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Type of Program: 3D Graphics Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
Company Name: VisibilityZero
Version: 1.0
Price: $24.99
Installed Size: 16MB


Normally when I look at any program for a review I will spend as much time as needed. Depending on the program's complexity I can easily spend weeks if not months looking at any given program "before" I actually write the review (I never just glance over a program just so I can say that I can write about it). When I first saw TREEmagik I thought that I would have to spend several weeks looking at it before I could begin writing about it. This time I was wrong.

TREEmagik will be a useful program if you like programming, and more precisely, programming in 3D using BlitzBasic 3D. If you do program there might come a time when you will need to use trees in the background. TREEmagik lets you create many types of 3D trees (that are high-detail and low poly) which you can easily drop anywhere within your program. As a bonus for BlitzBasic 3D users, TREEmagik can save your final tree(s) in the B3D format for easy insertion! With this software package you not only have the option of saving your tree in the B3D format (B3D is used primarily in BlitzBasic 3D), but you can also save them in the .X format (DirectX) so if you have an .X Editor you can take that tree even further! Plans are in the works to be able to save in 3DS, W3D and DXF formats as well.

So how do you design your tree in TREEmagik? You select your trunk, the type of "foliage" you want on your tree, select the pre-designed photo realistic textures for both the trunk and foliage. Once that is done you can then adjust many attributes for your trunk and/or the foliage. There are seven buttons that you can use to tweak/create your tree but you'll normally only use six of them, and it only takes five to actually create a tree. You can even set its transparency! TREEmagik comes with an assorted flavor of trunks as well as pre-designed foliage. You then select which types of trunks and foliage you want and presto, just like "magic" you have your tree!

TREEmagik makes a programmer's job that much easier (and fun). For best results when using Windows 2000 I suggest that you tweak the "settings.ini" file and set it to full-screen or else the cursor is hard to maneuver. Otherwise the next time you need some trees scattered around your 3D game, try TREEmagik out first before doing it the hard way.

User Friendly
Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Robert Hall

Purchases can be made online from their Web site.

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