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  11 November 2012
Good alternatives to treestorm

Hi,

Are they are any good alternatives to Treestorm out there?

I'm getting a little fed up that they charge a $100 for a recompile and don't actually advance the software.

I bought the pre-sales for When Nature Calls (emecstudios), and that's been 'soon' for a couple of years, and the actual plant module is still not out.

Just looking for a good tree/plant plugin with support for animation/wind.

Thanks,

Steve
 
  11 November 2012
I'm pretty sure both GrowFX and Speedtree support animation
 
  11 November 2012
Hey Steve

Just bought myself a copy of GrowFX. Amazing plugin! It will take a couple of hours until you feel comfortable with it because of so many options.

Cheers!

David

Last edited by davius : 11 November 2012 at 05:19 PM.
 
  11 November 2012
Yeah, GrowFX looks pretty impressive.

Shame that Onyx just rested on their laurels - it's not changed in years.

When Nature Calls looked like it could really be great, but no idea why it has just stalled.

thanks,

Steve
 
  11 November 2012
Hey Steve, clean your PM inbox already! I think I got some sweet info that might interest you regarding GrowFX.

Cheers.

David
 
  11 November 2012
Done.

Cheers

Steve
 
  11 November 2012
GrowFX is a little gem of a plugin. Highly recommended from me as well.
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  11 November 2012
Cool, thanks.

Quick question - do you think GrowFX is able to loop animations using wind?

It's one of the things I've been asked for in the past and never found a manageable way to loop them in Treestorm.

Cheers

Steve
 
  11 November 2012
Can't remember if it does, sorry. And I'm not on my workstation now so that I can check. If it doesn't, you can always fix some looping using a copied object with an offset pointcache, by morphing over to that cached animation.

The manual is available for download, it should say it it's possible. I'm on a mac at the moment, so no .chm for me:
http://exlevel.com/download/
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Last edited by SuperRune : 11 November 2012 at 02:00 PM. Reason: Editing is fun
 
  11 November 2012
Great, thanks Rune.

Cheers

Steve
 
  12 December 2012
Growfx kicks ass, the developer may also incorporate suggestions and communicates promptly to emails.

I've not used the animation aspects though but this is a solid plugin.
 
  12 December 2012
Originally Posted by Steve Green: Cool, thanks.

Quick question - do you think GrowFX is able to loop animations using wind?

It's one of the things I've been asked for in the past and never found a manageable way to loop them in Treestorm.

Cheers

Steve


Point Cache/Xmesh the Tree animation, take a snapshot of the first frame tree then do a morph to make it loop?
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  04 April 2013
Oh Sorry Dave - I totally missed this post...

Anyway... I just really wanted to say I bought GrowFX recently, and it is very, very good.

Even though the site focuses on Trees, it's very flexible so could be used for anything which branches/grows.

Very impressed.

Cheers

Steve
 
  04 April 2013
Wise choice, Steve! You won't regret it! About the animation loop, I really didn't try to do any, maybe Dave's method will work out! I usually do without looping, but the file's size get really big! I tried making Vray animated proxies but it ended up being even bigger than point cache (1.5 GB vs 200 Mb )

Just for fun, here's something I did a while ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozo...be_gdata_player
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