I’ve been doing a lot of surfing lately to get a feel for the response on blueprint. I’m interested in knowing what the consensus is and how the program can be improved. Software is of course an evolutionary process so the .0 release is always going to be not only a disappointment but also a stepping stone for grander things to come. Of course, the general feel out there is that it’s too complicated or that after all this time it doesn’t do what people expect. True, my own expectations were loftier about the program and given an army of programmers and 8 hour days blueprint might have become the 3D Studio of The Sims however if you really want those quality and features go out and buy the program yourself. I do try to blow off the snide remarks out there but for some reason people are just either completely misinformed about blueprint or chose not to give it a chance. In any case, here’s some myths I wanted to dispel about the program.
blueprint does not export IFF files
Really? What’s the IFF files that are in your Objects folder. They’re valid and contain all your changes except for new sprites (I know, a big factor) but still it’s a valid IFF file and if you want to put it into the game and use it go right ahead.
blueprint sucks and 3D Studio is better
blueprint sucks compared to 3D Studio, yes. If you want 3D Studio quality, then shell out the thousands of $$$ for it and then complain to Discreet that it doesn’t export IFF files.
I have to understand quantum physics to use blueprint.
I’ve made blueprint as simple as possible and for the most part, I think I succeeded. If you think there are ways to make it easier to use, please send them my way and I’ll incorporate them. There are no need to know when an electron will be spontaneously emitted in radioactive decay in order to use the program (for all you quantum physics nuts, yes, I studied it too).
Like I’ve said, if you feel that the program is lacking and can be improved then speak up. Sitting around in forums bitching about it isn’t doing anyone good. If blueprint is the big failure of the year then send me some constructive critisism about what it should have been. If the majority of The Sims community feels this way, then yes, I’ve failed and will quietly bow out of the scene. If you’re really offended by the program then don’t use it and never come back to this site again. I’m all for the free speech concept (beer, software, etc.) but cutting and pasting BLUEPRINT SUCKS a few dozen times just fills my inbasket with sillyness. It’s the well thought out and constructive letters that I keep to remind me to do better next time and benefit everyone.