[Bf-committers] Collada importer/exporter kickout

Sergey Sharybin sergey.vfx at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 20:57:57 CET 2012


As everybody noticed current collada importer/exporter is very buggy which
seems to make this format almost useless in Blender. And what's much worse
-- we don't actually have developer who maintains this area.

We discussed this already with Campbell and found that OpenCollada itself
isn't actually maintaning -- there are only few commits in several months.
Ofcourse it doesn't mean this library is useless and all bug from our
tracker is related on that issues, but still.. Maybe the time have come to
re-think this importer/exporter (investigate if it's possible to fix issues
in clear way, check if design is good enough -- not sure, haven't touched
this code deep myself)?

Here's our proposal:
- Move all collada-related issues into it's own tracker. Like it was done
with BGE, it might help finding volunteer to fix them. Also, people will
see that it's not actually core stuff and that it's community-supported.
- Disable collada in release builds. It's not useable and only seems to be
making artists disappointed.

More optimistic targets would be find volunteer to pick up this stuff who
will make it usable (maybe rewritting this stuff from scratch..)

With best regards, Sergey Sharybin

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