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    [disc] 3d rotating globe in flash

    I'm not sure if this is a "disc" or a "help" or whatever it should be.

    I have an evil project in mind for the future, but in order to maximize it, I'd need to have a 3d rotating globe (not necessarily *the* globe).

    I was wondering if any of the vets have done anything remotely similar to this and whether or not they had any success?

    Eventually I'd like to be able to do some limited zooming, but also to be able to rotate and move around the globe. The globe itself wouldn't need to be complex. Basic colors would be grand (not sure if textured would even be possible).

    So, any gut reactions?
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    Think you should realy need a 3D-programm for this, something like Swift 3D can do the job. It'll be too complex to draw the whole thing.

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    I honestly can't be sure, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't be doable.
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    well,iŽve seen a few things in that kind,but Saphua is right,iŽd go for a prerendered version done in swift,max or another tool,too.
    in Flash the max you could achieve would be a sphere made up of a few quadratic shapes,so rather blocky.
    you could apply flat shading to it but it wouldnŽt look that nice at the end and would still be a performance hugger.
    So youŽd either have to go for fake 3d or end up with a flat shaded blocky thing noone would recognise as globe.
    Doing a globe (or generally spheric object) in 3d is a performance heavy task,even for plugins with hardware acceleration (as a sphere has to be made up of many small triangles to give it a smooth spherical look),so in flash,which is not made for 3d its even more unfeasable
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    Hah.. I want to tackle it now just to show you guys its possible.

    Well, maybe not right now, but sometime.
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    ok,coolies (puts the 'perfectly round,smoothly rotating textured globe done in flash' on his "what to do with flash 8" list..)

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    Textured? No.

    True 3d sphere? No.

    A 3d rotating sphere that *appears* to be totally smooth? Yes.
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    Originally posted by sand858
    Textured? No.

    True 3d sphere? No.

    A 3d rotating sphere that *appears* to be totally smooth? Yes.
    If there's no texture, then wouldn't it just look like a block-coloured circle? Now the problem is easy Interesting concept though. Is it somewhat similar to the game Populus, where you can see the curvature of the globe, and zoom in/out? That would be very unique in flash I think.

    Good luck though!
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    no time to look for the link but check the forums at bit-101.com - (possibly in the showcase section) it has been done before with AS

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    i've seen it done with the real globe with masking, and i thought they'd done it with scripting, just the picture they had was spot on

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    Originally posted by sand858
    Textured? No.

    True 3d sphere? No.

    A 3d rotating sphere that *appears* to be totally smooth? Yes.
    oh,sorry,well,in case youŽre not after a real 3d thing,then just go to the movie section and type globe,there are lots of animated 3d looking globes there.
    to token: yeah,i rmember that thingy,too (donŽt remember the url though),and andre made something similar,too:
    http://www.andre-michelle.com/studies/geosphere.htm

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    Pretty sweet. Thanks tomsamson.
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    So purdy!
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    Originally posted by tomsamson
    andre made something similar,too:
    http://www.andre-michelle.com/studies/geosphere.htm
    I was bored... check attached image :-)
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    Hi. I have a suggestion. You can make a circle, then turn it into a mask, and then get a atlas picture and have it scroll in the mask. You can use actionscripts to pinpoint the frames on where you want it to stop or go to. It might sound confusing, but give it a try.
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    Chances are I'd use a combination of the masking technique along with actually projecting polygons to give it the spherical shape, but also give it a realistic 3d feel.

    I don't know if it would work, but some of the stuff people post above makes me think it would.
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    that globe is pretty amazing.

    this, on the other hand, is not amazing at all: http://www.evilbastard.org/slight/deadlikeme/

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    Do you think it would be possible to make a globe like that and fill in the "water" then add links ONTO the globe? This Site
    Last edited by Ineffable; 12-26-2004 at 11:29 PM.
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    this, on the other hand, is not amazing at all: http://www.evilbastard.org/slight/deadlikeme/
    i think it's pretty cool actually. i couldn't do it at any rate!!!

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