Parama / Nurbster
I've been trying to get this program called Parama to compile for days, and nothing seems to work. Has anyone out there heard of it? It's written by a guy from San Jose State I think, and it's basically a simpler version of Bentley's Generative Components. It's written in Python and has so many dependencies that it take a few hours just to find them get them all installed. the sourceforge page is located here: PARAMA
I can't get nurbster to compile properly on WinXP at home or at the lab on Fedora. No one has answered my emails sent to the mailing list for it, and after all this hassle, it seems like this project is fake or something. It's really inspiring to read the research article on the Parama page, but I wish I could get the program to install.
It's also inspiring to hear that it is developed around the SLUT framework, also coded by the same guy. If you haven't read this
, please do it. You owe it to yourself.
One a random sidenote: I tried to call Bentley to see about getting our school an evaluation license to Generative Components or CustomObjects, or whatever it's actually called, and the lady told me I had to get a professor from our department to apply for the license, and that they had to be experienced with parametric design software.
Apparently Bentley gives students the opportunity to attend one of their workshops on Generative Components provided they write a proposal for a project idea where it would be necessary or useful to use parametric design software. I haven't had a chance to put together my proposal, but I will post it when it's done so someone can tear it apart.