Third Party Tools / Addon Utility: Cubemaps -> Skymaps GUI creator

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DannyD
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Posted: 13th Sep 2018 14:17
Hi Guys

I've been into Panaromic photography for ages, and was wondering how I can get my own backgrounds/skymap in GG.

I've seen the post about @GraPhiX CubeMap generator, and the video how to use that cube images in a skymap.
Cubemap Generator:
https://www.graphix.org.uk/app/index.htm

Video Making Cubemaps
https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219897#msg2605256

Video how to make skymaps with the images
https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219897#msg2605324

After watching his video, I realize I might use this more than once, but looking for and easier way of doing my skymaps.
I'm lazy right, and as soon as I know I have to do something more than once, I look for a shortcut.

This is when I start writing a small APP for automate this complete process of making a skymap from GraPhix Cubemaps Generator.

Now you can generate a SkyMap within a few seconds.

1. Make Cubemaps following GraPhiX Cubemap Tutorial:
https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219897#msg2605256

2. Download Cubemap -> Skymap GUI
http://www.leznadsoftware.co.za/gameguru/download_cubemgui.php

Unzip to any 8 character folder.
Unfortunate, the png2dds convertor I'm using don't accept long filenames. Might look into this in the future.

3. Unzip cubemap.zip to known folder (Download from GraPhiX CubeMap Generator website (Step 1))
(The must be 6 png files, nx, px, py, nx, pz, nz.png)

4. Run CubemGui.exe

Step 1. Enter a name for the skymap - IMPORTANT.
This will be used to create the correct Folder, .X file, and correct .DDS files
Step 2. Select the unzipped .png files
Step 3. Create the needed .X file, Skyspec.txt file, and 6 *.dds files for the skymap

Additional:
* Change skyspec settings
* After creation, copy to gameguru\files\skybank folder and start using diretly in your Game

Hope someone find this useful.

Enjoy
Danie

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Posted: 13th Sep 2018 14:26 Edited at: 13th Sep 2018 14:27
It works brilliantly thank you for making this

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Posted: 13th Sep 2018 14:33
Your Welcome @GraPhiX.
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Posted: 13th Sep 2018 15:21
Thank you. Will give it a try.
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Hi Guys

Version 1.2.2 Released
** Fixed a bug where the Skymap sometime has a black shadow in the image

Download Cubemap -> Skymap GUI
http://www.leznadsoftware.co.za/gameguru/download_cubemgui.php

Cherio
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Posted: 16th Sep 2018 03:05 Edited at: 16th Sep 2018 05:11
Hi Guys

Version 1.5.0 Released
** Add Support for Qbit
** Add option to use SkyScrolling (Idea from GraPhix Tutorial Video
** Minor fixes

Download Cubemap -> Skymap GUI
http://www.leznadsoftware.co.za/gameguru/download_cubemgui.php

Cherio
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Thank you.
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Posted: 17th Sep 2018 23:54
I can't wait to try this out!

Thanks Danie!
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Posted: 3rd Oct 2018 13:02
After reading this posts, i am completely addicted to creating sky maps lolo , very nice tutorial and thanks for sharing intel

the only problem a have so far is that i notice that in some cases the program compression make a slight banding in the degrade colors

but i try to correct them in photoshop after
nevertheless i am addicted to this

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