I’m Chris – father (Papa in German) and enthusiastic software developer. This is where I upload my best tools, hence the name – Papa’s best!
My first upload is the STL Viewer I wrote for 3D printing. All the clicks and pauses with MeshLab & Co annoyed me, so my STL Viewer comes without bloat. Double-click, see the file, done!
You may have noticed that the setup of my STL Viewer has become smaller recently. This is mainly due to optimizations to the container format, Microsoft’s Compound File Binary Format (CFBF). I decided to share those optimizations with you, so I added CFBF Optimizer to my site (including source code). If you’re a programmer or just into data compression, check it out!
The latest version fixes problems with the background color as well as spaces in file paths. Apart from that, detection of measurement units has improved. So if you ever had problems opening files that should otherwise be fine, or if the Viewer ignored your background color settings, be sure to head over to the download section!
This update allows to run Best STL Viewer on computers that are very weak or very old (missing Direct3D 11-compliant hardware and drivers). It will automatically fall back to software rendering, which is very slow – but it’s better than nothing! (Windows 7 is still a minimum requirement, though.) Some small problems have been fixed as well.
The STL Viewer now comes with a greatly improved setup (better updating, less UAC prompts, significantly smaller size) and a new option to use US/Imperial units (auto-detected on first launch). You can grab the update at the download page!
Ace Combat models updated
When I first released the extracted Ace Combat 3 plane models, my code contained a bug, causing various shading problems. It’s now fixed, and I improved the nose tips of the planes as well! Furthermore, I updated the model viewer – aside from a few dozen fixes, you can now copy snapshots to the clipboard via Ctrl + C.
Head over to my Ace Combat page to see new snapshots and download the updated package!
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