FLOSS Visualisation and Documentation

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Projects in the Architecture, engineering, construction and building operations industry (AECO) have a need for precise and clear visualizations and project documentation.

In the main Software Directory is a list of the most important free/libre/opensource projects for this discipline.

A typical sketching workflow might start with some work on paper or perhaps on the desktop with Inkscape for line work or GIMP/Krita for raster work. If online or collaboration vector sketching is relevant this might be with first-draft or Excalidraw. However the process starts you can end up with some great results before getting started on 3D models. Here a tutorial to work with assistants in Krita. An ideal method for drawing straight lines or circles (perspective drawings, etc.).

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This page gathers additional information about Free/Libre resources for Visualisation and Documentation: Libraries for Rendering, Page layout, Image manipulation, etc.

Textures & Models[edit]

These resources provide textures under a Public Domain / Creative Commons Zero license.

Procedural Textures[edit]

Software FLOSS to generate procedural textures.

  • Material Maker Material Maker is a procedural materials authoring and 3D model painting tool, based on the Godot Engine.
  • NeoTextureEdit Easy to use graph-based procedural seamless texture editor.
  • TextureLab TextureLab is a tool designed to make procedural texture generation fast, simple and free.
  • BlenderInsight Procedural Materials. Free procedural textures for Blender! (*.blend files).

Examples of Workflows[edit]

Software FLOSS used to generate architecture visualisation.

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