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Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Ben Supnik - 2018-03-17

Hi Y'all,

I've been in stealth mode for a while now, but I wanted to stick my head up to see if anyone knows how to contact Allen Smith.

I've been steadily maintaining Bricksmith for myself (e.g. fixing crash bugs) and was thinking a point release to update it for modern versions of Mac OS X would be a win. But I haven't heard from Allen in years -- I lost email contact with him around when he stopped posting on these forums.

If anyone who has been around LDraw for a while knows how to reach Allen directly, please contact me. I'd like to ping him before doing anything as drastic as a hard fork of Bricksmith.

Thanks
Ben


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Willy Tschager - 2018-03-18

(2018-03-17, 14:48)Ben Supnik Wrote: Hi Y'all,

I've been in stealth mode for a while now, but I wanted to stick my head up to see if anyone knows how to contact Allen Smith.

I've been steadily maintaining Bricksmith for myself (e.g. fixing crash bugs) and was thinking a point release to update it for modern versions of Mac OS X would be a win. But I haven't heard from Allen in years -- I lost email contact with him around when he stopped posting on these forums.

If anyone who has been around LDraw for a while knows how to reach Allen directly, please contact me. I'd like to ping him before doing anything as drastic as a hard fork of Bricksmith.

Thanks
Ben

You've got a PM with his email address.

w.


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Manfred Kern - 2018-04-01

(2018-03-17, 14:48)Ben Supnik Wrote: Hi Y'all,

I've been in stealth mode for a while now, but I wanted to stick my head up to see if anyone knows how to contact Allen Smith.

I've been steadily maintaining Bricksmith for myself (e.g. fixing crash bugs) and was thinking a point release to update it for modern versions of Mac OS X would be a win. But I haven't heard from Allen in years -- I lost email contact with him around when he stopped posting on these forums.

If anyone who has been around LDraw for a while knows how to reach Allen directly, please contact me. I'd like to ping him before doing anything as drastic as a hard fork of Bricksmith.

Thanks
Ben

Hi,

interesting news. I am new to Apple-Development. So, I first thought to do simple technical conversions like converting to ARC and modern Objective-C. But I soon realized that it is not that simple - and because I am a novice, I am stuck.
But I am happy to hear, that I am not the only one interested if Bricksmith development will progress.

Manfred


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Warren Elsmore - 2018-07-14

Hi Ben,

Did you ever hear from Allen? We use Bricksmith *heavily* (all the models in all my books are done on Bricksmith) so anything that can increase stability on current versions of OSX I'm really interested in!

Warren


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Jaco van der Molen - 2018-09-03

(2018-03-17, 14:48)Ben Supnik Wrote: Hi Y'all,

I've been in stealth mode for a while now, but I wanted to stick my head up to see if anyone knows how to contact Allen Smith.

I've been steadily maintaining Bricksmith for myself (e.g. fixing crash bugs) and was thinking a point release to update it for modern versions of Mac OS X would be a win. But I haven't heard from Allen in years -- I lost email contact with him around when he stopped posting on these forums.

If anyone who has been around LDraw for a while knows how to reach Allen directly, please contact me. I'd like to ping him before doing anything as drastic as a hard fork of Bricksmith.

Thanks
Ben

Interesting indead. Though I use LDraw on Windows machines and thus all Windows programs, I do have a Mac too and use Bricksmith sometimes.
Would it be possible to get an updated version to test?


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Warren Elsmore - 2018-10-23

Hi Ben,

Just as an update - Bricksmith 3.0 really doesn't work on OS X Mojave. Lots of window handling issues and I've just found out the hard way. Would it be possible to get your latest version to test? 

I think if you want to continue using it a hard fork might be necessary. I'd be happy to help you in that if I can, but my coding skills are next to non-existent sadly.

Warren.


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Orion Pobursky - 2018-10-24

(2018-10-23, 22:13)IWarren Elsmore Wrote: Hi Ben,

Just as an update - Bricksmith 3.0 really doesn't work on OS X Mojave. Lots of window handling issues and I've just found out the hard way. Would it be possible to get your latest version to test? 

I think if you want to continue using it a hard fork might be necessary. I'd be happy to help you in that if I can, but my coding skills are next to non-existent sadly.

Warren.

I talked to Allen during BrickCon. Real life has gotten in the way of his development. I plan on asking him if I can fork the project to Githib and release, at the very least, a recompiled version that works. That said, I haven’t had any issues on Mojave but I haven’t really used Bricksmoth in any in depth way since the upgrade


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Warren Elsmore - 2018-10-24

(2018-10-24, 1:38)Orion Pobursky Wrote:
(2018-10-23, 22:13)IWarren Elsmore Wrote: Hi Ben,

Just as an update - Bricksmith 3.0 really doesn't work on OS X Mojave. Lots of window handling issues and I've just found out the hard way. Would it be possible to get your latest version to test? 

I think if you want to continue using it a hard fork might be necessary. I'd be happy to help you in that if I can, but my coding skills are next to non-existent sadly.

Warren.

I talked to Allen during BrickCon. Real life has gotten in the way of his development. I plan on asking him if I can fork the project to Githib and release, at the very least, a recompiled version that works. That said, I haven’t had any issues on Mojave but I haven’t really used Bricksmoth in any in depth way since the upgrade

Thankyou - that's completely understandable :-) My main issue on Mojave is that when you open a file, the window never opens! So it's pretty much unusable for me. 

If Allen does agree to fork it onto Github, please let me know if I can help. I don't have any development experience but I do have other resources that I can help out with, I'm sure.


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Ben Supnik - 2018-11-29

Hi Y'all,

I'm sorry to have gone AWOL here -- for some reason my forum prefs got zapped to not email me, so I didn't realize there was news.

First, Warren: the good news is the latest tip of Bricksmith -will- run on Mojave.  I have been periodically fixing various breakages due to OS updates, so my guess is you're seeing something I have already fixed when maintaining Bricksmith for my own use.

The bad news is that compiling Bricksmith on Mojave/X-code 10 produces 3-d views where the parts are hidden.  The renderer is working - you can see the model in the debugger, but the scrolling views clip out the results.  I've been working around this by compiling builds on an older version of OS X until I have the patience to figure out what's gone wrong.

Orion, if you have any contact with Allen, the most useful thing would be to find out if we can get his blessing to do an updated release based on latest code; I'm happy to release a binary of what I have (which should work on Mojave) but I had been hoping to hear from him before taking the step of splitting the binary releases.

Regarding github, Bricksmith is already there, twice! I've been using GIT to track the official SVN repository for years, so when I found I had to build on an older Mac that I don't use to model, I got fed up and used github to 'port' the code over.

https://github.com/bsupnik/bricksmith

Turns out I'm not the only Bricksmith developer to do that - Robin beat me to it. :-)

https://github.com/robinmacharg/Bricksmith

From what I can tell, there's nothing stopping us from doing this (or releasing binaries), as the code is under a BSD license.  I would like to get Allen's blessing on a binary release though; Bricksmith is his brain child.


RE: Bricksmith and Allen Smith - Orion Pobursky - 2018-11-29

(2018-11-29, 3:52)Ben Supnik Wrote: Hi Y'all,

I'm sorry to have gone AWOL here -- for some reason my forum prefs got zapped to not email me, so I didn't realize there was news.

First, Warren: the good news is the latest tip of Bricksmith -will- run on Mojave.  I have been periodically fixing various breakages due to OS updates, so my guess is you're seeing something I have already fixed when maintaining Bricksmith for my own use.

The bad news is that compiling Bricksmith on Mojave/X-code 10 produces 3-d views where the parts are hidden.  The renderer is working - you can see the model in the debugger, but the scrolling views clip out the results.  I've been working around this by compiling builds on an older version of OS X until I have the patience to figure out what's gone wrong.

Orion, if you have any contact with Allen, the most useful thing would be to find out if we can get his blessing to do an updated release based on latest code; I'm happy to release a binary of what I have (which should work on Mojave) but I had been hoping to hear from him before taking the step of splitting the binary releases.

Regarding github, Bricksmith is already there, twice! I've been using GIT to track the official SVN repository for years, so when I found I had to build on an older Mac that I don't use to model, I got fed up and used github to 'port' the code over.

https://github.com/bsupnik/bricksmith

Turns out I'm not the only Bricksmith developer to do that - Robin beat me to it. :-)

https://github.com/robinmacharg/Bricksmith

From what I can tell, there's nothing stopping us from doing this (or releasing binaries), as the code is under a BSD license.  I would like to get Allen's blessing on a binary release though; Bricksmith is his brain child.

I forked Bricksmith to GitHub as well but haven't done anything with it. I'll abandon that fork in favor of yours. I do have contact with Allen so I'll message him tomorrow and point him to this post.