Joined: 31 May 2006
I'm not familiar with the 3dsMax plugins format but I don't think you can actually get the source code directly from it. Cyan would have to release the source code under some license to give it some legal frame.
I agree that an open-source license would be the best for spreding the tools to other applications. The GPL seems a little too open for something like this, although I'm usually a big fan of it. Something like that with a tribute and noncommercial bit would be great, though. If I'm reading everything correctly, Cyan is a great fan of open-source (Python, open-source section on site...)
Even if the source isn't released, the plugin could help developers by creating specific test ages. They won't have to dig through the (very complex) Prime and PotS ages to find what they want, they merely make an age with just one thing in it.
Realistically, I don't expect Cyan to release the source code. Although it could be used for good (Blender), it could also be used maliciously. I don't know how, but it's bound to happen eventually. One thing this reminds me of: when Blender was sold on eBay for $100.
Well first of all if tools are released they shouldn't be cut down for two reasons: first that would limit our abilities, and second, in software development sometimes 'cutting down' means more work.
I would never be a fan of a cut-down exporter, I'm just saying, if Cyan feels they need to do it, they can. Anything would be appreciated.
Gehn's method is beautifully suited to players using a special age creation tool, since you would essentially be crafting your age from a limited number of premade models.
I agree. This would be a wonderful way to make ages. And, it would fit very well IC. However, sadly, I don't think it will come, at least not from Cyan. Let me dig up a quote...
Uru Live Survey wrote:
Age Creation Tools - the ability to create Ages, albeit with fairly complex tools
ah, there we are.
I think that says it all: albeit with fairly complex tools. There are (probably) not going to be any nice standalone gui PaC age creators. Again, I'm hoping for one, I just don't think it's coming, and don't want to get my hopes up. Kinda like (unfounded optimism).
huh... maybe we should make a (_______ optimism) chart.