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CrossPlatform GUI (Qt) for my F-TexTools/Nmtools
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Author:  t00fri [ Wed, 06-05-09, 19:15 GMT ]
Post subject:  CrossPlatform GUI (Qt) for my F-TexTools/Nmtools

Hi all,

I know that many of you would love to just click and download 64k "monster" VT tile sets of the exquisite quality, as resulting from my F-TexTools / Nmtools. As a main reason for peoples' reluctance of just using these tools themselves, I often read the lack of familiarity with commandline programs.

Well, in-between coding some Qt GUI stuff for Celestia.Sci, I took a break and started designing and coding a Qt GUI for my tools. ;-)

The great advantage of the Qt graphical toolkit is its cross-platform feature (Windows, Mac OS, Linux) and excellent documentation! For these reasons, after version 1.6.x, Celestia will also enjoy a Qt GUI interface!

Celestia.Sci will include a number of tool applications, like a catalog & texture loader/unloader, dedicated plotting tools...and this GUI for producing "monster" VTs directly from the scientific archives...

In SVN we already have a nicely working Qt version that cleanly compiles in all supported operating systems.

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Before going on with more GUI coding for my tools, I would like to ask for some more feedback about whether people find such a cross-platform GUI enhancement useful!?
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Here is a preview of how the interface will roughly look like. It's essentially a dockable 2-page toolbox widget structure, the first one for the base and spec texture tasks, the 2nd page being devoted to the normalmap generation (nmtools). This will be attached below the standard menue bar with Help etc.

Have a look below, how the GUI for the base & spec texture tasks look in Linux (Qt Plastic style). In Windows XP it's essentially the same apart from style aspects.

Please, just have a look whether you can understand the options essentially... I'd be grateful of course for any suggestions that could further simplify the use of my tools...

The present default entries will be just enough to generate in the directory ./BaseTex_VTs_DXT a complete 64k VT tileset (level0..level5 ) for the base texture with its corresponding spec texture located in the alpha channel.

The VTs will be in highest quality DXT3 format.

Would this be still too complicated? ;-)

Fridger

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Author:  ElChristou [ Wed, 06-05-09, 19:48 GMT ]
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No doubt a GUI is welcome for a larger audience.
Perso despite I was able to do it all via command lines, i know i will be more confortable (it's irrational, I know that! :roll:) with such a all in one polished tool...
So green light from me! :wink:

Author:  t00fri [ Wed, 06-05-09, 19:58 GMT ]
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Good Christophe, sounds motivating ;-) How are you!??

Fridger

Author:  ElChristou [ Wed, 06-05-09, 21:09 GMT ]
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t00fri wrote:
How are you!??


Oh, fine! Tx!
It's true I'm not showing up at shatters for obvious reasons (and I guess Celestia venture is definitively in the past for me) and not much here because... I'm busy!
Now, as it's all about business (regular and perhaps new ones), no point to dev the topic here...
For now I have no time for modelling or else so I have to stay in the shadows! :wink:

(BTW, I think I remember asking DW about the possibility to do such tool with UI quiet some time ago... I don't recall why we haven't give a try, though... :|
Anyway I'd be happy to test it! :P )

Author:  BobHegwood [ Wed, 06-05-09, 21:32 GMT ]
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Definite Thumbs-Up from the Brain-Dead. :D

See post on shatters concerning same. :wink:

Author:  bh [ Thu, 07-05-09, 15:21 GMT ]
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Yes please! :D

Author:  praesepe [ Fri, 08-05-09, 1:50 GMT ]
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Hi there, so many known faces here :lol:

Such GUI would surely make things easier for those who have fear of the cmd interpreter.. It also would make VT creation trivial almost for anyone independently of their image manipulation knowledge. Personally, I prefer to use the cmd because this way I always know what I'm really doing at any momment but this application would be very welcome to the community.

Thumbs up here too. :wink:

Author:  t00fri [ Fri, 08-05-09, 14:58 GMT ]
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praesepe wrote:
Hi there, so many known faces here :lol:

Such GUI would surely make things easier for those who have fear of the cmd interpreter.. It also would make VT creation trivial almost for anyone independently of their image manipulation knowledge.

Thumbs up here too. :wink:


Good, thanks for your feedback!

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Personally, I prefer to use the cmd because this way I always know what I'm really doing at any momment but this application would be very welcome to the community.


Me too, of course ... ;-)

Fridger

Author:  bh [ Mon, 11-10-10, 15:15 GMT ]
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Any news on this? Just curious. Where's Bob?

Author:  BobHegwood [ Wed, 13-10-10, 11:51 GMT ]
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bh wrote:
Any news on this? Just curious. Where's Bob?

Which Bob? :D
If you mean me, I am always here. Saw your message yesterday,
but didn't know if you meant me or not.
Thanks, Brain-Dead

EDIT: Would obviously love a GUI, but that's just because I *am*
Brain-Dead :D

Author:  John Van Vliet [ Fri, 22-10-10, 6:06 GMT ]
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BobHegwood
you are LESS brain dead than 90% of the posters on LinuxQuestions.org

and less than most average( whatever average is) computer users

You DO want to learn things

but i can see where using " | " and " > " to pass arguments to the next program can be a bit confusing to Windows users ..
It is not something 99% will ever see in there lifetime .

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