Posts by Don. Edwards

by Don. Edwards
28.07.2008, 08:57
Forum: Textures
Topic: Don. Edwards Texture Tutorials
Replies: 7
Views: 4644

Don. Edwards Texture Tutorials

Hello all. Over the years I have been a part of the Celestia community I have been asked a few times to create a tutorial here and there to aid other texture creators and there works. Over the last 2 years I have been so wrapped up in trying to keep a friends business afloat that I had basically bec...
by Don. Edwards
28.07.2008, 05:31
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: does format affects hard drive
Replies: 11
Views: 6981

Re: does format affects hard drive

Better yet, right click My Computer on either the desktop or in the start menu and select "Manage". On the left you will see a list of sub apps. Click storage and under it Disk Management will appear. Click that and you will have a graphic user interface for deleting. creating partitions a...
by Don. Edwards
28.07.2008, 05:17
Forum: Textures
Topic: Adding snow to Furahan texturemap
Replies: 30
Views: 13000

Re: Adding snow to Furahan texturemap

A tutorial, hmm. I haven't had the best luck making them but I guess I can try. I will be posting it in another thread though. I believe in keeping threads as on topic as possible. So I will create a thread dealing with threads in the near future.

Thanks for the interest.

Don. Edwards
by Don. Edwards
27.07.2008, 23:47
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: does format affects hard drive
Replies: 11
Views: 6981

Re: does format affects hard drive

Also reformatting a hard drive is no different from the daily moving of files that is done by your operating system. If you had any idea about how many times a day your drive gets things written to it then removed you would be quite surprised. Windows Vista has a built in defrager that is moving dat...
by Don. Edwards
27.07.2008, 23:38
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: Planet climate question
Replies: 8
Views: 3287

Re: Planet climate question

Of course, as long as they are placed in the right latitudes. The Sahara and Arabian peninsula were verdant and green when the rest of the world was frozen over. That was the last ice age. The climate at that time allowed for heavy rainfall in what is now desert regions. The Earths overall climate w...
by Don. Edwards
27.07.2008, 22:54
Forum: Textures
Topic: Adding snow to Furahan texturemap
Replies: 30
Views: 13000

Re: Adding snow to Furahan texturemap

You truly are on your way if this is your first attempt. But there are a few things to learn as of yet. 1. Always think big. Even if your computer can't handle using, say a 16k texture. Its always better to work with as big a texture you can handle with your software. You can always downsize the tex...
by Don. Edwards
27.07.2008, 04:12
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK V Milestone Release
Replies: 85
Views: 36690

Re: Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK III Project Reset

Update time. This represents the present state of the Mark III Terraformed Mars texture. http://216.231.48.101/~impulse/Mars_Central/TM-MARKIII/Terraformed_Mars_Mark_3.1.jpg I have finally settled on a water level that is both high enough to fill most of the important basins but also low enough not ...
by Don. Edwards
27.07.2008, 03:00
Forum: Textures
Topic: Planetary textures needed for 3D hobbyist Space Opera game
Replies: 6
Views: 5504

Re: Planetary textures needed for 3D hobbyist Space Opera game

The white spots you are seeing inside the continental boundaries are lakes and rivers. In Celestia's engine knows that a black and white textures set as a specmap is for creating the reflective areas on the water, everything black has no reflection. I have played with having a specmap that will refl...
by Don. Edwards
26.07.2008, 22:17
Forum: Textures
Topic: Planetary textures needed for 3D hobbyist Space Opera game
Replies: 6
Views: 5504

Re: Planetary textures needed for 3D hobbyist Space Opera game

As a matter of fact NASA's Deep Impact probe just took a series of images of the Earth and Moon and the images show quite a good Sun reflection off the oceans. So yes it is realistic. Unfortunately Celestia can't seem to quite create this effect as well as one would want. But we do with what we can....
by Don. Edwards
26.07.2008, 20:48
Forum: Textures
Topic: Planetary textures needed for 3D hobbyist Space Opera game
Replies: 6
Views: 5504

Re: Planetary textures needed for 3D hobbyist Space Opera game

If you are looking for realism, First I would do some editing of your present Earth Texture. If you want it to look as real as possible it needs to look more like this. http://216.231.48.101/~impulse/Forum_pics/Earth/E02.jpg Also if what ever you are rendering your planets in can use a Specmap I hig...
by Don. Edwards
23.07.2008, 00:52
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Worried again.Can Celestia be adapted to Direct X10?
Replies: 8
Views: 2247

Re: Worried again.Can Celestia be adapted to Direct X10?

If you are using Vista, you can choose to hide those updated drivers you wish not to see and or download. Under XP you just have to watch real close and make sure you don't get downgraded.

Don. Edwards
by Don. Edwards
23.07.2008, 00:49
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Celestia v1.6 improvements --> incompatible URLs
Replies: 3
Views: 1746

Re: Celestia v1.6 improvements --> incompatible URLs

selden,

The link in your post points to a blank web page. just thought you should know.

Don. Edwards
by Don. Edwards
18.07.2008, 08:40
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Worried again.Can Celestia be adapted to Direct X10?
Replies: 8
Views: 2247

Re: Worried again.Can Celestia be adapted to Direct X10?

Microsoft per-say is not the ones who in the end decide how we get our OpenGL. We get that support from ATI or nVidia. As I have stated for years, Microsoft has already pulled the more advanced features sets of OpenGL from any video drivers it hosts on its sites through Windows update program. Micro...
by Don. Edwards
16.07.2008, 10:55
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: RELEASE: Planet X - Nibiru v1
Replies: 13
Views: 15833

Re: RELEASE: Planet X - Nibiru v1

Ah, not this again. I had a co-worker, a fairly intelligent guy who thinks this tripe is real. I tried to explain that the simple laws of orbital mechanics rule out this thing being there. Besides if it were there and it was going to be in the inner solar system by 2012 we should already being it as...
by Don. Edwards
11.07.2008, 10:34
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK V Milestone Release
Replies: 85
Views: 36690

Re: Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK III Project Reset

zhar2, Because in actuality that is the color of vegetation here on Earth. The BlueMarble team over saturate there images to make them appealing and pretty to the mass public. If you look at untouched photos taken by the astronauts and satellite images taken straight down the vegetation looks dark a...
by Don. Edwards
11.07.2008, 01:54
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK V Milestone Release
Replies: 85
Views: 36690

Re: Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK III Project Reset

I decided to go through all the files for this project, and there are gigs of PSDs and other image files. So I thought I would post a few samples of the actual textures so everyone can see it from one version to the next. So first we have the last build of the Terraformed Mars Mark I texture. http:/...
by Don. Edwards
04.07.2008, 23:44
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: 100 years later, Tunguska remains mysterious
Replies: 4
Views: 2726

Re: 100 years later, Tunguska remains mysterious

Please this has been beaten to death with a stick. It came from above and it was most likely cometary and exploded above the ground in an air burst. the blast form looks vaguely like a butterfly. It didn't com from anywhere here on Earth and it was some dam alien spaceship crashing. I think this is ...
by Don. Edwards
04.07.2008, 23:38
Forum: Textures
Topic: UPDATE!! - Ultimate Terraformed Mars Texture
Replies: 195
Views: 119339

Re: UPDATE!! - Ultimate Terraformed Mars Texture

The project has been reset, please see new thread.

Don. Edwards
by Don. Edwards
04.07.2008, 23:33
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK V Milestone Release
Replies: 85
Views: 36690

Ultimate Terraformed Mars MARK V Milestone Release

http://216.231.48.101/~impulse/Mars_Central/TM-Mark-V/milestone.jpg Hello Fellow Celestians, The long wait is almost over. I am pretty much finished with the main part of the Terraformed Mars project. I could keep going and tweaking things as I have done for over 3 long and grueling years, but ther...
by Don. Edwards
04.07.2008, 22:08
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: One of My Textures to be on TV
Replies: 8
Views: 2936

Re: One of My Textures to be on TV

DonAVP, I have been paid in the past for some of my texture work in commercial applications. This being for public television and the fact the texture has been out an around the internet for a few years now compelled me to allow the usage for free. I feel its enough that I will be able to point to i...

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