Archive for the ‘Troubleshooting’ Category
Having more than one PC can be quite a luxury, but it’s quite common for a professional software developer such as myself. However, it can also have its down-side, especially if the computers are different models from different manufacturers.
The reason I say this is that having solved the problems I had with Blender on one PC, I found that on the second, I experienced the same problems. The cure that I used for the first PC completely failed to fix it on the second. Furthermore, the fix that I did wasn’t really satisfactory because it is now downgrading the performance of my PC’s graphics card for the sake of one application.
So I needed to find an alternative fix and that turned out to be new video drivers. Both PCs have ATI graphics cards, so I suspect that updating the drivers on both machines might cure the [Read more…]
For years, I have been interested in 3D graphics. In fact, I used to render 3D graphics on my old BBC Micro, which was long before any of the big movies like Toy Story were ever created.
It’s only been a hobby though – I never got into it in a serious way.
My sons have got to that age where they are interested in computer games and as I am a professional programmer, are quite keen for us to put together a game of our own. Of course, we don’t have the time and budgets of the big software companies, so we’re not expecting miracles, but it is possible to put together simple games reasonably quickly.
One tool that I have used in the past is Blender. It’s a free 3D modelling tool that incorporates Python scripting and a game engine which lets you interact with the models that [Read more…]