[Bf-committers] Collada importer/exporter kickout

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Fri Jan 6 11:58:38 CET 2012


I think it's a bad precedence to create a tracker for every feature we notice is badly supporting or failing. Just moving reports to another tracker is not solving anything of course.

I would rather tackle it more political & practical:

1) Official announcement that Blender drops Collada support
2) Move Collada support into a branch, out of trunk
3) Create a tracker "orphanage" or "branches" or so, where we put all reports that are not in support (anymore).


I've personally had it with Collada and its supporters. Next time we add this back in Blender it should be based on well defined and tested use cases, on a level we (or the branch team) can support it. In my opinion that's proven to be impossible, for reasons how Collada works, designed and has been organized.

Three months ago already I wrote this open letter:


Ton Roosendaal  Blender Foundation   ton at blender.org    www.blender.org
Blender Institute   Entrepotdok 57A  1018AD Amsterdam   The Netherlands

On 4 Jan, 2012, at 20:57, Sergey Sharybin wrote:

> Hi,
> 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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