[Bf-committers] Blender 2.5+ Roadmap (Proposal)

Stephane SOPPERA bf-committers@blender.org
Fri, 19 Sep 2003 22:04:44 +0200

>* .Blend file compatibility
>  The current .blend file format is not suitable for the above presented
>  mechanism. There is a project working on .XML file format support in
>  Blender. A .blend file format importer needs to be written (copy /
>  paste) to support backwards compatibility. The .XML file format should
>  then become the new file format for Blender.

I'm not sure XML is the right meta-format to store 3D informations. I 
allready have had bad experience using it to store meshes, especially 
with the parsing time. It's not yet proven that XML can replace the 
.blend file format efficiently. If the main issue I see about XML is 
speed, size of files could also be a problem.
As far as I know, the current implementation of an XML file format for 
blender works only for saving (the fastest part) and not for loading. It 
will be very interesting to test it with big meshes and big scenes when 
it will be available.

Aside from that little issue, I think your approach is quite interesting.

Stephane SOPPERA