FLYING SAUCERS 101
INTRO STEPS: | setup | start modelling | moving around | materials | lathing | extruding | ray guns |
RENDERING PICTURES: scenes | lighting | rendering | cameras |
tips | polycount | evaluation

Exercises: Blueprint | Flying Saucer Poster | Flying Saucer Movie | Spaceship | Pumpkin


Anim8or Setup
anim8or_logo01.jpg

Resources - get Anim8or up and running!

  • Download the latest version of the Anim8or program by clicking the appropriate link (or sometimes use a RIGHT mouseclick and use "Save Link As") to put it on your P: Drive. You MAY have to drag a copy to your D: drive to make it run.
  • is the latest version - It has a darker background that doesn't match the tutorials in this wiki, but all the controls work the same way. Anim8or 0.98 is a little older - it was the version these tutorials were based on.

ANIM8OR v1.00 differences
  • Tapping the ALT key toggles ARC-ROTATE mode
  • X-Y-Z can be toggled using the RIGHT mouse button
  • Point-Line-Face can be toggled with the RIGHT mouse button
The steps on this page need only be run once. If you have problems later on, you can always use this page as a reference and double check that the settings are still in place
    • Then Locate the downloaded ZIP file and RIGHT mouseclick it to EXTRACT ALL files

If the Anim8or.exe file doesn't open, you might have to RIGHT mouseclick it, open it''s properties

Look for the COMPATIBILITY tab and CHECK the "Run this program in compatibilty mode" for Windows XP
    • NOTE - Windows may warn you that this could be a "Dangerous file" and offer to discard it - click the little downward arrow and KEEP the file
      (OR download and UNZIP the latest version from Anim8or.com (v0.97beta - 2MB)
    • The online manual is your best resource if you have any questions about the terms used in the tutorials. Consult it when you're ready to learn more than
    • what this wiki has to offer.

Try using ANIM8OR NOW
If it's working for you, you can begin modelling.

If things don't seem to be working properly, you might want to double check the settings below

Setup Tips
Shown here are the best "default" settings for you to use this tutorial. Check your copy of Anim8or to see that the settings are turned on properly
Anim8or_Setup01.png
Use the dropdown menu and locate
FILE | CONFIGURE UI

Toggle the settings as shown here
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Use the dropdown menu and locate
OPTIONS

Be sure "Tool Tips" is onAnim8or_Setup_tips.png. This will display the name of whatever tool you're hovering over in the bottom left corner of the window
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Use the dropdown menu and locate
VIEW - PREFERENCES

IF you are creating ANIMATIONS, limiting the playback framerate can help. Match the settings shown here.
Anim8or_Setup-Mode.png
CHOOSE the correct Anim8or Mode from the control panel

Your panel must match the settings you see here:

  1. OBJECT edit mode
  2. ALL AXES (X Y and Z) enabled
  3. SCREEN Coordinates is the default reference for rotation

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION

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