An Ivy Generator
by Thomas Luft
University of Konstanz
|Thank you very much for your stunning feedback and the beautiful renderings!|
Frequently asked questions
May I use the Ivy Generator in a commerical project? May I use my results (renderings and meshes) in a commerical project?
Yes, you are allowed to do that.
Can I somehow support this project?
Yes, you can. Please, visit www.loim.de/ivy_generator_donation
Is there a manual for this tool?
The current release of the Ivy Generator contains only a basic instruction (see readme.txt). Future releases will of course have a more detailed manual.
The import does not work properly - my scene looks somehow cluttered. What can I do?
The current release of the Ivy Generator supports only triangular faces. Thus, you have to triangulate your mesh before importing.
The ivy is growing very slow. What can I do?
Please consider the possiblity of using simpler proxy geometry for the Ivy Generator. The growing performance depends strongly on the complexity of your scene.
I can't see the ivy growing - it is growing inside my objects. What can I do?
Please press "flip normals" after importing your scene, and try again.
Is it possible to create another ivy without closing and re-opening the Ivy Generator?
Simply place a new root - double-click in your scene. Then the existing ivy will be deleted and you can grow a new one.
The exported files are HUGE. What can I do?
Future release will provide LOD techniques for this complex kind of mesh. By the way, you don't have to wait until the ivy is completely grown - by pressing the "grow" button again, you can stop it whenever you want.
The exported files are empty. What can I do?
Please press "birth" before exporting.
Can you please implement feature x?
The current release of the Ivy Generator is unsupported. Feel free to send me your feedback for future releases.
Do you plan to write a plug-in for software x?
Future releases will have a plug-in friendly software structure. If you are interest in writing a plug-in version for a specific package, please let me know.
Does this software run on a 64bit operating system or Microsoft Vista?
The current release was not tested on such a system so far.
I can not see any textures within the Ivy Generator?
Some former graphic cards do not handle textures of arbitrary size. Please, try to rescale the textures to a power of two format, e.g. 256 x 256 pixels.
I did not find an answer...
Feel free to write me an email ;-)