[Bf-committers] Material Panel Proposal

Xavier Thomas xavier.thomas.1980 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 20:51:18 CET 2011


As you said it is not perfect but I agree it is a good idea.
My thinking is:
- Do not change the panel organisation acording to what option is selected,
just shade/deactivate some controls
- I would inlude the material type (Surface/Wire/Volume/Halo) inside the
render pipeline panel, leaving just the id selector above the preview.

good work


2011/2/4 ervin weber <ervin.weber at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> I want to show you a proposal for the Material Panels regarding
> handling of nodematerials. Even if it's not the perfect solution, I
> think it's a step in the right direction.
> A patch, an image and a py script to test directly in Blender are
> provided here:
> http://projects.blender.org/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=25939&group_id=9&atid=127
> What the patch does:
> * Adds a new panel: "Render Pipeline Options" bringing together the
>   material properties that belong to the pipeline level. Those are the
>   properties not mixable in material nodes.
> * If use_nodes is enabled, it adds a new field under the material
>   selector showing the selected material node, or a label telling you
>   that none is selected.
> * If no node material is selected, it hides the panels containing the
>   node material's properties
> * If use_node is enabled and a node material is selected, it adds a
>   NODETREE icon in every header of panels containing node material's
>   properties. The panels containing the base-material options remain
>   unchanged
> Discussing in IRC I got positive feedback except for the last point.
> Icons in headers are a bit ugly, but the need remains for showing the
> user what properties are of basematerial and what of node material.
> So I welcome better ideas :)
> I look forward for your comments, thanks.
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