Forester Version 1.26 Released - Flowers and Small Plants
We've just released version 1.26 of Forester which includes a load of new features to generate flowers and small plants. This has been worrying us for a while. Up until now Forester was great at creating trees, bushes and shrubs, and could make grass, but flowers and many small herbaceous plants were problematic.
The problem with flowering and herbaceous (fleshy) plants is they often have more regular structures than trees or shrubs which are much more random. Nettles, for example, have clusters of leaves in fours spaced regularly up the stem. Flowers are also often are located at the end of stems and have a reptical from which they bud. We've now added new properties to the branch and leaf properties menu that can simulate these more regular structures. They are also useful for prehistoric and alien trees. An image showing some flowers and plants made with Forester is shown below (rocks made with Medusa Pro):
Mesh small plants provide some nice detailed models for your applications and although detailed most have 200-300 faces so won't cripple framerate. If you'd prefer to use billboards, we've also updated the billboard editor so you can create billboards of clusters of plants in Forester, then export them as a billboard image with an alpha channel.
To go along with the new release we've revamped the Free Grass Pack, Meadow Grass Pack, Wild Flower Pack 1 and Temperate Plant Pack 1 to include mesh flowers and small plants. If you've already bought these packs (the first one is free as the name suggests) then just reinstall. All our upgrades are always free. Each plant pack provides new textures and structures to build in Forester and is $10 each.
Forester Pro is available for download from our website and includes a free version that can make an unlimited number of trees from 7 different templates. The registered version is only $30 and can make virtually any plant.
If you've already installed Forester you can upgrade to the latest version with this installer (including the free version).
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