Hey Fellow Unrealer’s,
I wanted to start a post where everyone can share cool little tools that they might use everyday to help them in development. It might be some cool little program that does one little thing or something bigger. I will go first to get things started.
Here is a tool that I use everyday called, Sage Thumbs. This cool little tool that adds the ability for Windows to display lots of different thumbnails like .TGA’s for example inside of Windows explorer. This makes it a great tool for having as you can now preview all the .TGA’s that you are using without having to open up Photoshop or Xnview. If you have problems displaying all thumbnails make sure that you turn up the Maximum size of the image file to something like 1000 MB.
Enjoy and please add more tools like this if you have them.
Here is the updated list. As people add more and more I will try and update. I left out the 3Ds max scripts because some times I have problems getting access to scripts spot from China.
Sage Thumbs: For displaying lots of different imgae formats as thumbnails inside of Windows.https://code.google.com/p/sagethumbs/
RefBoard: Little app that displays pictures above all other windows so you can use them for reference. http://www.polycount.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134131
Irfanview: Progrma that is for viewing lots of various image types in windows. - http://www.irfanview.com/
Substance Designer: 2D Texture Creation. - http://www.allegorithmic.com/products/substance-designer
NDO: Normal Map creation - http://dev.quixel.se/ndo
XNormal: Normal Map creation - http://www.xnormal.net/1.aspx
dDo: Texture creation - http://dev.quixel.se/ddo
FlowMapPainter: Flow textures - http://www.polycount.com/forum/showthread.php?t=105399
Handplane: Tangent Space calculator that helps to sync normals maps so that they will match up with the game engine that will be rendering them. - http://www.handplane3d.com/
Crazy Bump: Various map creation software. - http://www.crazybump.com/
Gimp: Free image minuplation tool like photoshop. - http://www.gimp.org/
Lebox Extender: FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes. - FileBox eXtender - keep favorite folders at your fingertips
IES Profile Gen: Free and easy to use IES light texture generator - http://www.vertheim.com/ies-generator.html
Knald: For AO/Cavity/Heightmaps - https://www.knaldtech.com/
3D Modeling / Painting:
Blender: Free 3D Modeling and rendering software. - http://www.blender.org/
MakeHuman: For creating base human meshes to refine in sculpt. - http://www.makehuman.org/
Substance Painter: 3D painting software. - http://www.allegorithmic.com/products/substance-painter
Autodesk FBX Converter: Free tool to convert FBX, Collada, DXF, 3DS to any version of FBX - http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?siteID=123112&id=22694909
Marvelous Designer = Program for making life like clothing. - http://www.marvelousdesigner.com/
gwTerraNoise = Producal Map Creation - gw::TerraNoise
WorldMaschine = Producal terrain and terrain texture creation software. - http://www.world-machine.com/