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  1. [center]Hello everyone, I am very happy to announce that [b]SceneMate[/b] a Unity3d World Building toolset I have spent long hours working on, is available for purchase![/center] [center][b][size=5]Asset Store Link: [url="http://u3d.as/content/tim-wiese/scene-mate/3JY"]SceneMate[/url][/size][/b][/center] [center][b][size=5]Website Link: [url="http://www.scenemate.net"]SceneMate Website[/url][/size][/b] [size=2]The website contains complete documentation on the tool.[/size][/center] [center][b]Dramatically increase workflow speed with SceneMate.[/b] SceneMate is a collection of workflow enhancing tools all in [b]one easy to use package.[/b][/center] [center][img]https://dl.dropbox.com/u/45247404/SMforum.jpg[/img][/center] [center][img]https://dl.dropbox.com/u/45247404/Screenshot2.jpg[/img][/center] [center][img]https://dl.dropbox.com/u/45247404/Screenshot1.jpg[/img][/center] [i]Some of the many tools SceneMate contains:[/i] [b]Snap Tools[/b] A wide range of object snapping options. [b]Robust ?Alignment Tools[/b] Quickly match the Position, Rotation or Scale of any number of objects to another. [b]Object Painter Tool[/b] Paint down objects in your scene with ease, including an array of customization options. [b]?Enhanced Debug Tool[/b] Prints out a number of statistics on the currently selected objects. [b]?Randomization Tools[/b] An extensive number of options to randomly Position, Rotate or Scale any number of objects. [b]Object Replacement Tool[/b] Quickly replace any number of objects within a scene. [b]Hot Keys[/b] Everything in SceneMate can be assigned to a hot key for easy access and a speedy workflow. [b]Color Swatch Tool[/b] Never lose a color again, hold on to all the colors you are working with by storing them in the Color Swatches! [b]Rotation Tools[/b] Extends upon Unity 3D's ability to rotate objects, making it quicker than ever. [b]?Offsetting Tools[/b] Offset any number of objects using a wide array of methods. [b]?Flip Tools[/b] Quickly Flip any number of objects on any axis. [b]Object Resetting[/b] Quickly reset any number of objects to their default Position, Rotation or Scale. [i]SceneMate will continue to evolve, I will be constantly updating the tool based on feedback I receive.[/i] [b]Works with Unity Free and Pro Versions 3.5 - 4[/b]