Free Bryce 5.0
For all you indie (or just poor) game artists and devs, download a free and legal copy of Bryce 3D 5.0 for the next couple weeks:
Nice find. I'll be sure and pass this along to some mod inclined acquaintances of mine.
Downloaded, fought with it for half an hour and deleted it right away. That 'innovative' user interface makes it 100% useless.
Dont like to sound harsh, but creators of that software should be (repeatedly) punched in the face. Its not worth it (even when its free).
If you want free 3D software, screw Bryce and go here.. Thats atleast usable.
Last edited by Jape; 08-23-2006 at 10:45 PM.
I'm not a big fan of the Metacreations (RIP) style UI Bryce still sports, but you can't seriously have attacked anyone else's UI and then have suggested Blender in the same post, could you have?
Blender UI is weird yes, but it does not make the software unusable.
Bryce UI might be OK if it was atleast scalable and windowed (couldnt find a way to do it, even with help files and forums). I have 1680x1050 screen resolution and Bryce uses 800x600(ish) piece of it and wastes everything else. Meaning: everything is too small and it steals whole damn screen (only way to switch applications is with alt-tab and cant access desktop anymore when bryce is running)
Thats the main reason why Bryce is not worth it even when free.
Last edited by Jape; 08-24-2006 at 12:25 AM.
You can change the window size in Bryce. I can't remember the exact method, but I'm pretty sure it's when you create a new image - you get resolution and window size as options.
I was interested in this, and was going to ask if they also included a manual on how to use the damm thing. I tried to use Bryce 2.0 or 3.0 a few years ago (I forget which one) and I could not figure out jack.
I take it there are no instructions at all on how to use it. I guess Ill skip it.
I've been messing with Version 5 for a while (over a year or two) and it's by no means the greatest but it's fun to screw around with for landscapes and the water effects are OK.
It's more stable than earlier versions and it can do more but the interface always felt like it could be more user friendly.
That being said, it's really not THAT difficult to figure out the basics of the program and the results are cool if you're not "Uber 3D Guy".
Some of my mistakes have been more impressive than intentional layouts.
There is no doubting the 'cool' you can do with Bryce. Looking at the screen shots there is a lot of very neat things people are doing there. However, if I can do them because I technically do not know how to tell bryce to do them, its all kind of pointless.
Grrr, doesn't work on Tiger!
World's End Supernova
Heh... I was about to say the same thing. Bryce's interface is actually a Kai Krause (of Kai's Power Tools fame) legacy. It's main crime is that it takes up way too much screen real estate, but it's fairly functional as non-traditional interfaces go. Blender, on the other hand... I appreciate Blender in a conceptual sense, and think it's cool that it exists, but its interface makes the baby Jesus cry. I used to think Softimage and ZBrush had obtuse interfaces, until Blender came along and put things into perspective for me.
Originally Posted by Coca Cola Zero
In any case, there are much better alternatives to both Bryce and Blender for both lanscape design and general modelling, if you are willing to spend at least a token sum of money. Vue's landscape tools left Bryce in the dust years ago, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better sub-d modeller than Silo, even if you're willing to spend thousands of dollars to get it.
Well... Blender is free (and always will be because its GPL licenced), silo costs ~100 bucks. And if youre willing to pay for your software, theres tons of 3D apps in that price range. And secondly, silo seems to be heavily focused into modelling, blender is general purpose app.
Originally Posted by Ben Sones
I dont argue that Blender could use serious UI overhaul, but its not THAT bad after you get used to it. And Blender has quite nice set of features if youre willing to learn the UI.
Does this mean we can look forward to a new tidal wave of new generic looking fractal landscapes with imported Poser3D models?
Yeah, well, Bryce 5 is not THAT bad, either. The interface isn't great by any means, but it's certainly not terrible. I mean, really, you're complaining that its interface is bad becasue you don't immediately know how to use it, but you've also admitted that Blender suffers from pretty much the same deal.
Originally Posted by Jape
Originally Posted by RobotPants
Nope. i wasnt complaining because bryce UI is bad in general (it is). I was complaining because Bryce UI breaks too many rules (stealing desktop for example).
Blender ui might be weird, but it does not have flaws like this.
I was just wondering the same thing - did Met finally snap? What's he in jail for?
Originally Posted by Flowers
I'm surprised you have to ask!
Originally Posted by quatoria