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Postby remus » Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:35 pm

ok, so the basic premise of this thread is to come up with cool, possible new tools for SU.

All you have to do is think of 1 cool new tool youd realy like to see. No improvements on current tools allowed, these have got to be 100% new (to SU.)

So, i would really like to see a tool that is sort of a merger between the scale tool and the smoove tool. This whould allow quick manipulation of organic forms, and would be really useful for creating things like arms and leg

any more suggestions anyone?
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby ken » Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:48 pm

A lasso, circle or square cutting selection tool that only copied what was within the selection, so you could use re-scale the section to show small details up close.

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Re: 1 new feature

Postby JuanV.Soler » Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:59 pm

A tool that will , in a small rectangulo provided by the same tool, eliminate all the points inside and create a one single brilliant point.

That would give an enormous ability to close faces.
Most useful when elevating a complex sum of planes.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby lewiswadsworth » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:16 pm

Built in ray-tracer or scan-line render.

Bah.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby solo » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:20 pm

nurbs!!
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby Anssi » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:20 pm

Current material name displayed in status area, clicking on it opens the materials palette. Choosing the paint bucket tool shouldn't affect material palette visibility.

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Re: 1 new feature

Postby Paul Russam » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:32 pm

Feature 1:
Increased maths (or math if your American ;) )
I use the '/' 'x' functions regularly, for example I can COPY a construction line from one point to another and them type '/3' and I'll get the distance divided by 3 but I cant do it when placing an original construction line for example, I'd like to hover over a edge, pull in a direction and type 1278.5/5 and get 5 lines.

Feature 1.1:
In GDS (going back a bit here) I could draw a set of (construction) lines by typing:
XLINE 0 100 250 r 6 100 300 and get a line where I clicked (0), a line 100mm away, a line 250mm away repeated 6 times, a line 100mm away and a line 300mm away from that.

Feature 2:
Coloured Scene Tabs, I use tabs not only to store camera positions but layer visibility, shadow settings etc.
For example I currently have a file with both the existing building and the proposed remodelling in it, its 3 stories tall and I have 4 primary views I want for each floor so I have 4 scenes that store layer visibility, Ground, Ground+First, Ground+First+Second etc. till I get to the roof, I then have 4 scenes that store only the camera positions.
This way I can go to view 1, Ground floor or view 4 3rd floor with just 2 clicks.
In another model I have the shadows setup at 8am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.

If I could colour my Scene tabs it would make my life a lot easier.

Edit:
Opps, just reread remus's post and picked up the 'Original tool' bit, I think coloured tabs is original but more math(s) is only an enhancement....... I'm going to leave it though because I want it :D
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby Paul Russam » Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:12 pm

solo wrote:nurbs!!


Run for the hills the nurbs are coming!!!
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby boofredlay » Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:14 pm

:roflmao:

It is not a tool but it would be a new feature...

Locking Toolbars!
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby solo » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:04 am

:roflmao: :ecstatic:

All the cool 3d apps are wearing NURBS this season.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby kwistenbiebel » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:44 am

A ' don't-you-dare-crash-on-me ' button.

I would use it a lot.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby lewiswadsworth » Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:03 am

solo wrote::roflmao: :ecstatic:

All the cool 3d apps are wearing NURBS this season.


They've been wearing it since the late Nineties, actually. Some things just don't go out of style.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby boofredlay » Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:49 am

So is this the sequel... Revenge of the Nurbs?

I would also like a couple render buttons:
1. Like Solo
2. Like kwistenbiebel
3. Random
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby remus » Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:24 am

good ideas guys. I especially like your idea for the render buttons boo :thumb:
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby Gjenio » Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:42 pm

Paul Russam wrote:
solo wrote:nurbs!!


Run for the hills the nurbs are coming!!!


What do you mean? Are you in the developing team? Is it a scoop or a joke?
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby solo » Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:45 pm

And this, my little ponies is how rumours begin. :lol:
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby Paul Russam » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:06 pm

When Solo first wrote:
solo wrote:nurbs!!


I read it as if someone was yelling it as a warning against invading aliens in a 50's sifi movie
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I know, I'm odd ;)
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby Stinkie » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:07 pm

Hmm, imagine ... I bought MoI recently, and I've been fantasizing about a cross between SU and MoI a lot.

Kwisten's dont-you-dare-crash-on-me-button sounds like a plan too.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby kwistenbiebel » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:27 pm

I've got another one.
A 'displacement-map-to-geometry tool'.

This could be a great feature when modeling buildings using photomatch .
Sketchup could generate a displacement map from a facade picture and transform it into 3D.
In this way,we could have windows, doors and facade material bump automatically 'hard modeled' into geometry.
A tremendous photorealism boost (definitely for rendering :))....but only possible if Sketchup can handle higher poly models off course.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby remus » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:32 pm

quiet kwis, the phrase 'high poly' and any of its derivatives are forbidden from this thread!!
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby kwistenbiebel » Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:33 pm

OK ;)....sorry about that . :lol:
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby modelhead » Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:10 pm

Something simple...
The ability to nudge an object with the arrow keys when it is selected. In increments that are user defined. :roll:
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby remus » Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:55 pm

How would that work with locking axes for movement? I like the directional focing quite a lot...
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby modelhead » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:01 pm

Not sure what you mean...might be the typo.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby remus » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:06 pm

you know if you use the move tool you can force the direction of movement using the arrow keys, i was basically asking how you would like to work your nudge tool around forcing the direction of movement. Hope thats a bit clearer.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby modelhead » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:36 pm

I see....yes, allowing the user to set direction as well as increments would be necessary.....and great help in many situations.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby lewiswadsworth » Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:57 pm

While we're dreaming, I'd like to have a built-in "Make Espresso" tool, perhaps with Cappuccino (CTRL) and Mocha (SHIFT) options.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby JuanV.Soler » Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:09 pm

I insist in :
A tool that will , in a small rectangulo provided by the same tool, eliminate all the points inside and create a one single brilliant point.
That would give an enormous ability to close faces.
Most useful when elevating a complex sum of planes.


When you are drawing a building you get many times the non coplanar faces. It is absolutely impossible to get the right point to close a face properly.

I want that tool.
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby richcat » Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:21 pm

Hi Modelhead I think your dreaming about Space design from RPS its FREE :ecstatic:
http://wiki.renderplus.com/index.php?title=Space_Design#Space_Design_Toolbar
Move a component (or any selected entities) along an axis basically a nudge tool, set increment movement, choose axis, ETC,ETC but sorry no drink option :cry: . Had to give up caffeine so my heart could slow down. :bounce:

I think there was also another ruby nudge tool as well recently :roll:
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Re: 1 new feature

Postby Wo3Dan » Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:51 pm

Just one button to toggle on/off 3D orbiting.
Once you apply 'Align View' on axes, a face or a section plane you could simply proceed drawing semi 2D in the aligned view without worrying about orbiting. Only panning and orbiting 2D.
I know you could save some scenes but....
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