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Drumroll please… realXtend + OpenSim = Importing of Proper 3D Models

I’m not a techie guy, but I know what ‘import proper 3D models’ means, and I know what a tremendous impact it will have on our industry and beyond.

We’ve heard about emulator plug-ins that enable SL-like models (built within the same limitations) to be imported.. We’ve seen sculpties… But it still isn’t the fluid and automatic tool architects and designers pining for. I can say that this announcement, found on UgoTrade, is probably the most exciting news I’ve heard so far. I realize they still have a lot of work to do before this is an easy and effective solution, but based on everything I’ve seen so far, it is really starting to look like OpenSim and realXtend might be the answer we’ve been searching for.

via UgoTrade

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Rich Interchange Formats for Objects in Second Life
August 30, 2007, 7:36 pm
Filed under: architectural resources, architecture, import tools, ugotrade

Another great post on Ugotrade. This one includes an interview with Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale, with some very interesting insights. I had the oppportunity to meet with author Tara5 Oh at SLCC this year, and we discussed architectural importing just before her interview with Philip, resulting in the following question:

Ugotrade (Tara5 Oh) Question: “But, I think I have heard from architects that using the current tools to do this (model importing) is a very long and complicated procedure?

Philip’s response: “I think in the next couple of quarters we will probably have rich interchange formats for objects – we like that. But I can’t tell you anything too specific about it right now.”

Read the full interview HERE.



UgoTrade’s Coverage of Virtual Architecture

UgoTrade  has been doing some interesting research and reporting on virtual architecture, including a new post today (link) including coverage of the reflexive architecture installation, the Cntrl-Shift-07 competition, Theory Shaw, the Wikitecture progress, as well as the important work Eolus McMillan and the EOLUS One Initiative they have been working on.