Softimage SPDL Syntax Highlighter

By , September 15, 2014 2:26 pm

Version 1 Released September 15, 2014

Softimage SPDL Syntax Highlighting in Notepad++

Softimage SPDL Syntax Highlighting in Notepad++

I would like to present a new Notepad++, TextWrangler, and BBEdit syntax highlighting module that works with Softimage SPDL files. The new modules make it easier for a VFX artist or technical director to edit an SPDL document with an external text editor, and this can speed up your development process.

This project was created to help with my ongoing activities in porting fulldome lens shaders to run with Mental Ray and Arnold in Softimage and I hope other people find it useful too.

Download

The Softimage SPDL Syntax Highlighter module is a free download.

You can download the latest version on GitHub here:

https://github.com/AndrewHazelden/Softimage-SPDL-Syntax-Highlighter/

Exploring Coves in West Dover Using Sidescan Sonar

By , September 14, 2014 9:50 am

This month I finally got to achieve a long-term goal of exploring the cove in West Dover using sidescan sonar. In the past I've used dropped underwater cameras and ROVs to explore the underwater area but I've never been able to see more than 10 to 15 feet of the seabed at a time due to underwater murk limiting the visibility.

After a bit of research I discovered the Humminbird 398ci SI sidescan sonar unit. TheĀ 398ci SI is a high quality portable sidescan sonar unit that goes for about $450 on eBay. The unit runs off an external 12 volt battery and records the sidescan soar data to an SD memory card (which is the same type of memory card that is used in digital cameras). It can easily scan a 250 foot wide section of seabed in a single pass and records a continuous GPS record at the same time.

The Humminbird 398ci SI sidescan sonar unit is an entry level model that packs in a lot of features.

The Humminbird 398ci SI sidescan sonar unit is an entry level model that packs in a lot of features.

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