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

Brecht Van Lommel brechtvanlommel at pandora.be
Thu Nov 25 15:45:37 CET 2010

Hi Lukas,

>From the video, this looks very nicely done, I'll go over the patch later.


On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 8:22 AM, Lukas Tönne
<lukas.toenne at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Here's a small video demoing the feature:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUidTgzy8zo
> 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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