I wonder how many of us are subscribed to this forum and will be notified of this post… There’s a “Subscribe” option in the upper-right corner of the page, which I’d encourage all beta testers to choose. Things have been pretty quiet here, and with AxoTools development in general, for quite a while, but now issues from AI 25.3 are addressed along with support for AI 26. Overdue bug fixes are in progress, and we should see betas again soon with new features.
Here’s the status of planned updates, not necessarily in this order:
- Live extruding in the Transformations panel is a priority. Ron Kempke is testing some new formulas that should give more reliable results for compound rotations.
- Gradients in shaded extruded objects will be revisited. There are some aspects of implementing it that are “challenging” but it looks promising. I’ll go into that in more detail later.
- The axonometric measure tool for projected angles and foreshortened distances will appear soon, in part because there are no technical hurdles to implementing it! It’s also related to calculating the projection of a skewed surface in an existing axonometric view, so it may be combined with a panel for auxiliary projections. I’ll post more on this soon — your input on what approaches are intuitive and easy to use are important!
Thanks — Rick