspot.com/

Also has a few tut's avaible as well, would mainly suit MAX and Blender users.

Attached File(s)



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User is offline   Daedolon 

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View PostThe Commander, on May 9 2009, 05:27 AM, said:



Thanks, if this works like it looks to do, it's an end-it-all solution.

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User is offline   Mblackwell 

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Anyone have the latest Maya MD3 exporter?

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User is offline   Sangman 

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Heh, why not have a mapping tutorial in here as well? The Informational Suite at Duke Repository could serve that purpose:

http://infosuite.dukerepository.com/

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User is offline   Alan 

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Mapping tutorials are great, too. I'm trying to figure out how to sort everything in this thread so that it's easier to find what you're looking for. I might ask Yatta about making another section on the website for modding resources.

Abstraksjon: når man tror at noe gjør det enklere, men fører til at det blir komplisert.

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User is offline   Mblackwell 

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He really should. We can include old FAQs and create archival versions of many things. We can also link to the EDuke32 Wiki, and possibly edit some of the pages in old FAQs to link to relevant Wiki pages.

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User is offline   Sangman 

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View PostAlan, on May 9 2009, 10:28 PM, said:

Mapping tutorials are great, too. I'm trying to figure out how to sort everything in this thread so that it's easier to find what you're looking for. I might ask Yatta about making another section on the website for modding resources.


Making a comprehensive list isn't that difficult, just have enough titles, subtitles, lay-out and whatnot. Gotta admit the OP is quite chaotic at this point.

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User is offline   Jimmy 

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#13

I agree with Sang, its a bitch to read through. Yattix really needs to open up an area JUST for modding resources. Also, I think that the High Resolution Pack could benefit from its own little area.
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User is offline   Parkar 

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#14

Making to many sub forums is actually kinda counter productive if you ask me. Just more work to keep track of the discussions IMO.

Maybe lists of tutorials etc could be added to the HRP and eduke32 wikis and simply discussed in this thread. That way the lists of links could be kept in a more readable and easy to access maner.
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User is offline   Alan 

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With Yatta's help I've actually begun work on a section on the main site here. I'd be a lot further on it if my power and Internet weren't knocked off for hours. ;) I'm going to do my best to organize it in a way that makes sense and is easy to navigate.

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This all belongs on the EDukeWiki if you ask me.

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User is offline   The Commander 

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Tutorial on using Gimp to create bump maps.

http://davenunez.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/...p-maps-for-fsx/

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User is offline   Tea Monster 

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Some tuts on normal and parallax mapping here.

http://www.katsbits.com/htm/tutorials/phot...normal_maps.htm

http://www.katsbits.com/htm/tutorials/crea...from_images.htm
http://www.katsbits.com/htm/tutorials/crea...ges-artwork.htm

http://www.katsbits.com/htm/tutorials/obli...derstanding.htm

Katsbits.com is a general gold mine of gaming 'how to' lore.
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User is offline   Roma Loom 

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Some links are dead, like:
Killd a ton?s great to-do list:
http://cubed.dk/nobody/dnstuff/dn2do/build.php

Roma Loom?s GRP-Viewer (Tool to see the content of the grp-files, must have ):
http://www.freewebs.com/romaloom/grpviewer/grpv_test.zip

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User is offline   Hellbound 

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Any ideas how to export md3 files from 3ds max 2009?
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User is offline   The Commander 

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View PostHellbound, on May 28 2009, 05:55 AM, said:

Any ideas how to export md3 files from 3ds max 2009?


http://www.duke4.org...s/ExportMD3.dle

32bit only.

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User is offline   Hellbound 

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I've got 32bit installed and it tells me that it's not proper for this version.
3ds max 9 and 2009 aren't the same, are they?

This post has been edited by Hellbound: 27 May 2009 - 12:38 PM

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User is offline   Parkar 

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View PostHellbound, on May 27 2009, 10:30 PM, said:

I've got 32bit installed and it tells me that it's not proper for this version.
3ds max 9 and 2009 aren't the same, are they?


nope. (... 7 -> 8 -> 9 -> 2008 -> 2009 -> 2010 ...) I guess they didn't like 3dsmax 10.

The one linked is for 2009 32bit. Doesn't seem to work with max 2009 32bit on vista 64 though.
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User is offline   The Commander 

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View PostParkar, on May 28 2009, 08:52 AM, said:

nope. (... 7 -> 8 -> 9 -> 2008 -> 2009 -> 2010 ...) I guess they didn't like 3dsmax 10.

The one linked is for 2009 32bit. Doesn't seem to work with max 2009 32bit on vista 64 though.


It also doesn't work for Design 2009 either. :)

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User is offline   Hellbound 

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I have it on 2009 32 bit and I'm using XP. And this goddam 3ds shit says that it's not a script for this version. :)

And Commander, what is 'Design' version? :D

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User is offline   The Commander 

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View PostHellbound, on May 28 2009, 10:05 AM, said:

And Commander, what is 'Design' version? :)


It's more of an architect version, in simple terms I guess.

http://nexgenviz.blogspot.com/2008/02/3ds-...esign-2009.html

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User is offline   Hellbound 

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I think I have 'normal' 3ds max 2009 32-bit, why the hell this pops up?

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User is offline   The Commander 

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Bah, the guy who made it on 3DR said it was for 2009 32 bit, I know it works on 2008 though. :)

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If you export to 3DS, you can open it in NMD3C (read above) and from there you can export an MD3. I don't know if the model still works correctly or not.
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User is offline   Hellbound 

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I have enough programs, my workflow now is like:
Blender -> Maya -> Motionbuilder -> Maya -> 3ds MAX... i don't want to use more :)
I'll get a previous version of 3ds.
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