"Links to some very cool tools, files and software "
Design your own custom maps & modifications for Sins of a Solar Empire with the the Forge Tools. This package contains tools used by the development team to create maps & other content included with the game. It includes the Galaxy and Particle Forge tools
This Link is to Harpo's post on the Sins forum. There you can find downloads to all of his awesome tools.
Foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats. This program can also convert files to different formats.
This editor can record and play sounds and import and export WAV, AIFF, MP3, and OGG files. Edit your sounds using cut, copy, and paste features (with unlimited undo functionality), mix tracks, or apply effects to your recordings. The program also has a built-in amplitude-envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode, and a frequency-analysis window for audio-analysis applications. Built-in effects include bass boost, wah wah, and noise removal, and the program also supports VST plug-in effects.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It is a powerful piece of software with capabilities not found in any other free software product. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo-retouching program, an online batch-processing system, a mass production image renderer, or an image-format converter. GIMP is modular, expandable, and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image-manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
Blender features a laundry list of animation essentials that can be broken down into categories: Interface, Modeling, Rigging, Rendering, Animation, UV Unwrapping, Shading, Physics and Particles, Imaging and Compositing, and Real Time 3D/Game Creation. The interface, though loaded with complicated tools, is remarkable for neither obscuring nor interfering with the image being worked on. A brief sampling of tools and functions includes 3D paint for vertex weighing, polygon meshes, 2D and 3D procedural brushes, edge rendering, textures, collision simulation, and support for around two dozen 2D and 3D file formats. Extras can be added with Python scripting, and since it's open source, many scripts can be easily found for download in the user forums.
Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot. Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped.Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560x1600 with custom frame rates from 10 to 120 frames per second!
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.
This tool allows you to resize a sins mesh in text format.
REFERENCE FILES & FILE CONVERTING
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A powerful 3D polygon model translation and interactive viewing shareware tool that allows arbitrary 3D model data to be imported from external sources, exported to various industry standard 3D file formats with great accuracy and quality. The program supports 660 file formats including Sins of a Solar Empire meshes. Rebellion meshes can be viewed in either bin or text format.
VIDEO AND PICTURE CAPTURE
Softimage Mod Tool 7.5 is tailored for aspiring game artists to get started with professional tools to help create 3D characters, props, levels and animation for games.
150+ original free 3D models available on the server for download. All models can be freely used in any personal or commercial project.