About 2 years ago I posted here and then about January this year. Please
forgive me posting again, but it is just so that I might catch some
interested people (if they are anything like me) who may have missed it
before. This is about trying to keep TopModel2 alive, for it is
(potentially) such an excellent program.
I say "(potentially)" because for me there remains one important aspect
that I have not been able to crack, "Textures". I can find no obvious reason
for this and am always willing to blame my own incompetence, especially if
the answer is staring me in the face ! If I could crack this problem, I
would use TopModel a great deal. "Textures" are about replacing the plain
colour (say) of a surface with something more complex using a sprite or
another suitable RISCOS bit map image. I wish to do something about a garden
design, and a lawn looks better with a "grassy" look than the plain green of
a ping pong table.
That earlier posting produced a very useful response from about 3 people.
One sent me a TopModel2 manual ( I had had to return my borrowed one to
Cerilica). Another said, Yes, he would be interested if he could get
TopModel to work ! A third is interested in helping me to crack my problem
when he has the time and if it is crackable, and not some bug.
Since then I did a web search some time ago. I found a site where they
were planning to do something about it. But they were a bit vague. Perhaps,
I must try and look them up.
One of the problems re. "Textures" is that I can find no example using
them. If any of you have such an application, I would be happy to receive it
by email. It might be about 100k. I can then study the application to see
what settings it has.
I have no doubt that one of the things that will keep RISCOS alive is
having flagship applications in all the main areas. Of course, I am biassed,
but I think that 3D modelling is one of them.
I have progressed some little way with TopModel2. I am quite willing to
try to help those who are behind me, or who are having problems that I have
not had, or who might like to dip their toes in.
As I ended my last email, "If any of you, reading this, are interested in
reforming a TopModel group, please email me, and offer any ideas that may be
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