I wish I still had a copy of VB6 installed to try this one out (seems like it's been forever since I've fired up VB6). I received an e-mail from "Davide" pointing me to his VB6 to XAML conversion tool. I can't read Italian (here's the Babel Fish translation in broken English), but I like what I see in the screenshot. Anyone out there with VB6 who can give us a first-hand account of its effectiveness? Cool stuff, Davide.
I've been remiss in blogging about Thomas Goddard's Maya to XAML conversion tool, but he's now submitted it to CodePlex! Yes, that means that you can download the source code and see how he pulls off his magic. Thomas has spent over a year building a lot of professional-level features into this plug-in, and in my opinion, it's one of the best conversion tools out there. There's even an issue posted that's near and dear to my heart: quaternion rotation. Okay, it isn't really "near and dear," but the term sounds impressive, and I've read enough about quaternions to feel guilty that I still don't grok the concepts. Oh well. Regardless of my inadequacies, great job Thomas! I'm off to 7-11 to grab a SLERPie.
Takeshi Onishi built a tool called Cyberdelia that allows you to create 3D animations and export them to XAML. The page is in Japanese, so if you're like me, you might need to try the Babel Fish translation. It'll be interesting to see where this one goes.
Here are some other conversion tools for WPF that you might find useful (the first three of these are winners in the recent WPF Conversion Tool contest). I'll be adding these to my WPF Tools and Controls page shortly:
- Jonas Beckeman's PSD to XAML Converter
- Andrej Benedik's Viewer3ds
- Fred Vandervelde's DWG/DXF to XAML Conversion Toolkit (D2X)
- Amr Khedr's OBJ to Xaml Converter and DXF to Xaml Converter
- Serkan Kesgin's SXConverter
Any that I've missed? If so, let me know, and I'll be sure to add them.