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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hi,

Just wanted to share with you my last project - AquaSketch
It's a nice tool designed to help you with your aquascaping - by making a sketch of your plans.

It's only the first version and it's going to improve, so please tell me what you think and make any comments or suggestions.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply!

maybe you could use real photos of the plants.
or add a few hardscape things.
I don't think real photos will look good.
I am thinking of adding rocks, roots and maybe filter-pipes and air-stone.

Some way of undoing after adding each plant might be good
it'd be nice if you could add plants right up to edges of the glass.
To remove a pot - ctrl+click on the pot in the map.
As for the edges - I'm aware of that problem, the idea was to prevent plants from poping out the sides of the aquarium.
If you use a smaller plant you can add pots more close to the edges.

Possibly have a feature to adjust the placement , other than to remove and replace.
Good idea....It requires a 'Select' mechanism - I'll think about it in the next version.

Thanks for all the compliments :oops:
 

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Wow, I wasn't expecting such great replies - It's nice to hear you like it.

zQ. I'm not sure I understand you. What do you mean by 'layout material'?

As for rocks and wood - I'm having some trouble finding the right images.
Any help with that will be great (preferably paintings - not photos).
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Copyrights to tropica - Done :)

What do you mean by adding plants in 3d? do you mean like floating in the middle? why would you want that?
 

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This is really cool man. Than You.

I agree with everyone that if it had the ability to add wood and rocks it would be awesome.

I'm going to use this to plan my new tank. Thanks again.
Anyone got any links to good images of rocks and wood?
 

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Well - if you want to have a way to put plants on rocks and driftwood or add height to the scape - like anubias on wood/rock and plants planted heigher than others - then you need to have that function - and in order to create debth you need height - also you might want to have a substrate that has some slooping...
It would be great if we could plant on rocks or have slooping. Unfortunetly, I think it's too complicated for that simple tool.
Maybe in the version after the next one :D
 

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I knew that someone would do that one day.
It will be a very very useful tool in the later versions I believe.
Do you want some pics to add into your database?
If so, please PM to me the resolution, size, type of plants or any other feature of the pictures which are required and/or missing.
Rotala macrandra, Ammania gracilis, for example, are the ones that I could not have found in the list.

By the way, not for the plants maybe, but it is very important for the rock and driftwood composition to make them turn around itself, and even to sketch them by the help of a few click. I believe that the width of the tank is not perceived correctly at some points of the perspective while orbiting. Is it due to the location of focal point of the perspective? What do you think?

Thank you for your great effort and sharing with us! Very good tool for aquascaping planning. Looking forward to using the later versions.
Thanks alot for your comments!

Any help with pictures will be great! I'll PM you later (when I get home... probably in the weekend). I think I mostly need more rocks and driftwood.

Rotating the rocks... how didn't I think of it? That's a good idea (and not so difficult to implement).
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by sketching the rocks...

There is no perspective. maybe that's the problem... I don't really see what you mean. Anyone else noticed that?
 

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Letting the user to sketch the rocks sounds very complicated and not that necessary.
My goal was to develop a small and simple tool.
There is still some work to be done but I don't think I'm going to add more and more features that are not essential to the aquascape (for example, someone suggested me to provide more information about the plants... nice idea but I decided not to add it.

Version 2.0 will mostly include:

* A way to share your designs with your friends on the forum.
* Substrate.
* Hopefully, a more user-friendly inteface.
* more plants, rocks and wood.
* Fish???
 

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I have just released version 2.0 of my little flash tool - AquaSketch

Well, it doesn't include all that I hoped (and promised), but it does include one important feature: You can now share your aquascape plannings!
I also added a few more plants, rocks and woods - which I'm going to continue.

Here are two examples of my first tries with the new saving feature:
Aquascape #1 - my small tank
Aquascape #2 - my big tank

Go ahead! experiment your aquascapes and... share.
Enjoy, ...and Let me know if you have any problems...
 

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Discussion Starter · #50 ·
That's great kakoii :thumbsup:
But the whole point of my last post was that people will start using the new place - AquaTools.com
I'm about to shut down the old one.
 

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Wow, I love seeing you are having fun... it makes me feel so good :cool:
Nice work kakkoii. I think I like your last one best - it's going to the "Sketch Of The Day" (the front page).
 

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Hi, foofooree I can't find your sketch... are you sure it was "mountains"?
Anyway, you gave me an idea - I should create a list of all sketchs, so that people could find a sketch by name...
 
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