[Bf-committers] Replicable Crash in 2.34 with Yafray plugin,
Sun, 08 Aug 2004 12:02:54 +1000
Charles Wardlaw wrote:
>Also, I think that the XML button should be off by default in Blender,
>and that since Yafray takes a fair sight longer in larger scenes to
>*start* rendering, it might be nice to have a console-ish text bar on
>the side of the render windows.
I really like the suggestion of some kind of functionality to allow
generic feedback from external renderers. While working on the
RenderMan export for Tuhopuu, I had begun to work on a system to parse
progress strings from Aqsis and display those results in Blender, with
the additional aim of catching ESC key-presses from Blender and killing
the renderer process when they were received. This would have allowed
Blender to remain "alive" to some extent while the renderer is at work.
While I think you're correct that this is fairly simple conceptually, I
found it was quite difficult to sort out all the details and so
abandoned the idea for more pressing issues. What we need is someone
familiar with the correct way of launching a process which can run in
parallel with Blender (across platforms mind you!) and reading back the
output from that process. The inter-process communication must all
happen in parallel with the normal event loop so that the Blender
display remains live. I know that all sounds simple, but in my brief
experience it was a nasty mess!