Useful Freewares List

Discussion of tools and resources for game developers

Post » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:11 am

Ok so it's time for a small freeware list, hope u find it useful.

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] = Awesome
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] = Good
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] = Not tested

[u:yeleicyf](this is only my personal notes)[/u:yeleicyf]

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][3D][/color:yeleicyf]

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Blender (Modeling, animation, video sequence editor, UV mapping and much more)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Sweet home 3D (free interior design application)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] MakeHuman (Create human 3D models)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Sculptris (Modeling, Texturing)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] kHED 3D (Ultra easy 3D modeler specially designed for low poly game models)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Misfit Model 3D (Small 3d program for modeling, animate in an easy way)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Terragen (Landscape generator)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Tree[d] (Tree creator)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Gile[s] (Lightmapping)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] iClone (3D animation studio)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Wings 3D (Modeling, texturing)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] MojoTess (Landscape creator) (30 days full featured tryout!)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Google SketchUp (Modeling)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Bryce 7 (Landscape creator)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Character FX (Character animation tool)

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][Graphics][/color:yeleicyf]

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Graphics Gale (fantastic for 2d artists)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Project Dogwaffle (Paint & Animation prog)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Gimp (Photoshop-like freeware)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] G'mic (Powerful Gimp addon)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Paint.net (Good image editor & effects - lots of plugins on their forums)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] CrazyBump (Generate high quality normal & others) (30days full featured tryout!)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Xnormal (generate normal & others)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Photofiltre (Image editor & effects, perfect for small tasks)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] PhotoB&C (Keep only some specific colors in your picture, turn the rest in grey)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Reflet (Fake water movement on your pics)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] LightArtist (Add Lights to your pics)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Grafx2 (Painter, Specialized in 256-color drawing)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] FotoSketcher (Easy artistic effects on your pics)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] AnmanieSMP (Image deformation) (french link, can't find better)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Pixia (Image editor & effects)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Pencil (Animation-oriented graphic prog)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Phoxo (New lightweight image editor, really worth a try)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Inkscape (Vector-oriented graphic prog)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] My Paint (Nice Painter, but feel incomplete)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Gloodle (drawing using 3D shapes to create 2D images) (downloads -> free aps)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Charas Ex (2D Sprite assembler)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Synfig (Animation-oriented graphic prog)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Alchemy (Weird drawing prog)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Art Rage 2 (Image editor)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Art Weaver (Painter)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Instant Mask (Instant mask images)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] NodeBox 2 (generative art using procedural graphics)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] NodeBox OpenGL (generate 2D animations with Python)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Particle Illusion (Amazing particles effects) (30days full featured tryout!)

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][Image Processing][/color:yeleicyf]

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Riot (Compress, resize,converter)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] ImageMagick (Very powerful image tool, but only works by COMMAND PROMPT)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Caesium (Batch image compression,converter)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] AnyPic Image Resizer (Batch image Resize, Rename, Convert)

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][Music & sounds][/color:yeleicyf]

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] TuxGuitar (Guitar-pro-like freeware)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Audacity (Soundforge-like freeware)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] LMMS (FLstudio clone - support VSTI's !)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] PxTone (8bits music creator)

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][Video][/color:yeleicyf]

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] RAD video tools (Set of utilities for processing video, animation, and sound data)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Virtual dub (Video capture/processing)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Windows movie maker (Very simple video editor)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] CamStudio (Video recording tool)

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][Media (viewer / player)][/color:yeleicyf]

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] The KMPlayer (Video player)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] AIMP2 (Music player)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] XnView (Picture viewer + shell extension (right click and convert any image)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] VLC (Video and Music player)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] InfranView (Picture viewer)

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][Misc tools][/color:yeleicyf]

[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Q-dir (4 pannels windows explorer)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Dropbox (Stock your files on the net, and share them)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] NotePad ++ (notepad replacement)
[color=#FF0000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Tiny Task (recording and playback of mouse movements and keyboard entries)
[color=#00FF00:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Free Launch Bar (Fast launch bar for your progs)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] UPX (.exe compressor)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] Filezilla (Free FTP server)
[color=#000000:yeleicyf][/color:yeleicyf] AutoIt (Creatre scripts to automate tasks)

[color=#000000:yeleicyf][Freeware Sites][/color:yeleicyf]

Portable Apps
Softpedia
LiberKey
Freeware Guide
Freeware Files



More to come
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Post » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:54 am

You could also add :

[Graphics]
Mypaint [url:2px72l78]http://mypaint.intilinux.com/[/url:2px72l78]
ArtRage Starter [url:2px72l78]http://www.artrage.com/artrage-demos.html[/url:2px72l78]
ArtWeaver [url:2px72l78]http://www.artweaver.de/[/url:2px72l78]
Dogwaffle [url:2px72l78]http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/free/[/url:2px72l78] (Uses Particle brushes)
Pixia [url:2px72l78]http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/[/url:2px72l78]


[3d]
Wings3D [url:2px72l78]http://www.wings3d.com/[/url:2px72l78]
MakeHuman [url:2px72l78]http://www.makehuman.org/[/url:2px72l78]

And i probably forget some...
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Post » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:11 pm

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Post » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:24 pm

Paint.Net
DropBox


Too lazy to linkify.
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Post » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:30 pm

Evil mipey _
By the way Dogwaffle looks really badass
Also irbis, what the hell is charas.EX ? i maybe too dumb to understand..

It will be nice to find some stuff for music & sounds now
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Post » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:28 pm

charas.EX is for anybody who needs character sprites but for some reason dont have/cant have them.
its like a custome character creation where you can create the characters of your needs from pre-made parts.
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Post » Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:39 am

FileZilla (Great FTP client. Has a server client as well though I havent tried it)
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Post » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:41 pm

[quote="irbis":qpg1iv4p]charas.EX is for anybody who needs character sprites but for some reason dont have/cant have them.
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That's not gonna help much :lol:
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Post » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:40 pm

[quote="Jamesx":fau3tna6][quote="irbis":fau3tna6]charas.EX is for anybody who needs character sprites but for some reason dont have/cant have them.
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That's not gonna help much :lol:[/quote:fau3tna6]
i dont know what else can i add O.o
Anybody needs character graphics/sprites at some point or another.
This software provides youwith them. You can change skin, eyes, hairs, body, head, clots, weapons, accesories ect. You can make various diffrent characters with Charas.EX. Monster characters, human characters, beasts characters ect

the lone downside is perhaps that the resolution is rather small, characters have only 4 direction related views (up,down,left,right), theres no custome animation except walking and the walking itself has just 3 animation frames. Oh and perhaps that the graphics are very jRPG style (Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Xenogear, Star Ocean ect) which not everybody likes.

Still, for a guy like me, with no drawing talents - its better then nothing.
Its by far the simplest and most user-friendly method of obtaining character graphics for your game which arent riped off from another game.
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Post » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:17 pm

Ooh nvm i tought u meant the prog was not working atm !
I tried it and indeed its quite sympathic
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