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    This could end up being the ultimate automatic building placer.

    http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/SpecSprayTool

    I haven't played with it yet as there isn;t a windows dev build including it yet, but it seems to include code to automatically remove overlaps as well.

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    You might have to explain why. It looks like a SVG token splatting tool with random orientation and some scaling.

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    It isn't pure random rotation, it looks to be random rotation as a deviation from the path direction. If the distribution curves are flexible enough, it would allow you to semi-randomly spatter non-overlapping buildings on either side of the road (path) that are aligned with the road.

    I want to play with it when it comes out.

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    thats inkskape? damn... that looks like something photoshop would do... just impressed with the combining of shapes into a single path

    I'm liking inkscape quite a bit... only thing i've had some issues with is the lack of palletes..
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    Quote Originally Posted by loogie View Post
    I'm liking inkscape quite a bit... only thing i've had some issues with is the lack of palletes..
    It uses the same palette format as gimp, and there are kajillions of those.

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    While I haven't gotten nice cities out of it yet, when combined with my restack extension it can make a pretty nifty forest:

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    I drew the three trees (using the spray tool with a circle source then union and adding a trunk and shadow plus a little gradient).

    I grouped each tree, then selected the three of them and used the spray tool in clone mode with some size randomization to paint them in.

    Lastly I used the restack extension with a top-to bottom orientation to make the "higher" trees on the page further back in z-order.

    The nifty thing about clone mode is I could modify the three original trees (i.e. change colour) and all the clones I sprayed would also change.

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    Now I gotta learn how to use Inkscape just for forests cuz that looks great.
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    This is very useful. It'll be an excellent tool for pretty much everything where you want something semi-random. Think about star charts, for example. I can also see how you can use this to create some really nifty cave complexes. Can't wait to get my hands on this - and hope they fix the tablet input stuff or I will never touch it

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartmoss View Post
    hope they fix the tablet input stuff or I will never touch it
    ???

    Never had a problem with my tablet (XP, Wacom Graphire 3)

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