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Old 08 August 2009   #1
Game Dev App, 3D "RAD" for PC is now Freeware

For Commercial and Non Commercial Use.
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http://3drad.com/
 
Old 08 August 2009   #2
I posted that to the indie game dev thread the other day, but good to see its made it to news It's a good little program, despite the rough looking exterior. The developer is also a decent guy, looking to try a different business model to keep development going.
 
Old 08 August 2009   #3
Oh wow this is old program. I remember playing with this back in 2002. It was pretty powerful for such a small package, and should be of good use to indie developers and people just starting out with game programming.
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Old 08 August 2009   #4
It's also good if you have a model you want to display in a realtime environment. The basic physics and camera models are solid, and work without almost any setup.
 
Old 08 August 2009   #5
Originally Posted by Hauzer: Oh wow this is old program. I remember playing with this back in 2002. It was pretty powerful for such a small package, and should be of good use to indie developers and people just starting out with game programming.


It is, however, an entirely new program based on the 3Impact engine. Development started around 2004-5, IIRC. It shares a similar RAD approach to visually placing game elements, but is much more modern with respect to shaders, physics, AI, input, pretty much everything really.

Would try it out, but it looks like either Unity or Shiva will be the one I end up going with.
 
Old 08 August 2009   #6
Would try it out, but it looks like either Unity or Shiva will be the one I end up going with.


I'm currently having a play with it while waiting for the Shiva 1.8 beta.
 
Old 08 August 2009   #7
They really need to update the look of the website, it's been exactly the same since I first looked at it perhaps more than 5 years ago, could help to attract new users (does anyone care about the origional 3Impact engine anymore?)

Also when first reading about the monthly updates I was surprised, I really thought this was abandoned before then. At least they now have it free, gives indie users more choice, but still it would help if the creator made a long reel of many different types of gameplay with it featuring games in completed states (and as I mentioned before update the website)
 
Old 08 August 2009   #8
Originally Posted by XDragon: They really need to update the look of the website, it's been exactly the same since I first looked at it perhaps more than 5 years ago, could help to attract new users (does anyone care about the origional 3Impact engine anymore?)

Also when first reading about the monthly updates I was surprised, I really thought this was abandoned before then. At least they now have it free, gives indie users more choice, but still it would help if the creator made a long reel of many different types of gameplay with it featuring games in completed states (and as I mentioned before update the website)


Good question, I wonder if there are still many active 3Impact users...

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Old 08 August 2009   #9
They really need to update the look of the website, it's been exactly the same since I first looked at it perhaps more than 5 years ago, could help to attract new users (does anyone care about the origional 3Impact engine anymore?)


Are you talking about 3drad.com or...?

...but still it would help if the creator made a long reel of many different types of gameplay with it featuring games in completed states (and as I mentioned before update the website)


Try the samples that come with it (also, see Youtube for a few user videos, which are pretty interesting).
 
Old 08 August 2009   #10
I know this thread is kinda old, but I had intended to come back with pictures of the OLD 3DRad just to demonstrate how far it's come since I played with the free version back in 2002.

I found 3DRad 3.0 Free on an ancient CDR of mine and it still works! (just requires an old DX file)

Here are some screenshots, just for fun. These screenshots are in no way indicative of the current engine, and in fact, 3D Rad appears to behave totally different today.








16 bit at 640x480 - amazing! This used to run really bad on my old computer at the time because it had an ATI-Trio, which came about before the Rage series.
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Old 08 August 2009   #11
Heh, nice pics It sure has come a long way.
 
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