Open Source and GitHub

The Amabilis Software GitHub repositories are available at https://github.com/amabilissoftware. This includes the Open Source extensions for 3DC and a fork of ArcManagedFBX. ArcManagedFBX is a .NET wrapper for the Autodesk FBX SDK. It was used exclusively for importing, so there were quite a few changes to permit exporting. The wrapper changes were probably half the job of writing the exporter for FBX. It probably would have been faster to just write a pure exporter without the SDK. But, going through the SDK ensures that the FBX file is written exactly to Autodesk standards.



Open Source

I just created a public repository on GitHub (https://github.com/amabilissoftware/3dcextensions). I’m planning to open-source all future extensions. Included is the source for the new Autodesk FBX exporter, several other new and improved exporters (Alias OBJ, Collada DAE, AutoCAD DXF), and a sample processing extension. The source is in C#.



3DCrafter 9.5 Beta 1 Available

9.5 Beta 1 is now available for download. This version supports user created extensions even in the freeware version. The upcoming FBX exporter will be open source and be available for the freeware version of 3DC. The freeware version now includes all the Train Simulator related exporters.


FBX in 3DC 9

I have the new (very basic) FBX exporter up and running in 3DCrafter 9. I had to move a few minor features from 3DC 10 to 3DC 9 to get it to work. That means that it will only work with the upcoming 3DC 9.5. But 3DC 9.5 is very similar to 3DC 9.3, so there won’t be a learning curve.


Retrofitting

I’m busy retrofitting functions from 3DC 10 to 3DC 9 so that it can use 3DC 10 plugins with minimal changes. It shouldn’t take long. And, the first very basic FBX export should be available late next week.


FBX and 3MF

I’m starting work on two new file formats, FBX and 3MF. FBX is pretty much the standard for gaming these days (including Train Sim World). 3MF is the up and coming standard for 3D Printing. I have no idea how hard they will be to implement. Fingers crossed!



3DC Coming to Windows Store

3DC should soon be available in the Windows Store. The Windows Store installer for 3DC is complete, and I’ll be submitting it for certification soon. This is a great development because it makes installation more reliable.