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CGI and TW

Hi All

I'm a long time user of TW products and like the new additions coming in. I have a new project with a real estate renovation company. I already do their vt's floor plans and stills but now they have asked if I can do some sort of CGI images. Basically they renovate old properties and want to show how the property "could" look after their work to help sell the house.
I have never done any AutoCAD work so dont have the software and think it may be way over the top for what I need. Is there any other software out there that any of you have experience with. I'm looking for something that will produce a still image of a room for which I will already have a photo and dimensions. For example a kitchen shown with new units, cooker, painted walls in a different colour, floor coverings etc.
The ability to produce a "fly thru" is not necessary but would be a bonus and also something that I could tie in with a Tourweaver VT would be good.
I am relatively quick to learn and am pretty tech savvy but as usual dont have an enormous budget for new software, but am willing to spend a few hundred if its the right product.
I did think about trying with photoshop (which I already have) but reckon it would be way too time consuming as it's not really designed for that sort of thing.

Thanks in advance
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Hi Crafty,

What comes to my mind is Sketchup. I have used this before and might be what you're after. There is a feature called Photo Match where you can draw out the photo. These youtube videos might help explain better. Link1 Link2

Hope this is useful.

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Waow !
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Thanks Willie - I'll take a look right now!
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Nice Willie, will try this feature of google sketchup.

BTW, Crafty, if you do 3d models for floor plans, it's a good thing to keep them. Might be usefull for the future. I experimented a bit on putting 3d models on a google map. Take a look here:
http://www.virtualivizija.lt/en/google-maps
The last example: move and rotate google maps around to see a 3d model combined with maps in action.

Also, like Crafty, i experimented on exporting already created house 3d model to the spherical image map (usual stitched image). Didn't succeed to get a good result in a short time, but i saw that 3d studio max can import autocad project and also can create panorama image. Didn't try it though.
If someone knows how to do it the right way, it would be nice to read :)

Best wishes,
Madmux
My Tourweaver components: http://www.optitecha.lt/categories/3
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Madmux
Great ideas - i especially like the Daugirdas Hotel vt you have done. How did you produce the page turning effect menu/wine list if I may ask?

Cheers
Crafty
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I guess that the page turning effect is made with a pageflip application and embed in tw as swf.
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Arnaud is right. I found in internet open source page flip (also it is called flipping book) Flex (actionscript) project, recoded to suit my needs, embedded all the graphics (so that it could work also in exe) and compiled evrything to .swf application.
You might look in internet for appropriate solutions (googling for some "flipping book swf creator" or similar), also you may contact me (i'll search that code) if you would like to do it my way.

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Madmux
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For anyone interested I have found a very good free open source program to generate images. Very easy to use and produces nice images with sunlight/lighting/reflections and effects etc.
After a few hours play I managed to produce something like
this image
Also it can generate a fly through
But more importantly to me it also creates spherical images suitable for direct input to TW so you can make a tour like this
Good for doing a before and after!

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Crafty ... any idea of the name of that famous product ... ??? [;)]

Dominique


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DOH! It's Sweet Home 3D