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Terrain modeling software

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Hello! I am looking for good, general terrain modeling software. By "good" I mean able to produce non-heightmap based landscapes (caves etc) and have effective texturing tools, although anything and everything is of interest, really. Most programs seem to be limited to some kind of heightmap and different kinds of additional details (water, vegetation etc.) but I'm mainly interested in the creation of the mesh. Can be plugins, stand-alone applications or scripts. Doesn't have to be free or open source, though of course that is nice. Any suggestions?

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By "good" I mean able to produce non-heightmap based landscapes (caves etc)


Non-heightmap based terrains are very rare, and extremely hard to implement, I don't think I have ever seen a real-time terrain engine that supports caves or more than rudimentary overhangs.

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very true, its also a lot more efficient to model such things (caves and such) rather than use a terrain editor. basic terrain can be modeled using a terrain editor but almost all will export in hieghtmaps.

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