I have made some updates to the RGB texture loader of ModelConverterX. The first one is a bug fix for textures that are not square and the second one is added support for RLE compression in the RGB textures. With this the most commonly used RGB textures should be read by ModelConverterX. For those not familiar with RGB textures, this is a texture format designed by SGI that is usually used for OpenFlight models. So with this expansion of the RGB texture loader it should be even easier to convert your OpenFlight models to FSX or Prepar3D. The mass texture … Continue reading RGB reader updated
I have just fixed some bug in ModelConverterX, to be more precise in the drawcall minimizer functionality. The bug was that when an object has LODs, the drawcall minimizer did not work correctly. This has been fixed now. This bugfix will be available in the development release from tomorrow.
Yesterday I already wrote about the OpenFlight reader for ModelConverterX. Today I have been testing this new reader with some additional models and I have just added the functionality to the development release. So from tomorrow you can give it a try. Besides the models I exported from ModelConverterX itself, I also tried it with some sample models I found on the internet. As you can see in the picture below these also import now. I called it a basic version because I know there are still some OpenFlight nodes that will not work correctly. The most important of these … Continue reading Basic version OpenFlight reader available
I have a list of feature requests for ModelConverterX, some items on this list have a higher priority than others. But as it goes with priorities they sometimes suddenly change a bit. For example I was planning to finish the Ground Polygon Wizard first, by adding support for seasonal textures. But some activities at work meant that the OpenFlight reader, which was almost at the bottom of the list, suddenly got more priority. So this weekend I started to implement this new reader for ModelConverterX. At the moment I have the basics working, as you can see in the picture … Continue reading OpenFlight reader
Over the last days I have been working on the Amsterdam Heliport for the NL2000 scenery. One of the tasks I did was to update the ground polygons of this scenery. Instead of using GMax for this, I decided to give SketchUp a try. In this blog post I will give an overview of my experiences. Pros If you use the SketchUp feature to load a background image from Google Earth it is easier to position your ground polygons at the right location in the world. When you draw another polygon in SketchUp that is on top of an existing … Continue reading Creating ground polygons for FSX with SketchUp