[Bf-committers] Nameable group node sockets and other improvements

Lukas Tönne lukas.toenne at googlemail.com
Thu Nov 25 08:22:20 CET 2010

Here's a small video demoing the feature:


On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:28 PM, Lukas Tönne
<lukas.toenne at googlemail.com> wrote:
> As part of the ongoing work on the particles-2010 branch i decided to
> address some of the nagging issues of group nodes. While nice in
> theory, the usability of node groups suffers from bad behavior and
> missing features to reveal its true power. Three things in particular
> i would like to fix:
> * External sockets should be renameable to give some meaning to the
> parameters and outputs of a complex group.
> * The order of external socket should be changeable (e.g. to stress
> different importance of sockets).
> * The internal sockets that get an external counterpart should be
> selectable explicitly, instead of having to use ugly workarounds to
> hide some of them.
> The first of these has now been implemented as a patch for trunk
> (which i will port to the particles branch too of course). It seems to
> work very well, but since i had to change some of the inner workings
> of group nodes, it could use some more testers. See the patch
> description for details.
> https://projects.blender.org/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=24883&group_id=9&atid=127
> There are certainly more features that would be nice to have for nodes
> (nested groups, more ui improvements), but these three can be
> implemented quickly.
> Cheers,
> Lukas Tönne

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