[Bf-committers] Meeting minutes May 1 + todo for release
matt at mke3.net
Wed May 4 01:50:25 CEST 2005
Ton Roosendaal wrote:
> ---------> Render
> - Bump map fixes
What's the situation with the 'temporary' 'make my render work
> --------> 3D Manipulator Widgets
> - offers global/local and normal alignment
What are people's opinions on re-using this setting for the default MMB
constrain co-ordinate system as well? I think it could be quite nice.
> --------> Softbody
> - Baking (done)
> - docs & demos!
Are the softbodies still considered WIP and open to proposals and
changes, or has it basically been locked off now? There are a number of
usability problems with it, and from what I can see on the forums most
people who aren't physicists and try to use it (including myself) are
getting very confused about what all the different buttons mean, what
units they are in, what effects they have and how they interrelate with
each other. At least in my testing, it's been one big session of 'tweak
unknown settings, test, repeat' but with all the different permutations
of variables affecting each other in mysterious ways, it's very hard to
predict, and hard to get good results for things that are more complex
than square sheets falling on spheres. I've seen good stuff in Jens'
test files, so I know the core system can do a lot - it's just very
hard for people like me, who don't have a deep understanding of the
code behind it, to get it working nicely. So far the buttons seem to
have been tacked on incrementally, reflecting changes in the code along
the way (and the baking popup.. ouch..), without a general plan/design
for interaction and workflow. It would be good if the interaction here
could be properly analysed, designed, considered and re-considered.
> --------> Post-production effect: ZBlur
> - it's the zblur sequence plugin, tied to render output itself
> - functionality highly limited... antialias & blur errors by
I have significant misgivings about this and will write another email.
> --------> New .B.blend
> - general re-check of standard color conventions (Matt?)
I would say if there are larger UI changes afoot (2.4) then it would be
much better to leave any default theme changes until then and do it all
in the one go, to isolate disruption and also for the purposes of the
2.3 manual being valid for the 2.3 series.
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