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Greetings everyone! Although largely unnoticed, I withdrew from the community upon the passing of my little brother in March of '16. Just prior, I discovered a secret of the software installation that could potentially benefit any style player and even help ensure the game's continued viability. However, that knowledge might have been disclosed or perhaps even documented since then. So, I must ascertain if there is any demand for the following procedure, confirmed working on Windows 7 through the recent release of Windows 10 requiring minimal freeware and no special skills:
How to make SC4D utilize the discrete graphics adapter in your laptop for a significant performance boost.
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.
ShaderMap 4 Now available free for non commercial use.
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
!! Update 05 Aug !! - READ HERE FIRST
It seems that CD versions of SC4 will not run under Windows 10 - The necessary OS support files for validating SafeDisc2 copy protection simply isn't part of Windows 10. This issue is not unique to SC4 either, SafeDisc and associated technologies were widely used by game discs for such validation.
For now, unless MS decide to retroactively support it, your only option appears to be a digital version of the game which will not have such copy protection. If you put your CD-Key into Origin they will provide you with a free digital copy of the game, so it needn’t cost you any money to resolve.
This thread is aimed at users who cannot run SC4 using Windows 10, if your games starts but has other issues, this is not the place to go into that. The only way to try and understand why certain users can not get the game to work, and hopefully, find a solution, is to start gathering some data.
I've removed the superfluous information from this thread, to avoid confusion. But in-short the summary above explains the issue here.
Another background-style update!
Background: An Architecture for Millions of Things
By Cyclone Boom
So the aggressive Windows 10 upgrade tricks continue...
(There's also a BBC report).
Be careful guys. Microsoft has now made it so closing the upgrade popup (using the X) now gives consent to the upgrade. Seriously, what kind of legit program accepts an action when you attempt to close it?! It's just like malware.
Let's not forget this is the entire operating system, not just a standalone app being upgraded. Even for the average home user, it requires at least some basic thought and preparation (i.e. backups). They're trying to make the upgrade too simple, and Win 10 sound essential.
Don't be afraid to proceed -- Windows 10 may well have some benefits. But people have reasons for choosing to postpone it or not upgrade altogether. Whether due to compatibility (such as legacy software like SC4) or just being familiar with their current setup. You keep hearing in the news of users with broken systems after upgrading. Just type in Google "computer broken a", and see what pops up. Such issues can be resolved, although not everyone is prepared or has the time to resolve them.
Tricking people like this is not acceptable. It's causing inconvenience, hassle, and at worst rendering their machine unusable.
For a couple of years now, personally I check each update individually, making sure such junk isn't installed in the first place. There's limited official info about each Windows update, but you can usually find out by waiting a week or so after release, then searching the KB number. However, for users with automatic update settings (the recommended), it's opening the door for this kind of thing to happen.
Has anyone here been affected by this?
It would seem Microsoft has responded to the outcry from users:
This is an improvement, but really it's still far from ideal.
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