[Bf-committers] Blender developer IRC meeting minutes, july 31 2011

Mike Erwin significant.bit at gmail.com
Mon Aug 1 05:39:41 CEST 2011

> - OSX team: anyone available to join Jens/Damien as platform
> maintainers for build issues, library compiles, releases and
> especially Cocoa updating?

Ooh, me! I'm especially interested in keeping PowerPC viable. What
kinds of Cocoa updates? And while I'm writing, big thanks to whoever
pulled the Mac mouse coordinate Y-flip back into GHOST_SystemCocoa
where it belongs. That always bugged me...

> - SpaceNavigator branch: the basics works fine and can go in 2.59, it
> wont break things. Nathan Letwory will discuss with Mike Erwin if
> that's possible within 1-2 days.

Yes, very possible. 3Dconnexion folks are pleased with where it's at
right now, and about 200 users are banging away at it. Only things
left to do prior to release are to disable some debug logging and
include a few more user prefs based on early feedback. Actually, most
important at this point is being able to build, and I could use help
here. These are known to work:

Mac w/ scons
Windows (MinGW) w/ scons
Windows (visual studio) w/ scons
Linux w/ scons
Linux w/ cmake

If you are an "official" builder and you use something not in that
list, please attempt to build branches/merwin-spacenav and report any
breakages. Only difference from trunk are a few extra files to
compile, a static lib on Linux, a weak framework on Mac. It would be
handy to enable/disable 3D mouse support at build time, like so many
other systems, but this has not been a priority.

> Further work would be to implement a "Dominant" and Non-dominant"
> event queue in Blender. Dominant handlers also define input context,
> non-dominant handlers only follow this. This is also related to work
> presented at Blender Conference last year for Multi Touch support.

SIGGRAPH trip is out for me this year (passport for US to Canada? who
knew!), so I'll be saving my nickels for the Blender Conference
instead. Until then, I'll try to make it to the Sunday meetings so
when I think "what on earth is a 'dominant' event queue?" someone will
be around to explain.

Mike Erwin
musician, naturalist, pixel pusher, hacker extraordinaire

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