Sweet Home 3D (http://www.sweethome3d.com/index.jsp) is an amazing
cross-platform tool (it is entirely written in Java) which permits,
in a very simple way, to create house interiors (and also exteriors).
I think it could be very usefull to generate scenes for Pipmak, rendering is
quite good, with shadows and reflections.
It's possible to export spherical panoramas into equirectangular format.
Who knows a opensource/free converting tool for passing from equirectangular
I have found "Pano2VR", which is very nice, but it isn't free
(Trial version put watermasks on outputs)
An idea: Why didn't include, inside Pipmak, a series of tools/functions
to convert various panorama formats?
For example, saveequirect() is very usefull function,
so we can include also other functions like:
Andrea Viarengo wrote:
> Who knows a opensource/free converting tool for passing from equirectangular
> to cubic?
No idea. If all else fails, my tool of choice would be POV-Ray, but if
you're not already familiar with it, its learning curve is probably
disproportionate to such a trivial goal.
> An idea: Why didn't include, inside Pipmak, a series of tools/functions
> to convert various panorama formats?
> For example, saveequirect() is very usefull function,
> so we can include also other functions like:
> bottom_img = getfromequirect(equi_img, "bottom")
> left_img = getfromequirect(equi_img, "left")
> What do you thinking about that?
I think it would be very inefficient to do this at runtime.
It seems to me that the proper solution for the problem would be to
implement support for equirectangular panoramas in Pipmak.
If conversion is necessary, then it should be done at authoring time,
and a tool for that could just be shipped along with Pipmak. (OK, I
guess it could be integrated as well.)
I'm not an expert in panoramas an all these things, but it seems to me
that there should already be enough scripts and programsfor this task,
using the PanoTools? (I just did a little google search - but maybe I am
getting something completely wrong)