After a total rebuild and a whole lot of tweaking and testing, version 2.0 of The Heron's Nest is a go! Rather than deliver it only to mailing list subscribers, we've decided to open it up to everyone for download, absolutely free. Get your copy here: http://iblueyonder.com/portfolio/the-herons-nest/ And here's a sampler...
The hottest buzzword in 3D rendering and gaming at the moment is PBR, short for physically-based rendering. It's a deep, highly wonky topic, but at a high level is basically an attempt to re-create how light plays over real-world surfaces using mathematical formulas and sets of texture maps. For any given material you could have, [...]
It's that time again. We're preparing a new version of the Heron's Nest for release, and find ourselves in need of around five more beta testers. Ideal testers would: Own more than one version of the sim - targets include the original FSX/Acceleration, FSX Steam Edition, and Prepar3D v1, 2, or 3. Have previous testing experience (not [...]
Every once in a while, I still get that wow factor from flight simming. You know the feeling; where just for a moment, you forget all about software, tweaks, and settings and are just... there. Lately, I've had a whole bunch of those moments. Granted, using an Oculus Rift VR headset has provided a whole [...]
In the last Heron's Nest update, I said all that was left was to add a staircase from the top of the island leading down to the float hangar. So, here you go... With that out of the way, it's time to move on to testing. I'm looking for about 5 testers to check out [...]
Amidst the flood of paying work lately (and mind you, I'm not complaining), I've managed to squeeze in a few hours here and there to push the Heron's Nest towards completion. There were two things left on my mental list that had to be checked off before I could move to final testing and installer: [...]
Here we are, smack-dab in the middle of July. If you signed up for the mailing list in the hope of receiving the Heron's Nest scenery right about now, you're probably wondering where it is. When I made the announcement about it, it looked like the scenery was just about ready for final testing. Then [...]
Everything in life is a balancing act, it seems, and nothing more so than the so-called "career" of a self-employed freelancer. For every new project that crops up, time has to be taken away from other pursuits. Things that start off with a bang can fizzle under the weight of obligations, roadblocks, and just plain [...]
Hallelujah! Finally, after dinking around with it for weeks, I've basically completed the main terminal at Nantucket Memorial Airport. I say basically, because even as I watched this batch of screenshots rendering, I realized that there were a few things I meant to fix and/or add before the final. Maybe we need an ice bucket [...]
The modeling of the north side of the field is nearly complete! I've been dialing in a group of buildings, including the checkerboard "Nantucket" hangar. Next stop: the main terminal.