Hey, all. I was oggling my ship in STO, which I seem to do a lot (it's really purdy on my desktop), and got to thinking about how cool it'd be if I could make an okudagram of it like you always saw of the different ships in the shows. However, I'm not 100% sure how I could go about it, what sort of tools and methods would be best, etc. So, perhaps you fine folks might have some insights or suggestions, or know where there's a guide online (I've seen quite a few custom ones on the web already) that might help me get it started. Thanks!
Fun fact: I've seen the okudagram of the Enterprise D in person (the one that you always saw in main engineering). While on a TV you can't make out much of the details, looking at it up close in person revealed that some of the little icons scattered across the ship included things like a car, a biplane, a rubber ducky, and an ice cream cone.
I love Okudagrams, or at least, their appearance and flow. When I put together the LCARS for our fleets introduction flash and various other internal flash elements, I found the following very helpful;
2 - Adobe Flash and Fireworks are my preferred choices when it comes to LCARs design, it offers vertex design and such for that area. If you want some examples of application, just visit the fleet link in my sig, no commitment required, just have a peek at the Intro flash and the Astrometrics option on the nav bar on the left, which also shows some more LCARS in a different kinda application.
Though I realize now I made a mistake in my terminology. What I meant to say that I'm trying to make is one of those Master System Display thingies of my STO ship, ala the giant one on the wall in Engineering of TNG I mentioned before, or like http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/sc...-okudagram.jpg
Obviously that's a little more complex than a generic okudagram, and hence the source of my quandry in figuring out how to even begin doing that. I'm wondering if I can take a picture of my ship from in STO from the side, and perhaps Photoshop it from there, filling it in first with blank parts and then drawing the decks on top, or drawing it from scratch while using the screenshot as a sort of guideline underneath it. Unfortunately, I have essentially no experience when it comes to using Flash from the design side, so I dunno how well it'd work out there.
what you suggest, of screenshot of the side of the ship, and then outlining the shape etc from there is a good plan, what you need to ensure of course is adjust the image to "flatten" it, as opposed to an isometric 3D view.
Flash is the "best" option to make it interactive, but not necessary at all for a simple static or simple animated image.
Another tricky thing is going to be the warp nacelles, because they block part of the hull from a profile view. I noticed Voyager's MSD has the nacelle detached and moved away a little bit, I guess I can do that as well.
For reference, this is what my ship looks like in profile (basically an Advanced Escort with the nacelles very close to the hull). I get the feeling this is going to take a while to make, heh. But should be worth it.