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Greetings, 

 

One of my clients sent me this most interesting links to a software product. Trying to figure out where the modelling industry is going is a little like herding cats. However, there is one thing that is certain and that is that more and more builders are becoming interested, and proficient, at using the best technology that can be found to make their models. 

 

This little piece of software seems to point in an interesting direction: 

http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/model-builder.html

 

One can imagine using such a tool to make decks, copper plating or some interior surfaces that are not easily seen once the model is completed. 

 

Regards,

 

Rick 

 

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I've seen this program, and plan to buy it in the future, as I can't afford to buy plastic kits for all the buildings on my layout. One negative aspect of this and similar programs, is that any designs you develop, are basicly the property of the software company. You can not sell that building design, because they hold the rights to all the patterns used to generate the textures (sidings, wood grains, etc.).. For something similar for ship/boat designs, that might be a big consideration. My CAD and photo programs have no such clauses.

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thib,

 

It's a question of money talking. This is a good trade-off. If you are going to use someone's work to have some fun, I think it's more than reasonable to give something back. if you want to pay $6K or $10K for a piece of software, then you should be able to do what you want with it. But if someone spends a bunch of time developing a cool piece of software, he should be compensated however he sees fit. 

 

To each his business model,

 

Regards, 

Rick 

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While I understand some their outlook, the owner is still doing all the design work. If you were using their design, I can understand it. The CAD I use goes for about the same price as this program. Like I said I plan to buy it, and really wouldn't be selling any designs anyway, but it might be a concideration to some.

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Look at GIMP.   It is free.   Similar textures - brick/ wood/ shingle - are also available for free on line - usually as tiles - some seamless, most not.

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