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Original Poster
#1 Old 17th Sep 2008 at 10:35 AM Last edited by CatOfEvilGenius : 19th Feb 2009 at 11:22 PM.
Default MilkShape Plugin : Cat's Normal Smoother - smooth selection only, correct seams
Cat's Normal Smoother

PURPOSE

This MilkShape plugin adjusts normals in a user selected area to give the mesh a smooth appearance. It does not affect unselected areas. It handles mesh seams correctly. It will not weld vertices. It will not change or break your UV map. See example.

note Feb 19, 2009: Due to a dumb oversight on my part, this current version acts like demon's Align Normals. The next planned version of the Normal Smoother, not yet released, will have more features however. It will optionally preserve sharp creases and it will be aware of smoothing groups..

INSTALLATION

Unzip it and put it in your MilkShape folder. You will have a new option in the Vertex menu called Cat's Normal Smoother.

SHARP CREASES?

This plugin does not preserve sharp creases, it makes things look smooth. Another version is planned which will preserve sharp creases above a user specified feature angle and will be aware of smoothing groups. It'll be released whenever it's ready, don't ask.

EXAMPLE

















In the thumbnails, you can see what happens with Smooth All and smoothing groups (but no welding because that breaks the UV map). I'm not criticizing it, just saying it has limitations which motivated the creation of this new tool.

Thanks
Thanks to Wes Howe for answering my questions about the MilkShape SDK.
Thanks to the creators of MilkShape and the MilkShape SDK.
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip msCatsNormalSmoother.zip (9.7 KB, 1208 downloads) - View custom content

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Mad Poster
#2 Old 8th Nov 2008 at 5:41 PM
Thanks Cat! I can see this as being most useful. Would have been nice on past meshing projects of mine. At least I wont have to worry in the future.

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Field Researcher
#3 Old 19th Feb 2009 at 10:04 AM
I don't know why I didn't find this plugin before. Cat, you are my hero! Thank you!
Test Subject
#4 Old 19th Feb 2009 at 12:53 PM
hi i downloaded this and copied all the files to the milk shape instalation folder but they wont show on the import menu in milkshape. im using milkshape v 1.7.0 if it matters please help.
Mad Poster
#5 Old 19th Feb 2009 at 1:31 PM
This isn't supposed to show under the Import menu option. You import yor mesh as regular and then use this plugin from the Vertex menu. Cat did point this out in her first post.

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Instructor
#6 Old 19th Feb 2009 at 1:55 PM
Is this different from my "Align Normals" option that I have in Milkshape?
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Original Poster
#7 Old 19th Feb 2009 at 11:18 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aligeth
Is this different from my "Align Normals" option that I have in Milkshape?


Damn, oversight on my part, hadn't noticed Align Normals worked on regions, not just individual vertex pairs. The current version of the Normal Smoother works like demon's Align Normals. However, the next planned version will have features that Align Normals does not. It will optionally preserve sharp creases rather than smoothing them, and it will be aware of smoothing groups.

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Instructor
#8 Old 27th Feb 2009 at 1:41 PM
Awesome, looking forward to it!
Field Researcher
#9 Old 26th Apr 2009 at 2:28 PM
You saved me, thank you
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Test Subject
#10 Old 30th Jul 2009 at 9:05 AM
Thanks!!!

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#11 Old 27th Aug 2009 at 5:57 PM
How come you guys have an "align normals" option in Milkshape? I can't find it!
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Original Poster
#12 Old 28th Aug 2009 at 2:34 AM
Inge - Align Normals is a plugin that demon made, it is in the Tools subforum (this subforum). He also made Extended Manual Edit, which I can't live without.

demon's plugins

(if you have time and inclination, there's a thread at MATY with a question about your AL mods)

Please spay or neuter your pets. --- Cat Music Video! --- my meshes
Doilyrific Diabolical Disagreer about Water Reflections
#13 Old 28th Aug 2009 at 7:04 AM
It's not a case of time or inclination, I can't even remember enough details to reply and I don't have sims2 installed any more. Whatever I wrote at the time would have been true though.
Zombie Socks
#14 Old 2nd Feb 2010 at 2:49 AM
Ooooh! Thank you so much! I cannot tell you how useful this will be!

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Forum Resident
#15 Old 8th Mar 2010 at 4:16 PM
Thank you very much. I think this will help a lot.
Instructor
#16 Old 2nd Jun 2011 at 12:59 PM
Thank you so much! This has proved useful today! THANKS
Field Researcher
#17 Old 30th Oct 2011 at 2:20 PM
Thanks Cat!Now I don't need to worry about those horrible seams that appear on some models after smoothing!
Test Subject
#18 Old 25th Apr 2012 at 12:04 PM
Default I tried to download but could not
this looks like One I could use
but when I tried it said I did not have permission on the mts site
to download from them
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