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Message - Re: DW 1.7 for Mac is great for landscapes!

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Posted by Mike Wheeler on October 13, 1997 at 16:58:07:

In Reply to: DW 1.7 for Mac is great for landscapes! posted by nathan wilbur on October 13, 1997 at 16:40:07:

I'm glad you're enjoying DesignWorkshop so much. I'd like to take a look at some of your work sometime, to see he sort of stuff you're doing.

Radiance is a free program for the Unix platform. The suggested method to get Radiance to work on your Mac is using Power MachTen from Tenon Intersystems which is a UNIX emulator that runs as an application on top of the Mac OS. Artifice Support is experienced in using this setup and could assist you if you encounter difficulties.

Other options include setting up Linux on a Mac or PC. MkLinux is one version that runs on Macintosh, I believe there is another Mac version of Linux. Linux is a free version of the UNIX platform that runs on various platforms. The disadvantage is that you run Linux in place of the Mac OS, so you need to restart your computer to switch between OSes. Another disadvantage is Artifice Support is not experienced with setting up Linux on a Mac, so our ability to help would be more limited than with Power MachTen

The final option (that I can think of at the moment) is gaining access to a UNIX server, this should be fairly easy in a University setting, and more difficult elsewhere, I imagine. Then you'd need to get the person in charge of the server to install Radiance before you could run it.

Onyx's TreePro program generates extremely accurate models of trees (whereas the Tree Machine makes more abstract trees), but this comes at a severe cost. A nice model of a single tree from TreePro requires several megabytes. A DesignWorkshop model with such a finely detailed tree would take gobs of memory and still be sluggish. TreePro can add some really nice finishing touches to certains views of a DesignWorkshop model, but I think it would be impractical to try to work on a DW model which includes these trees.

If you have more questions about Radiance, TreePro, or anything else feel free to call us, e-mail us, or post a message here.

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