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A little update: via a comment I made at Jeroms blog I noticed that someone is using this post to "sell" Waybe. I don't mind, but this means that I have to change a few things in this post.

This piece of software is not freeware: Test it for 15 days, buy it for 49.95 USD


On my post on How to create you own papercraft I got a comment today that is interesting.

So I decided to share this with y'all...
Waybe: Design. Unfold. Print.
Waybe is the fastest and easiest way to design and print 3-D paper models.

Here a little promotional video from youtube:

Its a new (still in beta) plugin for Google Sketchup to unfold the 3d designs you make in it.

But remember this
  • I'm not sure if it's going to be freeware (it doesn't say if it will be in the future)
  • I'm not a promoter for the site (I'm not paid to promote this)
  • I haven't tested it yet (signed up for that)Not tested it.
  • Don't know if it's any good (beta software can crash a lot)Can't say: didn't test it
  • Don't know if they can be trusted!:)
  • Try it at your own risk (beta software can be unpredictable)

But I signed up for testing: they are looking for Beta testers: http://waybe.weebly.com/participate.html
It could be fun!

One of there tutorials:

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Comment by Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck] on December 8, 2008 at 2:23am
A little update: via a comment I made at Jeroms blog I noticed that someone is using this post to "sell" Waybe. I don't mind, but this means that I have to change a few things in this post.

This piece of software is not freeware: Test it for 15 days, buy it for 49.95 USD

Comment by Cubeecraft on April 6, 2008 at 10:07am
Thanks for sharing that looks interesting. So far I've designed all my stuff without the assistance of any 3D programs but I'd like to give it a shot. I signed up for the beta.
Comment by brainjar on April 6, 2008 at 5:49am
Alright, little update on the plugin. I never replied to their strange eMail asking for the phone number, never heard back of them after that either. I realized today they did give people access to the beta version to test it. While some parts of their project looks quite professional, i still am the opinion they haven't dealt with this kind of beta tests before, as the documentation is rather bad, etc.

But well, back to the plugin: After i saw it's being released i looked around a bit...
Check Google to find the download page for the beta plugin. You can install it just normal, but the installer is NOT intelligent enough to find teh plugin folder if your system is not standard english - so make sure you browse to the correct folder if needed.
After the install when you start SketchUp, there is a pop-up asking for username and beta key or something. I just hit ok without entering anything. the plugin behaved a bit shaky, i just restarted SketchUp again and now it looks like i can use the beta plugin just fine. I did not toy around with it for more then a few minutes so far, but figured i should share this. Try for yourself and share what you find out.
Comment by Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck] on March 17, 2008 at 3:25pm
I have the same mail: "... In this phone chat, we'll explain the kind of feedback we're looking for in the beta test. ...."

That's kinda strange: I thought that beta testing means that I do what ever I want with it & break it.
And then telling them "it's broken".... perhaps they want to explain that I need to remember how I broke it (I've done this before :) )

Strange: email, msn, skype and they choose telephone.

Don't know what to think of this :(
Comment by brainjar on March 17, 2008 at 2:54pm
Got a mail (auto generated) from Waybe today, stating they want to have a phone number and a 5 min. phone interview to discuss what kind of feedback they search for. Must be the strangest beta test i came across so far.. and i did many. A "social" phone filter for a beta test?!?
Comment by brainjar on March 13, 2008 at 4:03am
thanks fro the info! Looks like SketchUp can expect to see some good plugins in the near future.
Comment by Jerom on March 13, 2008 at 3:50am
Interesting post for the Sketchup users!
But sometimes I use a (free) script: [JF]unfold.rb that I discover some weeks ago
Basically, It works like this unfold plugin, but:
- there is no "flaps"
- you have to unfold faces yourself.

More infos here:
http://sketchuptips.blogspot.com/2007/08/plugin-unfoldrb.html
Comment by Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck] on March 12, 2008 at 3:18pm
I though that I recognized the name "Metasequoia":
it's a Japanese program. I've read about it, and it seems to be the program of choice for a lot of Asian papercraft designers.

http://www.metaseq.net/english/index.html
Comment by Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck] on March 12, 2008 at 3:13pm
I know of a couple of free 3d programs that are on the internet (Blender, Wings 3D, Metasequoia , ....) and I tried some of them.
Most of the time they are very difficult to learn, and I got GoogleSketchup working within an hour.

I'm really not saying you should use GoogleSketchup instead of other (probably more advanced) 3D software but because it's easy to learn AND now you can unfold in it I like it.

Everybody should use the software they like...
I don't use a 3D program at all for my models?

But perhaps I should give Metasequoia a try, just to know what makes the French community tick...

:)
Comment by brainjar on March 12, 2008 at 12:38pm
don't worry mate, i did not understood it like that. :)

PD works fine for me as well, it's just a bit limited from my experience. And like i wrote here:
http://www.nicepapertoys.com/forum/topic/show?id=1905839%3ATopic%3A8261
...some shapes aren't possible with it in a clean way.

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