August 2012 Archives
I received my monthly copy of Linux Format today and was excited to see Functy featuring in this month’s LXF Hot Picks section. The section covers the latest new Linux software releases, and has a really great description of Functy which, I think, captures the goals of the software perfectly (even if it’s not always able to deliver as I’d like).
The section also lists a bundle of other great open source software to check out, including MusE (music sequencer), Revelation (password manager) and Pax Britannica (game). I’m not sure Functy holds up against this company, but it’s nice to have it featured!
If you’re in the UK I’d recommend Linux Format as a great Linux magazine, even if it didn’t feature Functy in it! If you’ve come here as a new Functy user as a result of reading the article, it’s great to have you here, and please let me know what you think of the software, and how it can be improved.
A parcel arrived from Shapeways recently containing some of the 3D printed ring prototypes I generated using Functy. The models were exported directly from Functy and converted into STY format before being directly uploaded to Shapeways for printing. All based on sine/cosine curves, there’s a flat version, a slightly bulging version and an irregular version. Since Shapeways did such a brilliant job printing the prototypes, the next step is to get them to print them in silver. Click on the links if you fancy having your own printed!
The Functy function files for all of these rings are up in the repository and will be included as example files in the next full release.
After prompting by Tony’s superb gallery of images, I’ve spent a bit of time playing around using Blender to render models created using Functy.
This has also prompted a bit of extra functionality, and I’m hoping it will soon be able to export out multiple models from Functy to support animated functions. Using the current experimental code (there’s no front-end yet, but it’s in the pipeline) I managed to generate a kind of animated mercury whirlpool. It’s up on deviantart, and if you’re happy to wait for the download, please do take a look at the full animated version.