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Thought we can use a list of the most accessible 3D software and resources for our modding and custom content needs. If anyone knows any more resources feel free to share here. I will start with this short list.
Blender 3D- for everyone.
Blender training course http://gryllus.net/Blender/3D.html
Sketchup Make- for everyone
Sculptris- for everyone
If you are a student, teacher or mentor, this is an opportunity to use Maya free of charge for 3 years. Who knows what will happen in that time the way CG software is being "freed" nowadays.
I believe there's more but can't think of them right now.
Texture Resources: I chose the texture sites that have more architecture content as we will be using these types of textures for buildings.
Nobiax on deviantart (textures including normal and specular maps, some 3d models)
AGF81 on deviantart (textures, some normal and specular maps) Thanks Avanya. Decided to add your list in the first post for better exposure.
Autodesk FBX Converter. This can convert various 3D formats to ASCII and Binary FBX. Also convert from either type of FBX file to the other.
Cities Skylines Tools. This is a Sketchup plugin that exports your model straight to the import folder from Sketchup. No more needing to export to another 3D program. It also comes with customizable grid options for both ground and height.
OBJ Exporter for those using Sketchup Make
Cleanup, another good Sketchup tool
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/cleanup%C2%B3 Thanks Darf!
GIMP is a free alternative to Photoshop
Krita is a cool digital paint program also
NVidia Texture Tools for Photo Shop for normal maps, texture compression, mip map generation and cube map formatting.
https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-texture-tools-adobe-photoshop Thanks Darf!
Thought I would also include Unity since it's the engine of this game. I don't know how it would be useful or if it would give any advantage as I never got into it yet. But I imagine it would shed some light into why some things in the game are the way they are.
Unity Tutorials http://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials Thanks OwiHH!
Hope some of you find these useful
A while back, I purchased Sim City 4 on Origin when it was on sale. I had no issues installing NAM, RHW, and even using a custom resolution. I had to reset my PC due to a virus. I reinstalled SC4, but now Origin won't update it past 1.1.610. I tried contacting support and they gave me a long list of things to do that have nothing to do with getting an update (disabling anti-virus, safe-mode, etc, etc.)
Why did they go from giving you the fully patched version of the game to blocking you to 610? Is it something on my end or did EA actually change something? No matter if I download the game to my SSD or HDD, I get the same result.
A separate patch I downloaded with NAM tells me old files can't be found and won't allow me to install a new patch, so no NAM. Anyone here have the same issue? A solution besides buying another copy on GoG?
I'm sure there are tons of people out there using @andreharv and @BloodyPenguin"s MOM. However, I'm wondering if anyone out there has heard whether MTSE is going to be updated to support MOM. I know you would need their permission to update for them but It seems like they have abandoned.... Consider this a request, can someone PLEASE create a new version?!?!
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