[Bf-committers] Shapes / Shape Keys - confusing terminology

Scott Pledger scottpledger2005 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 03:30:59 CET 2009

+1 for Mold. I agree that shape is too commonly used.

Yours Truly,
Scott R. Pledger
Pledge Computers
scottpledger2005 at gmail.com

On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 18:25, Fabrizio Cali <fabcali at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I think the term 'shape' is too generic and a too commonly used
> English word in arts and crafts - digital or otherwise. This would
> make things more confusing - not less - to explain.
> Just imagine: "Yes. An object can have a certain shape ...but when we
> say shape, we actually mean various varied shapes of the original
> shape stored in the file that we can later key to in varying amounts.
> This gives us lots of inbetween new shapes..."  uhm......WHAT?!  8-/
> ;)
> How about 'Mold'?
> I know it can have the exact same problems as Shape but it's a much
> less frequent used term in computer terminology. It also has stronger
> 3D connotations than Shape which is a common term even in 2D programs
> and it is also more apt as when you an make an RVK/VK  target, what
> you're doing is preparing a 'Mold' for your mesh to conform to...
> So we can now shape a Mold, key a Mold, sculpt a Mold etc etc. :)
> Otherwise I'd prefer MorphTarget or even Blendshape but 'shape' on its
> own will be problematic linguistically imo.
> And guys: Thanks for the great work you're doing on 2.5!!! :)
> Have a good week!
> :)
> Fabs
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