Re: [nbos] [AS] Automation and Fractal Terrains Pro?
T'Star
Wed Oct 24th, 2007
There is a script already that allows mass generation of surface maps.
I believe it uses FWE. And it is available on NOX. It takes a while
to run and it doesn't do a sector export but it should at least get
you started.

~Heather

On 10/24/07, Dan Rubenfield <lord_pall-at-hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> So I picked up Astrosynthesis and Fractal Terrains Pro on the understanding
> I could use them together.
>
> So far, it's sort of a pain...
>
> Within Astro, clicking create surface map does nothing except pause for a
> few seconds. (This is with FT Pro set in preferences).
>
> Unsetting the preferences and I get a planetary surface. I assume since it
> uses FWE.
>
> Either way, with FT Pro enabled, I can click edit surface. This pulls up FT
> Pro in a greyscale mode. I can dork around, and save a named file.
>
> However, it seems like I've got to manually export, name and save all of the
> files, then manually assign the surface map to the planet ( I have not tried
> this part yet).
>
> Is this the case?
>
> If so, is there any way to do a MASSIVE automation? To the point of -
>
> 1. Generate starsystem and planets using AS
> 2. Generate all gas giant surfaces
> 3. Generate all planetary surfaces in FT Pro, hook up surface maps, and
> export every planetary surface as a multiple file set of images. (this is ft
> pro specific, but I'll add it in here).
> 4. Export system data for every system. Ideally this would be with
> spherical planets using the above surface maps. I'd love to see if I could
> get non-planetary bodies rendering as well.
> 5. Export sector as multiple images
>
>
> I assume the above is not possible out of the box, but any advice on how to
> accomplish this would be most helpful. Additional software packages or
> anything else is also good.
>
> I figure worst case I can use a mixture of macro/batch/automation utilities.
> These, plus some file parsers to handle raw file outputs and It's not too
> bad, but it still feels clunky.
>
> Oh yeah - I'm aware that the above is a huge amount of exporting and raw
> data. That's deliberate.
>
> Thanks,
> -Dan
>
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