Create iOS games without having to understand Flash or use coding

Stencyl is a new piece of software that is perfect for the budding game designer who has not yet learned coding but has the ideas and wants to start producing their own games.

Stencyl allows the amateur to create games without having to understand Flash or use coding. As a result of this target market it is relatively simple enough to follow the tutorial and get started. That said it is not necessarily easy to master without a basic knowledge or at least aptitude for programming. It is probably most likely to suit hobby enthusiasts or young potential coders and programmers.

Once you have got to grips with the software the potential for what types of games you can devise is only as limited as your imagination, I found that I was able to produce a solid few games that were enjoyable to play, even when repeated. The software has enough to it to execute a good idea. That said it might seem limited or frustrating to those who are familiar with coding and programming already.

As a free piece of software this is a great first step in to game design, and probably as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. For someone young with some technical knowledge and a budding game idea this could be the start of a career or serious hobby in game design.

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Real-time 3D animation & video production – iClone5

3D animation program, iClone, has released its latest version 5.3 with some new updates, from developers Reallusion. iClone allows you to create stunning 3D animations either from scratch or you have the option to work from various templates or pre-made designs.

This latest version includes a variety of new features including Seamless Motion Connection, creating more fluid, vivid and realistic movements with your 3D characters, and Ambient Occulism, a lighting feature in the program that adds a wealth of realism to your designs. The attention to detail with iClone’s features are what make it an ideal program for 3D animation, and is worth giving time to explore the 30 day free trial and seeing if it’s the right choice of software for you.

Trust us, you will need to give the trial a great deal of attention as the full software clocks up a price in the region of $80 for the Standard version and $200 for the Pro version, so make sure you know what you are getting. There are other options for the software; however they do not come with as many features. There is also a great deal of add on tools and content available from Reallusion, if you’re looking to expand the software’s capabilities but these, of course, do not come free. As a result of this, iClone limits its users to animation professionals and bigger companies that would use the software.

iClone 5.3 is an impressive piece of software and it’s worth checking out the free trial at the very least. If you’re working in the field of 3D design and animation then iClone is definitely something of interest.

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3D Animations? No problem!

Have you ever tried to write a text, your name or your company’s name, or something else in 3D and to get it to spin and to whatever you want? I’ve searched the internet over and over to find a 3D text generator, and found many websites that do that, but none of them would really rise at my expectations, until I found Swift 3D.

This application it the most easy to use 3D modeling software I’ve ever seen! I have never worked in a 3D Modeling software, and I started to make 3D texts and shapes and anything I wanted right away! Swift 3D creates the 3D models for Adobe Flash, but you can export the files in many other formats ( gif, jpg, bmp, avi, swf, flv, tga 3DS). In the software gallery you already have many objects and materials to fill your creations, so, if you want to let your imagination fly, try it out and build anything you want! Set the lights, angles, and make your dream room or any scene you want!

 

 

Most of the objects that you will work with in this program are the primitives to be found along the toolbar at the top. These consists in a variety of shapes such as cubes, spheres and pyramids etc. These are the basic building blocks of most 3D objects, and are able to be re-shaped to make the exact shape you are trying to achieve. If you have learned drawing you will know that circles, squares and triangles are the basic blocks of most illustrations. These elements are the main objects in Swift 3D.

 

 

I really have to mention that the tricky part is the animation of the objects. But I’m sure that after you watch some tutorials you can animate whatever you want!

Once you figure out how to work with the animation feature, you can make every object to move as you like, when you like! And of course, if you use the 3D model for flash you can export it and in flash to make it open the door when you click it, etc.

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Create your own stunning logo with Logo Design Studio

Brand identity is one of the cornerstones of good business, which is why a great logo is essential. For those who don’t want to cough up big money for a design firm, Logo Design Studio provides all of the easy-to-use tools that you’ll need to make your own unique logo.

Whatever medium you’re designing for, from letterheads to banners, Logo Design Studio has hundreds of industry-based templates to inspire you. The simply laid out workspace provides you with thousands of graphic objects and artwork, creative textures, slogans and special effects to help you make a striking and unique logo for your brand – be it a business, sports team or even just an event. Within minutes you’ll have a professional-standard logo made to your exact standards and specifications.

For those without the design expertise to create their own logo from scratch, Logo Design Studio is a great, easy-to-use alternative, with bags of creative potential. With thousands of examples and assets to work with, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that catches your eye. With a comprehensive set of editing tools you’ll be able to tweak and alter your logo as much as you want.

One note though, the demo version of this software might contain all of the functionality of the paid offering, but it’s also been packaged with lower quality images to keep the size of the download down. Our advice is to give the demo a try, and if you’re getting results that you’re happy with, upgrade to the full software for a high-quality end result.

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Create 3D building and landscape exteriors and interiors with Envisioneer Express

There are a large number of products which enable 3D architectural modelling; Envisioneer Express is just one of many. It has been available for a number of years, is mature and stable, but often does not attract the highest praise. It is written and supported by the Cadsoft Corporation, specialist in building information modelling (BIM), whose stable hosts a group of larger, more capable products, each with progressively more impressive feature lists and associated costs and so we should not be fooled by the restrictions of Envisioneer Express into thinking it is any way inferior or ineffective. In fact, not having all the functionality is a blessing for those who need to be able to finish a simpler task or who lack familiarity with the entire range of technologies available.

So if you are in the market for a tool to help you design a building with walls, doors, windows, openings, flat floors, stairs, roofs and ceilings and view and navigate these in 3D, or if you have been sent a more complex architectural design and wish to walk through it you may save yourself some time and money as Envisioneer Express will do all these things.

Before you begin it is worth spending some time in the Settings section, as there are dozens of impactful parameters to view and understand. The main facility – the design part is intuitive and quite exciting to use.

This is an entry level product which users may grow out off in time. Coming from a large software enterprise with expertise in the industry sector there is a good deal of ‘self-help’ material to refer to if you get stuck or need assistance, and indeed an upgrade path, if you need. We think it is a great way of sketching out the house we would like to have built; a great communication tool.

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Create web banners for your websites with Banner Maker Pro

I love websites. Information is the key to getting specific points across to people and communicating that message in the right way, can be very important. That’s why I really like Banner Maker Pro. It’s a website banner tool for Windows; and its really easy to use.

Banner Maker Pro is software that allows you to create web-based banner ads, Facebook banners, web buttons, web headers, animated gifs, logos, image ads and other web graphics. Its wizard-like interface makes the process very simple and easy to complete. Simply follow the tabs at the top of the program to go step-by-step in the image making process. When you’ve completed the banner, you can slice it, if needed or just save it as a GIF, JPEG, or PNG and add it to your website.

Creating a banner with Banner Maker Pro is really just that easy.  You don’t need any graphics expertise.  With it, you can create banners for Facebook Timeline and then quickly upload it to Facebook.  The application contains over 20 new animated background and 100 new background images in a variety of sizes.

Banner Maker Pro is good at what it does. It allows you to quickly and easily make banners for your websites and then upload them where they need to be.  The process is easy to complete and the software, equally as easy to use.  The biggest problem with the application is not what it can or can’t do, however. At nearly $40USD, the application is expensive for what it does.  Getting value from the software is going to depend on the number of banners you create and the revenue, if applicable, they generate.

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Develop and deploy professional looking, standards compliant websites with Adobe DreamWeaver CS5

Today, it’s all about the internet.  If you’re product, service, or other offering isn’t available online in some way, you’re going to miss out on a great deal of business. It may also be safe to say that your budding business may never get a chance to flourish without a website to help you hock your wares. This is one of the reasons why I like tools like Adobe DreamWeaver. It’s a multi-platform website development tool.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 is part of Adobe’s award winning Creative Suite.  It’s one of the industry-leading web authoring and editing tools; and it provides both visual and code-level capabilities for creating standards-based websites and designs for the desktop, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Designing for mobile devices and mobile computing is easy with the Multiscreen Preview panel. With its media query support, developers can use DreamWeaver styles and visualization rendering for a wide range of devices in a single panel. This is important as getting the view of your site right for a multitude of mobile devices can vastly effect not only visibility and marketing tactics, but sales as well.  To help improve your mobile interactivity, you can add code hinting with jQuery. It’s an industry-standard JavaScript library, that makes it simple to add a wide range of interactivity to your web site. DreamWeaver comes with a number of different mobile phone templates to help you get a jump start.

DreamWeaver supports Standards and has been updated to support CSS3 and HTML5. Design View now supports media queries and applying different styles as you adjust screen dimensions. DreamWeaver helps you to code for the future with HTML5 via code hinting and Design view rendering support. Its Live View now includes support for QuickTime with its <video> and <svg> tags.  Its updated WebKit rendering engine gives you the ability to check your site on the fly, during development.  You can preview designs for multiple devices with real-time media query,  HTML5 and CSS3 support and capabilities.

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Design your CD/DVD labels with CyberLink LabelPrint

Soft32 has a number of great applications for creating backup copies of the DVD’s you legally own. After you’ve made your copy, you need to label it in some way so that its identifiable. This is one of the reasons why I like Cyberlink LabelPrint. It’s a fun and easy to use optical disc labeling program for Windows.

CyberLink LabelPrint can create stunning CD and DVD labels in four quick steps. All you really need to do is select your template type, disc information, text layout, background image, and print destination. LabelPrint supports layout and printing on a broad range of templates for your CD/DVD labels.

It gets even better when you use Labelflash and LightScribe. Labelflash software and LightScribe software allow you to “etch” image designs and text onto the surface of your Labelflash and LightScribe discs. LabelPrint recognizes if a burner and disc support these technologies, and provides the option to burn to that media.

If you’re a music nut, you can work with MP3 audio files to create numbered track lists quickly by simply selecting the files you have added to your disc. The information is automatically transferred between layout templates, enabling the creation of custom CD/DVD labels, jewel-case covers and inlays all at the same time.

CyberLink LabelPrint also supports a broad range of commercial templates from leading label makers for your disc covers. A built-in library of high-resolution images provides you with choices of 16 popular themes, including Travel, Happy Birthday, and now Soccer. You can also import your own images and then edit them to fit your label and disc cover designs.

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