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Today we have a shot of Open Architect 3D. This particular shot has been
shrunken from a much larger shot which can be viewed here.
In it's purest form, OA3D is just an architecture (a sort of 3D operating
system) for 3D tools. However, as you can see from the screenshot, it's
more than just an architecture, because it can actually DO stuff. :)
What it can do, depends on the plugins that are written for it. I spent
months at the design stage of this tool to ensure that a plugin can do
just about anything it wants to. This includes the regular stuff we use
today's high-end tools for (modelling, rendering, animation, character &
facial animation, layout & level design, physics-based animation, etc.)
but also includes the stuff that we'll want to do in the future; stuff
that hasn't been invented yet.
This particular screen-shot shows off about 10 minutes of playing around
in a level editor plugin I wrote for my clients (who also funded the
development of this tool), nFusion
Interactive. This level editing plugin is fully functional, quite
powerful and took me less than 3 months to write. If you're in need of a
level editor for your company, see the note below.
Plugin development goes so quickly because of OA3D's design. The plugin
API doesn't get in your way or slow you down and it provides enough
functionality to allow the plugins to focus on doing what they need to do
-- getting the job done.
As an architecture, OA3D is reaching maturity. As a usable tool, OA3D is
in its infancy; it needs plugins -- lots of them. In order to satisfy this
need, OA3D will soon become an open project, where anybody can write 3rd
party plugins, browse the source, or become a member of the core
For more information about the design and what this thing can really do
visit the website at: www.OpenArchitect3D.org.
I can be contracted to write plugins (including proprietary plugins) for
companies in need of level design or similar tools. My contract fees are
quite reasonable (less than it would cost you to dedicate one of your
employees to the task.) Interested parties should contact me directly at
Be quick, though, because in these rare times when my schedule has an
opening, it's never open for long.
Thanks for reading,
Paul Nettle (a.k.a. "MidNight")