Away3D PreFab 1.0: From Scene to Scenic

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Away3D PreFab v1.

I have been doing Flash 3D for more than 3 years now, and since day one, I’ve remarked that the workflow is one of the bottlenecks that Flash devs and designers encounter each day. How do you explain to a designer that his designs will not be respected? As a designer with little or no programming skills, how do you deliver to a Flash dev the stuff he needs?

Away3D PreFab v1.

Prefab
With the first release of preFab, I’ve tried to bring some solutions to these problems.
If you are a Flash designer or an experienced Flash developer working on Flash 3D projects, this application might become your best friend!

Away3D PreFab v1.

Release 1
Today I turn 42, apart from me getting an extra candle, this day was also the deadline I’ve set myself for this first release. So many features still under development haven’t made the 1.0 but as you will notice, there is a little button in the main menu that says: “check update”…

Away3D PreFab v1.

Quick start
I do not want write a long story here, but since I haven’t found the time to add anything yet that looks like a doc or a guide, let me give you just a few hints to get started:

  • To be able to have nice results the uvmapping of your model MUST be unique. Each face of the model uses an area of the map shared by no other faces. You can use UV editor to edit your model as well
  • To get something rendered, your model must fall into at least one of the lights’ falloffs.
    if not, the default scenery ambient value will be used for the model.
  • To make previews faster in Raytrace render mode, there are max width and height settings
  • Rendering speed is directly linked to map size and polygon count
  • Check out the export options.

  • Away3D PreFab v1.

    To do very soon

  • Add doc, help files etc…
  • Metasequoia files support
  • Away3D Lite AS3 exporter
  • Fix some collada’s and 3ds assets loading problems
  • Fix the dragbox
  • In meanwhile, go get it and I hope you’ll enjoy PreFab and find it as usefull as I do!

    Away3D PreFab v1.