My Projects

Papa’s Best STL Viewer

my Ace Combat analysis

my Driver analysis

About …

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!

My page doesn’t use cookies and is free of ads. Because that’s how it should be. Have fun!


STL Viewer updated

I fixed a crash in the STL Viewer that affected users with very weak hardware. In addition, users with fast hardware now get enhanced antialiasing. You can get the update here!

STL Viewer updated

STL files can now be opened by dragging and dropping them on the STL Viewer. This hopefully eases navigation through folders! Furthermore, there are fewer dark places on the model because the light is now fixed to the observer.

STL Viewer updated

Maintenance with minor improvements. I’m planning some large modifications, and I re-engineered my deployment system to account for that.

STL Viewer updated

It has been requested that Best STL Viewer should render back faces (instead of hiding them). I absolutely agree, and I even think it was a bad decision to hide them. So here’s an updated version with back face rendering! (It also contains some minor fixes.)

Driver uploaded

I added a page for my experiments with the Driver games. You should check it out if you are a fan of the series or if you’re into retro gaming!

unpack_ULZ uploaded

An extraction tool for Namco’s proprietary compression format can now be found in the Ace Combat section!

STL Benchmark updated

I’m glad to announce that Cura’s update 3.2.1 improved loading time in my test from 31 to 19 seconds! Memory demand decreased as well. Updating Meshmixer to 3.4, however, didn’t bring any performance improvements.

Donation page added

Some users wanted to help me with the cost of this site. From now on, that’s possible.

Users being so satisfied with my software that they want to give something back in return – this makes me as a developer very, very glad and motivated.

Thank you so much!

STL Viewer updated

I added the ability to change the background color. The viewer defaulted to the background color of the current Windows theme, and I can understand that it’s not everyone’s taste. So, here’s a new option in the View menu! The viewer will remember your choice throughout sessions.

I like to choose a dark Windows theme during night shifts, and doing so makes the viewer adapt a black background as well. If you prefer that behavior, you can get it back by starting regedit and deleting HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Papa’s Best\DefaultBackgroundColor.

STL Viewer now on Thingiverse

After many requests, I have uploaded my STL Viewer to Thingiverse. Thank you, dear community, for your help and for all the kind comments!

Ace Combat uploaded

My experiments with the Ace Combat PlayStation games are now online. If you enjoyed the series, and if you like to peek behind the scenes of video games, then you’ll certainly enjoy that. Bring some bandwidth because I uploaded everything I have!