I can honestly say writing DAM gives me great joy. And there is no related joy bigger than announcing a new major release! So here come the goose bumps…
Announcing the release of DAM 3.0!
Here are a few pics of some action from fields and models that are included with version 3.0.
Fog and Ocean
You’ll find several major new features in DAM Version 3.0, including depth based Fog, and an ocean to surround your flying fields. The visuals have never been sweeter.
Night and Day
You will also find two new procedural sky levels, sun and moon. Using them you can choose an image to represent them in the flying field, along with the size and speed of their movement. When you choose to use them, the global lights move along with them. Shadows grow and shrink as the sun moves. And when the sun goes below the horizon, night falls. It is definitely fun to battle the enemy at night.
Enemy with Attitude
While working, I also gave the air based enemy (air autonomous objects) a little artificial intelligence. They now know where your aircraft is, and periodically turn aggressive! Their behavior is often unexpected, and will put a smile on your face. As I was developing the logic for the AO’s I realized this is the future of air warfare. It’s so obvious. An unmanned aircraft can perform maneuvers with a G-force far greater than a pilot can stand. This simple fact means the drones of the future are destined to fly combat. As I wrote the code, I realized I could transfer it to reality with only a modest amount of work. If i can do it in my office, you know the big boys are already working on it. Gives you pause, doesn’t it? Especially if you’re a combat pilot!
Perhaps the best news of all, DAM Version 3.0 will work with your DAM 2.0 license. Just uninstall your version 2.x, download the new version and install it. The new version will find your old key.
I’ll write a blog article about each of the new features in DAM Version 3.0 over the next few weeks. As the articles are published, I’ll send an email to those of you who have asked to be kept informed. If you haven’t asked, please do so on the keep informed web page.
Download DAM Version 3.0 today from the download page on the website.
Good Digital Modeling!
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