By Javier Edo
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forger is a digital sculpting application for the artist who wants to be able to sculpt anywhere. forger lets you sculpt while you are on the train, sitting on the couch, or waiting in a queue.
Featuring an intuitive multitouch interface, several deformation brushes, the ability to import/export OBJ files, and many other awesome features, now thanks to forger you can sketch out ideas anywhere you go.
Save your scenes to the internal scene format and use the popular OBJ file format to import or export new models or basemeshes. Dropbox integration allows you to open and save the models you have on the cloud!
With many brushes to choose from; standard, clay, flatten, move, smooth, pinch, inflate, crease, scrape, layer and mask. You will always find the one you need for the right task, each brush has an alternate function that does even more!
Increase the resolution of the model by multiplying the number of faces by four, whilst keeping the previous (coarser) version of the mesh as another sublevel. Step back and forth between levels to do big changes or work on details. Rebuild subdivision levels on previously subdivided meshes if importing from another software and carry on in forger!
Partial mesh visibility
Hiding parts of the model you are working on will help you focus on your sculpture, and getting to hard to reach areas.
Control the areas your brushes can afect by masking them. Masking will make sculpting in delicate areas easier.
Work in a non destructive manner by creating layers per sublevel for quick concepting and adjusting their intensities for different results.
Advanced stylus support
Applying different pressure on the device with the supported stylus will have different effect on the mesh. Currently supported stylus are: Wacom Creative Stylus, Pogo Connect and JaJa Stylus. Use their buttons as navigation shortcuts (orbit/pan).
If you have any ideas on how this app could be improved, found any bug, or want to put in some feature requests, contact support.
Please do not leave feature requests or bug reports on the app review comments as they won't be tracked internally, do it through the website support form. The average reply time for support is 36h.
What's New in Version 1.5.4
-Huge performance improvements. (Subdividing/changing level/loading/sculpting is 3x to 6x faster, depending on devices)
-Added Crease brush.
-Exposed falloff & general pressure curves.
-Improved symmetry handling.
-Small fixes and improvements.
Yup, it's really ZBrush!
The future has arrived in my mere pocket. The Retina display makes this possible. Even has subdivision levels. Brushes fully adjustable. I want to add exclaymation marks to these sentences. The modifier buttons offer two handed or careful two finger quick smoothing and even lighting direction change to highlight your relief area better.
BUG: zoom with two fingers is funky. Hardly works. The Home button helps get me a useful view at least. The quick tutorial shows three fingers seemingly on the wrong command. Needs a maintenance update. Works on iPhone 6s iOS 10.1.1 despite this zoom hassle.
Ah, zoom works better when I really move two fingers out drastically, so there's a threshold effect for this action. I'd prefer immediate fine control. Also, it's quirky enough that brush action kicks in as I'm just trying to zoom as one finger lifts off before the other. Please fix this utter deal killer. Other 3D apps have no such problem. I can't zoom in and out as I work and having to undo massive damage destroys my flow state of just sculpting. Even toy level app iDough readily does zoom/rotate simultaneously without invoking a brush.
BUG: double tapping to keep the smooth brush down invokes the rotation locking modifier.
BUG: the rotate gumball tool disables view rotate, meanly.
I was looking for a long time to find a mobile sculpting app for iOS that was comparable to Sculptris or zbrush....now, obviously this is no zbrush, but it is the close seat I've ever seen on a mobile device!
You can subdivide 6 or 7 times, add new spheres to give yourself more "clay" to work with, and switch between many brushes. This is an amazing app and easily blows 123d Sculpt out of the water.
I'm using an iPad Pro and have never had trouble with lag in this new version, it is honestly more enjoyable to sculpt in my iPad with forger than it is on my desktop with Sculptris. If you're looking for a fairly serious 3D sculpting experience on you iPad, this is the app you want!
A Simple Mobile ZBrush
It's a very fun app and I use it on the go to create base meshes to bring into ZBrush.
Symmetry is still an issue though. Occationally, it won't create the symmetrical side to a stroke and that throws off the symmetry of the whole thing after that point. and I have never gotten the Scan Topology button to work since it is imposible to select 2 faces in this app.
There are also some crashing issues when saving any meshes over 200,000 points. It will do it but it crashes about 1/4 of the time and you lose whatever work you've done..
Still, I am giving it a 5 star simply because it's solid app if you work around the issues. It has good support for the Apple Pencil and is easy to use. It must be difficult to make an app like this to work for an iPhone and iPad, so I have to give the developer props for the hard work.