3D plant creators:
OnyxGRASS is the first ever dedicated parametric modeler for grasses. The modeler creates a wide variety of decorative grasses, wild grasses, and grass covers and it comes with the library of ready-to-use grasses and grass covers. As is the case with all our modelers, this modeler has a well structured, intuitive interface, easy to understand and especially so by all those who are visually inclined.
What is new in OnyxGRASS
New features are: 3D terrain import and spreading grass over that surface, expanded cross modeling of cylindrical grass elements, cross modeling of florets, multi-material option for modeling leaves, modeling caps option on cylindrical elements, maximum lengths and widths are increased, there are additional fractional value sliders, line drawing option, mouse wheel feature, uninterrupted drawing, offscreen drawing option, set exact main window size, and 64-bit addressing.
Fast procedural modeling
OnyxGRASS is a procedural modeler. This means that the computer does the modeling by following the procedures that are built into the software. The procedural modeling is extremely fast and enables the creation of most complex 3D objects which otherwise could not be built. The user controls the modeling process via parameters which are, in effect, 3D object descriptors.
Numerous parameters for modeling control and detail
Parameters are indispensable part of any procedural modeler. The choice and number of parameters affects greatly the quality and range of modeled objects. OnyxGRASS has numerous parameters on your disposal. These parameters control the lengths, widths, angles, curvatures, and many other attributes of principal grass elements. By adjusting different parameters, you can change the topological and geometrical characteristics of particular grass and affect its polygonal count.
Spread grass over imported 3D terrain
OnyxGRASS 2 can import 3D terrain as OBJ file and spread grass over that surface. Such grass area can be exported out as 3D object to fit the original terrain. See the movies below.
Extremely well thought-out user interface
All the available parameters in OnyxGRASS, and there are hundreds of them, are carefully structured in logical groups so that you can navigate through without ever getting lost. Extremely well thought-out user interface makes you feel in control at all times. The Tutorials that come with the package will help you get a good grasp of the interface logic. And, this will be all you need to start creating your own grasses with confidence.
Help bar for each and every interface control
OnyxGRASS has a Help bar at the bottom of the main window which displays functional description of each and every interface control, e.g. slider, check box, button. If you need an explanation for a particular parameter, for example, you will position the mouse on the corresponding parameter button and the description will appear on the Help bar. You will find the Help bar very convenient and effective for getting information when needed, and much more efficient than referencing the manual would be.
Fast, non RAM-dependent rendering
OnyxGRASS has a proprietary rendering engine developed by Onyx Computing to, specifically, suit the requirements of procedural modeling. Firstly, procedural modeling is fast, so it needs fast rendering engine. In addition, interfacing with the procedural modeler requires fluidity which can only be accomplished in a non RAM-dependent modeling environment. Therefore, procedural modeling is non RAM-dependent modeling and it requires non RAM-dependent rendering. Most of today's rendering engines operate on 3D object data that sits in RAM, i.e. renderers are RAM-dependent which means: the larger the data, the bigger the RAM requirements. Such RAM dependency can lead you into troubles when rendering complex scenes. OnyxGRASS rendering engine, on the other hand, is non RAM-dependent which means that it can render an object of any size without ever increasing RAM requirements. So, when rendering in OnyxGRASS, you do not have to ever think about RAM, all you need to think about is the grass you are set to create.
Step-by-step tutorials included
OnyxGRASS comes with tutorials that cover pretty much all aspects of the software. The tutorials will teach you how to create your own grasses and grass covers, how to apply the color or texture to grass parts, how to lower the number of polygons on a particular grass, and how to export grass image as a BMP or TGA file. As you are following step-by-step tutorial instructions, you will get a good grasp of the user interface logic which will be all you need to start using the software with ease. And the complementary diagrams with all the grass parts will give you necessary botanical knowledge to start creating your own grasses with confidence.
OnyxGRASS comes with OnyxGRASS Library - a collection of already created grasses ready to use, modify, and expand upon. The grasses are shown below. What you see on the images is what you get, including texture-maps where applicable. Click on the caption to see a larger image.
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