3D RAD TUTORIALS

 
3D RAD TUTORIALS
 
3D RAD TUTORIALS
 
   
 
 
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Need the stand-alone executable compiler plugin?
Need standard Windows interface?
Need improved frame-rate and smaller load time?
Need hi-resoution modes and 32-bit color modes?
Need network gaming support and integrated chat system?
Need direct import of your 3D models along with their textures and animation?
Need real-time 3d morphing (soft-skin animation)?
Need full real-time control over hierarchy model parts and pre-defined hierarchy animation?
Need real-time 3D object cloning/loading/destruction and particle effects?
Need alpha textures? Alpha maps? Advanced translucency-based effects?
Need full real-time control over object surface material?
Need volumetric shadows and lights?
Need mipmapping, environment mapping, antialiasing, UV texture animation?
Need robust string support, string variables, true-type overlayed text plotting and user text input?
Need polygon-based collision system?
Need Euler free-xyz-sequence, axis-angle and quaternion based rotations?
Need unlimited-size arrays?
Need advanced file input/output (loading/saving/editing)?
Need full control over engine settings?
Need screen saver support?
Need hundreds more brain instructons?
Need improved documentation and e-mail tech support?
Just need more creative power?

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Do you have an old PC? At www.3drad.com you will also find a DOS/Windows 3.x version of 3D Rad!

INSTALLATION NOTES

* TO RUN 3D RAD, double-click 'My Computer' icon, double-click 'C:' icon, double-click '3drad' folder and then double-click '3drad' file (red ball).
* 3D Rad requires DirectX8 or better and a Direct3D video card driver installed! If you encounter any problem running 3D Rad, please see troubleshooting (below) for details.
* 3D Rad doesn't modify your system in any way when installed, so it doesn't need any uninstallation software. To completely remove 3D Rad from your system, just remove the c:\3drad folder from your hard drive.

GENERAL INFORMATION

* 3D RAD OVERVIEW (MUST READ!)
* ENGINE CONFIGURATION NOTES
* TROUBLESHOOTING

QUICK START

* STEP 1. ADDING 3D OBJECTS TO A BASIC SCENERY
* STEP 2. ADDING CHARACTERS INDICATORS
* STEP 3. ARMING CHARACTERS
* STEP 4. SETTING THE GAME'S LOGIC UP
* STEP 5. COMPILING STAND-ALONE MULTI-LEVEL PROJECTS

SPECIAL EFFECTS

* FIRE
Burning objects, braziers, torches, firestorms, and more!
* SMOKE
Damaged vehicles, burnt buildings, dynamic fog and more!
* FLARES
Vehicle lights, explosion dazzles, and any other flare effect!
* LIGHT SOURCES
Valuable tips here! Learn all about dynamic light sources and transform any dull place into the most evocative place you have ever seen!
* WEATHER
Rain, snow, thunderstorm, lightning, dawn, sunshine, sunset! How to use and customize the weather resources!

TECHNIQUES

* EDITING TIPS
Improve your productivity by using short-cuts, hot keys and smart editing techniques
* ANIMATED TEXTURES
Understand texture animation by implmenting a professional looking water effect and making a simple anphibian vehicle simulator!
* WORKING WITH SOUNDS
The final touch making a 3d project complete
* THE ULTIMATE INDICATOR RESOURCE
Make any professional looking indicator (health, speed, altitude, orientation, weapon overheating, etc.) by customizing the universal indicator resource! Easy and cool!
* MAKING RACING GAMES
Making a 3D racing game in 3D Rad is so easy! Make a simple racing project and know everything about it with this step-by-step tutorial!
* PRE-DEFINED COURSES
How to make your own objects following pre-defined courses. Includes detailed step-by-step instructions for using the 3d spline editor utility
* LAUNCHING EXTERNAL WINDOWS APPLICATIONS
The way to integrate your 3D projects with any other executable!
* PLAYING MEDIA FILES
Avi clips as intro and cut scenes, Midi music as sound track and more!
* 3D EXPLOSIONS
Using the explosion tool to make any custom 3D model explode to fragments
* MAKING SCREEN SAVERS
How to make screen savers from your compiled 3D projects.
* INCREASING FRAME RATE
Valuable tips on how to optimize your project with speed in mind!
* .V3D FILE FORMAT
Editing complex 3D animations
* DATA CONVERSION FROM OLD 3D RAD VERSIONS

RESOURCE CUSTOMIZATION

* ELEMENT TYPES
Understanding element types is the key to resource customization
* 2D GRAPHICS WITH SPRITES
Customizing pre-made 2D resources and importing your own 2D images and animations
* 3D GRAPHICS WITH VISUALS
Customizing pre-made 3D resources and importing/animating your own 3D models
* PSEUDO-3D GRAPHICS WITH FLATS
Customizing pre-made pseudo-3D elements and making your own translucent objects
* DRAWING CUSTOM TEXTURES
Tips about drawing textures for 3D models
* COLLISION-CAPABLE SCENERY
Importing ANY custom 3D model making it work as a scenery! Characters will automatically follow the ground profile and rebound against obstacles! No programming required!
* CUSTOMIZING 3D BACKGROUNDS

BRAIN PROGRAMMING

* WHAT A BRAIN IS
Get ALL the power! Instruction-level brain programming makes 3D Rad flexibility unlimited!
* BRAIN PROGRAMMING, THE STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL
Learn writing instruction-level brains in a few minutes
* BRAIN INSTRUCTION REFERENCE (MUST READ!)
All brain script instructions listed in alphabetical order
* GUIDED CODING
Writing brains by adding pre-made brain pieces! Easy, funny and instructive!
* BRAIN PIECES LIBRARY 1
Player controlled actions
* BRAIN PIECES LIBRARY 2
Automatic actions
* BRAIN PIECES LIBRARY 3
Special pieces