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Program Announcements / Forester Pro - 3D model tree generator

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Renco
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Posted: 19th Apr 2013 06:14
Nice update, the program seems a little more responsive and the crash i was getting when pressing shift+rightmouse button to move seems to be fixed.
Just a little feedback the backround colour options are way to bright only 2 or 3 are useable
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Posted: 19th Apr 2013 07:51 Edited at: 19th Apr 2013 07:58
That's odd. I was informed by email of a new post by Renco in this thread, but it doesn't appear to be here. His one other post (on the first page) contains different text to that in my email, so it's not an old email...weird.

@GrumpyOne:

On the first page of this thread, you tried to post an image of the Palm pack of trees (here). I compared the link to a working image and found the link is wrong. You wrote http://www.htpware.co.uk/images/ptp1.jpg when it should be http://www.hptware.co.uk/images/ptp1.jpg (the T and P in "hptware" should be swapped around). Go back and fix it 'cuz the palm pack looks cool

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Posted: 19th Apr 2013 19:40
Guys,

Thanks for the feedback, you have all been very helpful (Clonkex, Kezzla and Renco). We'll give you guys a free tree template pack of your choice, just email us at support@hptware.co.uk.

Best,
GrumpyOne

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Posted: 20th Apr 2013 08:18
Quote: "We'll give you guys a free tree template pack of your choice"


And a template pack is.....a tree pack? Cool!

I just bought Forester Pro

Clonkex

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Posted: 20th Apr 2013 15:17
A template pack contains definitions for new types of trees including graphics. Each template can make a wide range of randomized models of the same tree species. You can also make some changes to the properties of the tree in the template to generate saplings or old, twisted versions of the tree.

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Posted: 20th Apr 2013 17:01
Excellent! I'll send an email with the requested pack right away

Don't worry, I'll keep giving you feedback but I don't expect any more free stuff TBH I didn't expect any in the first place.

Thank you very much for this

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Posted: 23rd Apr 2013 02:55
Version 1.16 is now ready for download and features:

(1) Bug fix for crashes on deselecting leaves with leaf shaders off.
(2) View mode retained (wireframe, solid, textured) during LOD creation.
(3) Program icon fix.
(4) Edit and pop-up menu text made consistent
(5) Title in info panel now changes during change back to high res tree.
(6) Help file defaults to contents page.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate116.zip

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Posted: 23rd Apr 2013 04:52
Excellent! Now I can watch the wireframe change from high to low poly and get an idea of how closely matched the meshes are

Another bug: If you're in wireframe and you select "Swap Leaves", you end up with textured leaves on a wireframe tree.

*opens branch properties for the first time*

AHH! WOW!! So many SETTINGS!! I love this software!! And even a little diagram!

Clonkex

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Posted: 24th Apr 2013 13:46
Quote: "Guys,

Thanks for the feedback, you have all been very helpful (Clonkex, Kezzla and Renco). We'll give you guys a free tree template pack of your choice, just email us at support@hptware.co.uk.

Best,
GrumpyOne"


Thanks heaps Grumpyone I have sent you an email.
This is a very nice surprise, I am happy just to have the features you have already added into your software.

Thanks again.

kezzla

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Posted: 15th May 2013 16:30
We've just released our latest tree template pack containing new types of tree. Each can produce a huge range of randomized models. This brings the number of tree types that Forester can make out of the box to 66. You can also create your own custom tree types.

The models included in Cartoon Tree Pack 1 are shown below and are designed for stylized and abstract games.



A scene made with the Cartoon Tree Pack is shown below:



Each tree pack is $10 and requires the registered version of Forester Pro.

Forester Pro can be downloaded from our website and an indie license is $40. A free version of Forester Pro is also available and includes seven different tree types.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

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Posted: 16th May 2013 22:18
Grumpyone,

I like your product, but there seems to be a problem with exporting DBO files. In the attached screenshot, I have an X file on the left and a DBO file on the right of the same tree. The DBO file has not placed the leaves correctly and should look like the X file. This was made using the new cartoon tree pack.

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Posted: 17th May 2013 23:53
Joseph,

It shouldn't do that. We'll have a look at the DBO export, there is obviously a problem. However, X files seem to work properly.

The tree looks great, you've obviously been playing with the custom features.

Best,
Matt

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Matt,

Thanks. Yes it a great application to design the specific tree you want and fun to play with. The X file works fine in DBpro and I can convert to DBO in DBPro. I did notice that the X file would not load into Fragmotion as it caused Fragmotion to crash. I have no idea why that happens.
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Posted: 4th Jun 2013 20:25
Version 1.17 of Forester Pro Released

We've just released version 1.17 of Forester Pro featuring improvements to automatic display mode setting. Forester Pro will now start in the current used display mode fixing problems with some graphics cards.



If you've already installed Forester Pro an updater is available here:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate117.zip

Forester can also be downloaded from our website and features a free version allowing random versions of 7 different tree types to be created. Over 60 different tree types are available for the registered version of Forester Pro.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

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Posted: 15th Jun 2013 15:03
Forester Pro version 1.18 Released

We've just released version 1.18 of Forester Pro. The new version allows the axes in Forester Pro to be hidden, which together with user defined background colour, allows 2D sprites of models to be created using screenshots. 2D sprites could, for example, be needed for GUI elements and, of course, for 2D sprite games. This change was suggested by users.



If you've already downloaded Forester Pro an update is available here:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate118.zip

Forester Pro can be downloaded from our website and includes a free version that can make randomized versions of 7 different types of tree. The registered version of Forester Pro is $40 and can be used to make your own customized types of trees and shrubs and allows access up to 60 types of tree and shrub available in our tree template packs.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

If you have any suggestions for features you'd like to see in Forester Pro, please let us know.

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Posted: 23rd Jun 2013 01:30 Edited at: 23rd Jun 2013 01:31
Forester Pro can now make grass and small plants

We've had many requests for Forester Pro to generate grass and small plants in addition to trees and bushes. Our latest version of Forester Pro, version 1.19, allows you to create models consisting entirely of leaf meshes with no branch structure allowing Forester to make realistic low poly grass, flowers, and even crops, models. We've also provided a free grasses template pack to get you started, which also works with the free version of Forester. An example scene showing grasses and flowers from the free grass pack is shown below:





The update also features:

(1) A fix for installation of the free version experienced by some users.
(2) ESC key no longer exits the program.
(3) Tree library operation improved.
(4) Context menu now accessed only with middle mouse button (avoiding issues with right mouse drag)
(5) Improvement to alpha transparency from image mask in the image editor.


If you already have Forester Pro an updater to version 1.19 can be found here:
http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate119.zip

Otherwise you can download Forester Pro from:
http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/forester.zip

The free grass template pack can be found here and requires version 1.19:
http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester_downloads.htm

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Posted: 24th Jun 2013 23:52
If you downloaded version 1.19 in the last day and have had problems with the selection of templates in the tree library please download the updater again. We've provided a new version to try to fix for a winAPI problem that affected some systems. The update can be installed over previous installations and does not need template packs to be reinstalled.

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Posted: 30th Jun 2013 20:21
Meadow and Wild Flower Packs for Forester Pro

We've just released two new template packs which can be used to generate a wide range of grass and flower models. The packs include the Meadow Grass Pack which features seven templates with two alternative textures (green meadow and dry grass), and the Wild Flower Pack includes Bluebells, Poppies, Foxgloves and Whitebells. Two scenes generated with these packs are shown below.



Bluebells and green meadow grass (together with ForesterLite Birch)



Dry meadow grass (together with Africa Tree Pack Acacia and Knob Thorn trees)


Tree packs are $10 and require the registered version of Forester Pro. You can find more about tree packs here:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/tree_packs.htm


We also want to encourage more of you to be our customers, we've had so many people say "when I've got a bit of cash I'll buy this", so we've halved the price of Forester Pro for the Indie Solo License, now at $20. To make it up to our existing customers who paid the old price (who are probably feeling a bit unlucky), if you buy one of the packs, we'll throw another in free, just send us an email when you buy.

You can download Forester Pro here:
http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

There is a free version of Forester that lets you created 7 different types of tree for development purposes.

Best,
HPTWare

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Posted: 9th Jul 2013 17:41 Edited at: 9th Jul 2013 17:44
Forester Pro version 1.20 released

We've just released version 1.20 which features improvements to export functions for Blender, 3DMax and Dark Basic. In the new release:

(1) Bug fix for issues for grassmode being set on load of some non-grassmode models.
(2) New export functions to address export issues for Blender 2.66-2.67 and 3DMax (Blender changed it's Collada importer).
(3) Leaf size improved on export. Exported models should now be exactly the same as those in Forester.

If you've already installed Forester Pro you can get an updater here:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate120.zip

You can also download a free version of Forester from our website featuring 7 free tree types.
http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

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Posted: 21st Jul 2013 16:17 Edited at: 21st Jul 2013 16:17
Forester Pro version 1.21 released

We've just released Temperate Plant Pack 1 which features templates for: stinging nettles, broad-leaf docks, milk thistles, harts tongue fern and prickly lettuce. A scene created with the plant pack is shown below.




Template packs are $10 each. The registered version of Forester Pro is $20.

We've also just released version 1.21 of Forester Pro which features improvements to normal generation of plant and tree models with double-sided planes. Updates are free and can be applied to the registered and free versions of Forester Pro.

If you've already installed Forester Pro you can get an updater here:
http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate121.zip

You can also download a free version of Forester from our website featuring 7 free tree types.
http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

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Posted: 3rd Aug 2013 10:40 Edited at: 3rd Aug 2013 10:41
We've just released version 1.22 of Forester Pro with some additional features requested by some of the larger production teams using Forester, but they should also be useful for solo indie users. Version 1.22 adds the ability to export and import Forester templates meaning you could sync the templates between copies of Forester if you happen to be using it on several systems, or sync with other members of the design team. It also allows you to make back-ups of your templates providing a means of version control.




A scene made with trees and plants from the Jungle Tree Pack.


The registered version of Forester Pro is $20, and additional tree/plant template packs are $10 each. Over 70 different plant and tree species are currently available. A free version of Forester Pro is also available for download from our website.

If you've already installed Forester Pro you can update here:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate122.zip

Otherwise you can download Forester from:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

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Posted: 3rd Aug 2013 12:11
Wow, so many changes since I was here last! I don't know how it happened, but my forum mailback address was erased and none of these posts were sent to my email. Very annoying.

I'll definitely have to download the update tonight

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Posted: 1st Sep 2013 04:24 Edited at: 1st Sep 2013 15:09
We've just released Australia Pack 1, a pack of templates of different tree and plant species that can be used in Forester Pro to generate you own randomized models. Species included in the pack are: wide-leaf bottle tree (a relative of the baobab), ghost gum, salmon gum, forest red gum, thorny bush, spinifex grass and desert grass. A scene created with these models is shown below (although we are sure you can create much better scenes your self):



Here are the templates. Each one can be used to generate a wide range of randomized tree models.



Forester Pro can be downloaded from our website and includes a free version with 7 free templates. The full version with 14 templates costs $20.00. Tree packs with 5-7 templates cost $10.00 each. You can also use Forester Pro to create your own custom trees and plants.


http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.htm

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Posted: 2nd Sep 2013 10:37 Edited at: 2nd Sep 2013 10:48
Awesome! I'm currently working on a secret project that I have to complete before I can start on the game I want to create that will use pretty much every single type of tree (and grass - very excited about this feature ) available in Forester, so I'm loving all these cool new packs

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Posted: 3rd Sep 2013 03:03
Clonkex,

I like the sound of "secret project". Here is a somewhat better scene made with the Australia Tree Pack.



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Posted: 3rd Sep 2013 03:42
Yes, that's MUCH better. I live in Australia and I hadn't noticed that the pack was called Australia Pack 1. If I had I would have told you the first scene looks nothing like any part of Australia

The forest red gum needs to have browner leaves (at the very least, they're far too green). If you like I can walk out the back of our property and take some reference photos for you. That way you can get accurate-looking Aussie bush. It's just coming out of Winter down here, but lucky for you the gum trees are evergreen. Or everbrown, more like

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Posted: 3rd Sep 2013 12:51 Edited at: 3rd Sep 2013 13:36
It is a bit bazaar that this pack came out seeing as I wanted to suggest such a thing. I came here and lo and behold here is an Aussie pack.
Maybe in the future we could have an Australian bush pack(as apposed to Australian outback like this pack)
more like Typical bush, with spotted gums, stringybark trees, bottlebrush, black wattle, teetree, bracken etc.

When I find time I can take reference photos for you too.

Edit: I think something screwed up with my registration email.

It says my registration code is simply "1" which doesn't work.
can you resend it with the full key.
thankyou.

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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 03:11
Hi Kezzla,

Sorry glitch in the serials code, all sorted now.

We do have some more reference images for Australia but mainly collected around Kalgoorlie so there were loads of salmon gums. There is such a huge variation in Australian flora. We do plan more Aussie packs.

Best,
Matt

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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 15:40
cheers mate, all sorted.

I mention those specific species because while there are a lot of Australian plants, those few trees will best represent a genuinely Australian bush feel.
What you have is great. I am just sharing thoughts as an Australian who has lived in bush regions and would love to see a pack represent the bush.

Any other Aussies please feel free to chime in here.

Great work as always GrumpyOne.


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Quote: "I am just sharing thoughts as an Australian who has lived in bush regions and would love to see a pack represent the bush."


I live in the bush right now and agree it'd be awesome to see a decent Aussie bush pack

Quote: "Great work as always GrumpyOne."


Absolutely!

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Posted: 22nd Sep 2013 19:57
Jungle Tree Pack 2 Released for Forester Pro

We've just released another template pack featuring new jungle species for tropical scenes. The pack contains the templates shown below, each can generate a wide range of randomized models and can be customized to give even more variety.



A scene created with models created using the templates in this pack is shown below:




There are now 98 templates for trees, shrubs and groundcover available for Forester Pro. Each pack is $10 and contains 5-7 templates. Each template can produce a massive variety of models that can be customized to suit your application.

Forester Pro and our template packs can be found on our website.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

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Posted: 24th Sep 2013 15:13 Edited at: 24th Sep 2013 15:14
Drat!! Accidental double-post!

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Posted: 24th Sep 2013 15:14
Wow nice forest!!

Just out of curiosity, is this project paying off for you? If you don't want to answer that, no pressure.

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Clonkex,

We are making an encouraging number of sales, but it will be a while before I buy my Ferrari We decided to set the price very low to make it more accessible for the whole community rather than just those capable of investing heavily in their projects. It is definitely been worth doing...and certainly worth continuing to develop Forester and create more packs. We will soon be launching another quite different modelling product which will complement Forester.

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Posted: 27th Sep 2013 16:30 Edited at: 27th Sep 2013 16:33
Quote: "We are making an encouraging number of sales"


Good! You've put a lot of effort into the customer support for this and you deserve to be paid for it

Quote: "We decided to set the price very low to make it more accessible for the whole community rather than just those capable of investing heavily in their projects."


I'm pretty sure it was $40 when I bought it (hmm....I can't remember if it was or not, now...I might be having myself on), but I'm glad you've lowered the price; I was barely able to afford it at $40 and there's not enough cheap tools for indie developers out there. It's good for the community of tool-makers to encourage lower prices where possible

So many tools claim to be priced for indies at >$100, but when I think of indie developers I think of someone in their bedroom (like me) and they often have a budget of <$50.

Excellent work! I'm looking forward to seeing what new product you have come up with now

EDIT: Also, get rid of the stupid "null" text just to the left of the image on the first post. It annoys me

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We've just released Template Tree Pack 3 featuring the templates shown below. Each template can be used to generate a wide range of models.




A scene created using models generated from the tree pack is shown below:




Forester Pro can be downloaded form our website. A free version of Forester Pro is available, the registered version is $20, tree template packs are $10.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

See more of our 108 templates in our catalogue:


http://www.hptware.co.uk/catalog.php

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Snow Tree Pack 1 Released for Forester Pro

Forester Pro is a tree and plant creator which generates randomized tree models from templates. Forester produces X models that can be imported directly into Dark Basic. Custom models, which can be posed or deformed with a wide range of functions (e.g. wind shear), can also be posed to generate the right tree and plant assets for your project.

We've just released Snow Tree Pack 1, a pack of 6 templates that can generate a wide range of different models. The templates are shown below:



A scene created with Snow Tree Pack 1 is shown below and includes rocks made with our forthcoming product Medusa.



Forester Pro can be downloaded from our website and includes a free version. Tree template packs are $10. The registered version of Forester Pro is $20.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

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Really impressed with all of your work. Just a little note, there is a blue circle on the bottom right hand corner of the snow example image.
The valley looks realist as well as the trees.

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Forester Pro is a tree creator for Dark Basic which can generate a huge range of trees including deciduous, palm and conifer species as well as small plants like ferns and brambles. Models created with Forester Pro import easily and include LODs.

Forester Pro models are created randomly from tree templates which define the structure of plant and its textures. Models can be generated randomly with a click of one button, however, you can also customize templates easily to generate a wide range of models to suit your needs. We thought we'd show how easy it is to customize models.



The model shown above is from the Snowy Norway Spruce template and is a typical mature conifer with a thick conical crown. We can generate numerous randomized versions of this tree in Forester Pro simply by pressing the space button, however, we can generate even more variety with small changes to the template.




The model above is generated from the same template but shows an older more majestic tree. We've simply increased the base width of the trunk and height in the branch properties menu, added 25 instead of 20 child branches, and dropped the length of child branches from 40% of the trunk length to 30%. This is a fine model for relatively spaced trees, however, in thick conifer forests trees tend to have high crowns with few branches lower down. We can do this as shown below.




In this model we've simply increased the spawn distance of child branches from 0.2 to 0.6 the trunk height and changed the length power of branches (which controls how their length changes along the trunk) to 2.0 from 0.5. This is a good model for thick forest, however, we might like to have foliage all along the trunk but stunted at lower levels.




In the next model we've put the spawn distance back to 0.2 but put the length power to 2.5. The lower branches are now stunted compared to the upper ones. This produces a nice looking tree, however, we might want to thin out the branches and foliage lower on the trunk. We can do this in Forester Pro using its realtime editing functions.





The model above shows the same model as before, however, we've selected and deleted many of the leaf meshes on the lower part of the tree, we've also increased the length of the lower branches using length scale (select the branch and then use CTRL+mouse wheel). In thick forests, however, lower branches are sometimes broken stubs. We can do this by cutting branches in Forester Pro. We select the branch, enter edit vertex mode, then double click a vertex to select an entire slice of vertexes around the branch and then choose cut branch in the content menu to produce the model below.



Anyway we hope you can see that by customizing templates and using the editing function you can create a massive range of tree models from a single template. It took less than 20 minutes to generate all these models, meaning you can save yourself hundreds of hours and still produce unique assests, and there are now over 100 tree templates to use as a starting point available for Forester Pro. A scene created using these models is shown below....all it needs is a few White Walkers and we'd be north of the Wall.



Forester Pro can be downloaded from our website. A free version is available. The registered version is only $20.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

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As always, excellent work, GrumpyOne

Medusa sounds very interesting indeed

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Posted: 24th Dec 2013 17:45 Edited at: 24th Dec 2013 17:46
We've just made a free Christmas Tree pack available as a little present to make Christmas a bit more fun for all of you. After all this period can be frustrating, the kids behave like savages on acid, we have to endure grandma's apparently inorganic gravy, and our partners start to get very upset when we are tempted to disappear to do a bit of coding for a few hours. We hope this helps.

The free tree pack includes two templates which can be used to generate a wide range of randomized models. Each Christmas tree is included with decoration (although you can remove them in the leaf properties menu), they also are a nice demonstration of what you can do with Forester Pro.



You can download the tree pack here:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/install_CT1.zip


You'll need the registered version of Forester Pro to install the packs. Forester Pro is $20 and comes with 14 different tree and plant models, and allows you to create your own models using your own textures. The pack will be available until New Years Day.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

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Posted: 17th Feb 2014 20:44
Very Realistic works, the shades look amazing

Hello!
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Posted: 28th Feb 2014 23:57
Just a quick note that we've been busy recently launching Medusa Pro, a 3D rock creator, but are still working on the next version of Forester Pro which will feature some improved mesh optimisation.

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Posted: 2nd Mar 2014 11:48 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2014 11:49
Quote: "but are still working on the next version of Forester Pro which will feature some improved mesh optimisation."


Good work!

Quote: "Just a quick note that we've been busy recently launching Medusa Pro, a 3D rock creator"


This has piqued my curiosity now. Gonna have a look

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Posted: 5th Apr 2014 14:30 Edited at: 5th Apr 2014 14:33
Forester Pro - Version 1.24 Released

We\'ve just released version 1.24 of Forester Pro which has some major new optimization features. You can already optimize models in the registered version of Forester Pro by changing the number of segments used to generate branch meshes in the branch properties menu. Forester now allows models to be optimized further on export to reduce polycount on a per model basis. The new feature allows you to minimize the detail on branches that are smaller than a certain radius or above a certain height up the model. This is particularly useful for first person game views where branches higher up the tree are sufficiently far from the player that they do not to need to be modelled in detail. This update was inspired by user suggestions.

An example of an optimized mesh is shown below and is the Salmon Gum, part of our Australia Tree Pack 1. The lower images show the original unoptimized version on the left, and an optimized version on the right. This optimization reduces the polys on all branches above the shown threshold height to a minimum. In this model the number of faces was reduced by 1/3. This will make models perform better in DBPro and FPSC Reload.



Forester Pro comes with 13 different tree templates, and over 100 tree and plant templates are available in our Tree and Plant Packs. Foresters customization features also allow you to generate your own templates based on your own customized textures and plant structures.

The registered version of Forester is $20. A free version featuring 7 tree types is also available. The new optimized version is available in the free version.

Forester Pro can be downloaded from here:

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

If you have already installed Forester you can update it with the updater (which won\'t affect any of your settings or custom templates).

http://www.hptware.co.uk/downloads/foresterupdate124.zip

You might also want to check out our other product, Medusa Pro, the rock model generator.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/medusa.php

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Posted: 6th Apr 2014 01:59
Sounds great! I love the fact that you're still taking users' feedback and directly working it into the program!

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Posted: 13th Apr 2014 02:09
Version 1.25 Released

There are currently over a hundred different templates available for Forester Pro in our template packs. Each template describes a different type of tree and can be used to generate a wide range of randomized or posed models. In earlier releases of Forester Pro we introduced an image editor to help you produce optimal transparent leaf textures. In this latest release we decided to remaster the textures released in our earliest packs, and those that come with Forester Pro, using our image editor tool, to make sure all our products have the same high quality.

We've remastered all the images from the 13 templates that come with Forester plus all textures from the following early tree packs:



To update the textures that come with Forester Pro reinstall (you'll need to completely uninstall and delete first) the application downloaded below. Alternatively, if you already have custom models you want to keep we suggest installing Forester again to a separate directory and then copy the images in the folders textures/leaves and textures/leaves/thumbs.

If you've already purchased any of the packs above then you can simply download and reinstall them and the new versions will be added to the template and materials library within Forester.

A free version of Forester Pro is available, and the registered version is only 20 USD. Tree template packs are 10 USD each and have 5-7 different templates which can be used to generate a huge range of trees.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

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Posted: 13th Apr 2014 02:11
Clonkex,

We actually use our own product to make tree and plant models for our game projects....so we find it irresistible to include good ideas when they are suggested to us. We have a very long outstanding list

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Posted: 21st Apr 2014 23:51
Forester Pro and Flowers

We are right now working on a new release of Forester Pro which will have major new features to enable random generation of flowering plants. Up until now Forester can make trees, shrubs and grasses, but could only generate flower models as clusters of billboards. The problem with flowering plants is they have a higher degree of order than trees, flowers have certain orientations and locations, leaves often have certain spawning symmetries relative to each other. These new features also enable modeling of plants like mushrooms, some prehistoric plants and more possibilities with alien plants. This has involved an extensive rewrite. An example is shown below:




We think with all the new features we've add to Forester Pro in the last 25 releases it's value has increased significantly so from the next release the price will increase to $30. We think this is still very reasonable considering it can make virtually any plant. For our existing customers....we'll you guys are lucky...upgrades are free. If you've been thinking about buying Forester Pro...then do it before the next release next weekend.

http://www.hptware.co.uk/forester.php

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