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Dan_Ritchie
11-06-2014, 02:18 PM
Today I am launching a new version of my Howler website, and as an incentive, I'm making the Newtonian Follower plugin for Lightwave a free download for today only. (well, maybe a few days)

Please drop by and take a look around. Comments and criticisms are welcome. Please share us on our facebook link too. We'd appreciate it greatly.

Please note, Newtonian is still a commercial product (hey, it's pizza money) so no duplication, but feel free to share the link. Also, this is for individual licenses. Thanks.

The website has be rewritten from top-down with the following goals:

Better browser support
No more “too much information”
Better performance (seems to work much better in chrome now)
More modern

The page is at www.squirreldome.com (http://www.squirreldome.com)

and for a direct link to Newtonian, go to http://squirreldome.com/Newtonian.htm

ivanze
11-06-2014, 02:21 PM
Thank you!!!

MSherak
11-06-2014, 02:24 PM
Wow.. Thank you..

wesleycorgi
11-06-2014, 03:29 PM
Thanks!

cagey5
11-06-2014, 04:16 PM
Hi. I've not downloaded the plugin yet, but thanks in advance as I probably will before time runs out. The real point of this response is in praise of your home page. I've not dug any further as yet, and I don't know what it was like previously, but it looks clean and sharp. Just thought I'd let you know as you asked.

OnlineRender
11-06-2014, 04:28 PM
downloaded shared and tweeted .... thanks

Chernoby
11-06-2014, 04:56 PM
Thank ya kindly sah!

Davewriter
11-06-2014, 08:28 PM
Thank you Sir!
Beyond kind of you.

ernpchan
11-06-2014, 08:45 PM
Thanks!

lightscape
11-06-2014, 08:59 PM
Very nice layout and colorscheme. Its easier and look cleaner on the eyes. Looks like a familiar template though.

jeric_synergy
11-06-2014, 09:14 PM
Grabbed it! Many thanks. :bowdown:

djwaterman
11-06-2014, 09:28 PM
Dan, I noticed that on the site it says that Howler can be used for tradition frame by frame animation. Do you have any tutorials that show that part of the software? And is it in any way limited compared to other animation programs (I don't mean the bells and whistles you get on dedicated 2D animation programs), or do you think it very capable? It might be good to try to find a competent traditional animator and let them play with it and create tutorial content. My problem with Howler is I've never quite got what it is, as it seems to be a few things, but the traditional animation aspect struck me as something I'd like to know more about.

roboman
11-06-2014, 09:56 PM
cool. Not sure where I would use it, but seems like one of those things that one could find lots of uses for, if you know about it. Thanks

Sylver
11-06-2014, 10:55 PM
Thanks - made sure to grab a copy, and checked out Howler 9.5. Good stuff!

OFF
11-06-2014, 11:30 PM
Thank you!

Elfedelazik
11-06-2014, 11:57 PM
Thank you !!

JohnMarchant
11-07-2014, 12:41 AM
Today I am launching a new version of my Howler website, and as an incentive, I'm making the Newtonian Follower plugin for Lightwave a free download for today only. (well, maybe a few days)

Please drop by and take a look around. Comments and criticisms are welcome. Please share us on our facebook link too. We'd appreciate it greatly.

Please note, Newtonian is still a commercial product (hey, it's pizza money) so no duplication, but feel free to share the link. Also, this is for individual licenses. Thanks.

The website has be rewritten from top-down with the following goals:

Better browser support
No more “too much information”
Better performance (seems to work much better in chrome now)
More modern

The page is at www.squirreldome.com (http://www.squirreldome.com)

and for a direct link to Newtonian, go to http://squirreldome.com/Newtonian.htm

Very generous indeed but already brought my copy. Nice website for Howler as well.

Hail
11-07-2014, 01:39 AM
How generous:)
Thank you!

machbeowulf
11-07-2014, 01:40 AM
Very cool ! Thank you !!!

SquishyAni
11-07-2014, 02:12 AM
Wow. Thank You! Site is easy on the eyes, clean and organized. I like it.

Ztreem
11-07-2014, 02:14 AM
Cool! Thank you!

adhesiveX
11-07-2014, 05:15 AM
Thank you!

daforum
11-07-2014, 05:28 AM
Thank you Dan :)

mikadit
11-07-2014, 05:40 AM
thank you!

Philbert
11-07-2014, 06:02 AM
Thanks! The site looks very nice. I tweeted and shared on on Google+, both to my followers and to the 3D Community.

Cyberfish_Fred
11-07-2014, 06:15 AM
Thanks!!!

motivalex
11-07-2014, 06:24 AM
I have downloaded. Thanks very much.

Waves of light
11-07-2014, 07:11 AM
Shared on Tw and FB - many thanks. Just from a design point, most of your pages have 'untitled page' as the page header.

Cheers,
Ricky.

zapper1998
11-07-2014, 08:49 AM
Thank you

Dan_Ritchie
11-07-2014, 10:26 AM
Dan, I noticed that on the site it says that Howler can be used for tradition frame by frame animation. Do you have any tutorials that show that part of the software? And is it in any way limited compared to other animation programs (I don't mean the bells and whistles you get on dedicated 2D animation programs), or do you think it very capable? It might be good to try to find a competent traditional animator and let them play with it and create tutorial content. My problem with Howler is I've never quite got what it is, as it seems to be a few things, but the traditional animation aspect struck me as something I'd like to know more about.

Here is my student film from COC (we're right next door to Cal Arts (yeah, not quite the same thing))


https://vimeo.com/111228266

If that doesn't show, you can see it here... http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/art/animations/birdball/


True, we don't have a large number of tutorials on character animation. I know I've done some, but it's been a few years. Here's a couple I could find that relate. Mind you, the horse animation was intended to show that anyone could animate, even with a mouse. I did it one day at a McDonalds play place, so you can hear kids yelling in the background. It seems not a lot of people are doing drawn animation these days, be we certainly made the program for people to use it that way. It's got

Onion skin with 5 layers (with red shift so you can tell the future frames from the past frames)
Exposure sheet. If you ever used the original version of Magpie, you would get the idea.
frame loading and saving
avi loading and saving
frame scanning (manually, mind you)
non-photo blue pencil removal
line cleanup tool
tablet pressure, of course
filmstrip scrubbing
editing functions like copy/paste/add/delete/block paste, etc.
Frame sequencing (sequence a series of frames by painting them onto a filmstrip (think of a musical sequencre))

As far as limitations go, we work on frames in memory. Also, as people point out, we don't do layers the same way Photoshop does them.
We were really intending the program to be able to do things like compositing (greenscreen/bluescreen/magentascreen/color key) so layers like photoshops since version3 never went into the original design. I guess that also shows how long we've been around.

I did do my student film in Howler, so let me see if I can dig that up as well.

Here are two tutorials I found.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwiuQjxESaY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJXl0gCwrdo

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For those who paid for Newtonian, thanks for the pizza.

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For those who ordered Newtonian, thanks for the pizza.

Dan_Ritchie
11-07-2014, 10:33 AM
Our manual does actually have a fairly comprehensive section on drawn animation, if nothing else.

http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/help/PDHelp/index.htm

calilifestyle
11-08-2014, 03:13 AM
I like the new look.