Gonzo blogging from the Annie Leibovitz of the software development world.

Day: January 31, 2001

Almost forgot a few important (and not so important) things. I must be getting senile already…

First, the installer version of SIFBuilder is up and on the software page. This is just the installation version of the same program. No changes but now it puts it into the blueprint directory (and blueprint menu) along with the other blueprint programs and will allow you to uninstall it should the need arise (but we know that won’t happen right??).

Also the developer pages are fixed (some of the links were referring back to my hard drive and not the website DUH!) so just reload the pages if you’re having navigation problems. Also the news archives page is fixed (why didn’t anyone tell me??) so news posts back to my humble beginnings here at SimFreaks is there for your viewing pleasure. It’s been 20 weeks of work on blueprint now (including SimExplorer and other programs/things mixed in there) and I think I’ve come far. Of course, it’s never enough for some people but soon my agony will end and then starts the new process, support!

Whew. Another day and I’m still kicking. I was going to post a new object made with blueprint tonight, but the zbuffer generation still isn’t there 100% so I didn’t want people walking through this object. I’m working on it as I type this (ok, not exactly AS I type this but I have the compiler up and will get back to it once I’m done here). Anyways, I’ll post that as soon as I get it working. It’s also the acid test as to whether or not blueprint is creating a correct object.

I’ve also updated the developers section to start the CMX, SKN, and CFP spec publishing that I’ve been neglecting. If you’re a programmer and want to know how these files are put together or just want to know what’s going on for creating custom meshes (Maxis doesn’t officially support custom CMX files so be careful here) then this is the place to be. I’m about 1/3 of the way through the CMX files and just starting the others. I’ll let you know when that’s complete as I find a few minutes here and there to work on them. Enjoy!