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Ca3D-Engine 8.09 released - source code licenses available!

Post by Carsten » 2008-09-02, 16:54

:arrow: NEW! Ca3D-Engine source code licenses now available! See below! :arrowl:
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Following a great and successful Games Convention 2008 in Leipzig, Germany, we've doubled our efforts in order to complete the latest release of the Ca3D-Engine:
Version 8.09 (September 2008) is ready for download now!
The demo downloads for Windows and Linux are available at the Downloads page. They include the live demos, the Ca3DE World Editor CaWE and all tools to make new maps, as well as C++ sample source code and the scripts of the DeathMatch sample game.
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The latest 8.09 version implements a huge number of improvements and usability enhancements to the Ca3DE World Editor "CaWE", the powerful and easy-to-use world editor that is shipped with the demo releases and makes the creation of new worlds for the Ca3D-Engine convenient and easy. We've brought all our experiences and all feed-back since the previous release into the new version in order to provide you with the best CaWE mapping experience ever.

The full change log is too detailed this time to be reproduced, but can be called up here. It includes an entirely rewritten and now graphics-driver independent "picking" (object selection and manipulation by left mouse button clicks in the 3D views) feature; enhancements to the Selection, New Terrain, Edit Terrains, Carve and New Light tools; new default textures (two grass, sand and rock) for terrains; and many more.
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Even better, Carsten Fuchs Software, the developers of the Ca3D-Engine, are now offering :arrow: full source-code licenses :arrowl: for the Ca3D-Engine! Licenses are available for
  • students
  • independent developers
  • professional studios
  • educational institutes
All licenses are reasonably priced so that also students and independent developers can use the Ca3D-Engine: The Standard License can be purchased for $325 (USD), students receive up to 50% discount.

All licenses include the full source code for the Ca3D-Engine, the 3D World Editor "CaWE", all libraries, all tools and the DeathMatch sample game. For each license, the price includes free access to all future updates!

For evaluation, our live demos for Windows and Linux include the Ca3D-Engine, the 3D World Editor "CaWE", all tools for making new worlds, the source code of the DeathMatch sample game, and all scripts. Even more sample source code for evaluation can be found in the Licensing FAQs.

For more details on obtaining a Ca3DE source code license, the available license types, FAQs about licensing and online order forms, please see the new Licensing Overview web page.
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Carsten
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Re: Ca3D-Engine 8.09 released - source code licenses available!

Post by scott » 2008-09-02, 17:43

Wow thats a pretty good deal $325 for full source and unlimited use. I hope this attracts some serious interest. :shock:
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Re: Ca3D-Engine 8.09 released - source code licenses available!

Post by Carsten » 2008-09-03, 09:20

Hi Scott,
scott wrote:Wow thats a pretty good deal $325 for full source and unlimited use. I hope this attracts some serious interest. :shock:
thanks for the first feed-back! :-)

We've always seen plenty of interest before, and I think that with the new licensing program, we're now making an attractive and interesting offer.
The licenses have intentionally been reasonably priced, so that also students, single developers and small teams can work with the Ca3D-Engine. :up:
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Post by Thrawn » 2008-09-03, 10:16

Congrats to the release and the licencing program. Great deal! Great release! Great step into a better future :D
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Re: Ca3D-Engine 8.09 released - source code licenses available!

Post by Carsten » 2008-09-08, 13:41

Thanks, Thrawn!! :-)
Here is the related official press announcement for the new release and source code licenses:

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Ca3D-Engine: New release available!            http://www.Ca3D-Engine.de
September 2008                                  CarstenFuchs@T-Online.de
========================================================================

  Dear Sirs,

  a new version of the Ca3D-Engine has just been released at the project
  website at http://www.Ca3D-Engine.de. The Ca3D-Engine is a modern game
  engine and game development kit with 3D real-time graphics and multi-
  player network support for Windows and Linux.

  Following a great and successful Games Convention 2008 fair in
  Leipzig, Germany, we've doubled our efforts to finish the latest
  release: The new version implements many significant enhancements and
  usability improvements for the Ca3DE World Editor "CaWE".

  Moreover, we're now offering full Ca3D-Engine source code licenses!

  Licenses are available for students, independent developers,
  professional studios and universities. All licenses are reasonably
  priced and include all future updates at no additional cost.

  More details about our new licensing program and the new release are
  presented below and at

    http://www.ca3d-engine.de/news


  Contents of this letter:

  1. What is the Ca3D-Engine?  (A brief introduction.)
  2. New features in this release
  3. Further information and contact



========================================================================
1. What is the Ca3D-Engine?
========================================================================

  The Ca3D-Engine is an all-purpose, modern 3D graphics engine and game
  development kit for Windows and Linux.

  It can be used to create a variety of 3D applications, including
  games, simulations, and training and architectural software.

  The Ca3D-Engine includes a comfortable 3D world editor and all tools
  to make new worlds.

  Its main features include

    + high-quality, real-time 3D graphics,
    + a very powerful and flexible material system,
    + cross-platform and cross-compiler portability,
    + multi-player network support,
    + physically correct lighting (radiosity based),
    + dynamic per-pixel lighting and shadows,
    + 3D sound effects, skeleton based model rendering,
    + very large terrain rendering,
    + scripting language support,
    + live demos come with 3D editor, tools and sample source code,
    + and easy extensibility by code and Lua scripts.

  For a more detailed feature list please refer to
  http://www.ca3d-engine.de/features



========================================================================
2. New features in this release
========================================================================

  Starting with the 8.09 (September 2008) release, we offer full source
  code lisenses for the Ca3D-Engine. Licenses are available for

    * students
    * independent developers
    * professional studios
    * educational institutes

  All licenses are reasonably priced so that also students and
  independent developers can use the Ca3D-Engine: The Standard License
  can be purchased for $325 (USD), students receive up to 50% discount.

  All licenses include the full source code for the Ca3D-Engine, the 3D
  World Editor "CaWE", all libraries, all tools and the DeathMatch
  sample game. For each license, the price includes free access to all
  future updates!

  For evaluation, our live demos for Windows and Linux at
  http://www.ca3d-engine.de/downloads include the Ca3D-Engine, the 3D
  World Editor "CaWE", all tools for making new worlds, the source code
  of the DeathMatch sample game, and all scripts. Even more sample
  source code for evaluation can be found in the Licensing FAQs at
  http://www.ca3d-engine.de/wiki/licensing:faqs

  Find more details about the new Ca3D-Engine licensing program at
    http://www.ca3d-engine.de/licensing


  Program changes in the new 8.09 release mostly affect the 3D World
  Editor "CaWE": We've implemented all suggestions for improvement since
  the previous release, as well as a huge number of usability
  enhancements. The changes include an entirely rewritten and now
  graphics-driver independent "picking" (object selection and
  manipulation by left mouse button clicks in the 3D views) feature;
  enhancements to the Selection, New Terrain, Edit Terrains, Carve and
  New Light tools; new default textures (two grass, sand and rock) for
  terrains; and many more.

  Full details about the new release (including screen-shots) are
  available at http://www.ca3d-engine.de/news



========================================================================
3. Further information and contact
========================================================================

  For further and more detailed information about the Ca3D-Engine,
  please visit the official website at

    http://www.ca3d-engine.de

  The website has a detailed feature list, many high-res screen-shots
  and of course a download page where the latest demo and game
  development kit are available.

  If you have questions, problems or comments, you're heartily invited
  to join the Ca3DE discussion forums or the IRC channel, see
  http://www.ca3d-engine.de/forum/ for the details.

  You can also contact the author of Ca3DE directly by sending email to
  Carsten Fuchs at

  CarstenFuchs@T-Online.de
Best regards,
Carsten
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Re: Ca3D-Engine 8.09 released - source code licenses available!

Post by Carsten » 2008-09-08, 18:21

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Quick and reliable as ever: Barely half an hour passed since we sent out the announcement mails when the great folks at gamershell.com already got the new package mirrored - our sincere thanks!

Depending on your geographical location, you may prefer to pick up the Ca3DE-8.09.zip file from their mirrors at http://www.gamershell.com/news/59384.html instead of the Ca3DE Download site.
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Re: Ca3D-Engine 8.09 released - source code licenses available!

Post by TMichael » 2008-09-09, 04:17

Hi Carsten,

I've updated your pricing information on GameDeveloperTools.com. Just to confirm, is the demo version available for use with non-commercial games, or is that strictly for evaluation? Currently, I have the non-commercial price updated to $325.

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Post by Carsten » 2008-09-09, 11:02

Dear Tim,

thank you very much for your impressive website and your great efforts! :wohow:

The free demo can indeed be used for free for non-commercial projects [1].
However, the source code that is included with the demo is only for evaluation and doesn't compile by itself. Instead, the demo includes all the binaries like the world editor, the tools, the scripts and the engine, and is thus suitable for small non-commercial projects.
The source-code is only available under one of the licenses, so maybe you can list both "free" and $325 ?

[1] I just realize that this is nowhere clearly stated, thanks for pointing it out!
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Post by TMichael » 2008-09-09, 15:00

Thanks Carsten! I will list both prices under Non Commercial. The listing should be updated by the time you read this.

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Post by afecelis » 2008-09-19, 00:36

Congrats Carsten! :D

I'm glad to see your engine evolving in such a great way. It's a totally-pro product. That price for a full source code license is a bargain! Keep it up. I'm downloading and testing 8.09 right now to see the new stuff in action.

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Post by afecelis » 2008-09-19, 01:59

wow Carsten! wow! Is all I can say! :D

I loved to see the usual maps from previous versions running fast and stable with all the engine's updates, but I had never seen the tech demo! This is the real essence of the new Ca3de! WOW and triple wow! :shock: :shock: :shock:

And I was likewise impressed by Cawe. You and your team really took Tread3d to a whole new level in which is almost impossible to see any resemblance with the original code.

I must congratulate everyone on the team, you guys deserve all the best. Now I want to give the Linux verison a ride! ;)

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Post by Carsten » 2008-09-19, 18:28

Dear Alvaro,

wow, it's great to hear from you after this long time!!! :wohow:
Thank you very much four feed-back about the new release, it's great to hear you like it!

We're in fact already working on the next version a lot, and while I don't want to give the details away too early, we can already say that a true physics engine will be integrated into the game code (finally we will get properly falling crates and barrels, properly sync'ed over the network!), and that CaWE will undergo more very significant enhancements, e.g. a new "GUI editor" will be added for the 2D and 3D in-game GUIs, a "New Font" wizard for the GUIs is already finished, and the user interface and many underlying concepts will much be improved and modernized. :up:

Please let us know if the Linux version worked for you as well - any feedback is always very welcome! :cheesy:
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