[Bf-committers] GSoC 2012 / Importer work

Erwin Coumans erwin.coumans at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 04:52:31 CEST 2012

Having FBX import in Blender would be great.  Once you have ascii, you can
also do binary:

IrrExt as part of Irrlicht has some primivite ascii/binary FBX importer,
with very limited features.
I added the source code with working Visual Studio 2010 project files in

Just for the record, gamekit has 2 different .blend file importers,
one called bParse another FBT, if you are interested:
bParse is under gamekit/trunk/Dependencies/Source/Blender25,
File Binary Tables is under gamekit/trunk/Tools/FileTools

Thanks and good luck!

On 24 March 2012 19:13, Alexander Gessler <alexander.gessler at gmx.net> wrote:

> Hey,
> my name is Alex, I'm an CS undergraduate at Stuttgart University. I'm an
> avid programmer with slight focus on 3D graphics and 3D file interchange
> in special.
> I found Blender's idea list for GSoC this year and there are some topics
> that I'd be very interested in working on - but maybe I should first
> explain my background.
> Some years ago I co-founded and manage to this day the development of
> Open Asset Import Library (assimp, http://assimp.sf.net), which is a
> portable, BSD-licensed C/C++ lib to read ~30 different 3D file formats,
> including Collada, 3DS, X .. and BLEND (I wrote the importer for it, I
> think it's the only open source implementation of the format, apart from
> Blender itself and Bullet). There are various (incomplete) scripts to
> integrate Assimp into Blender around. A possible idea for GSoC would be
> to integrate our library directly into Blender - but given how many
> formats Blender supports already, I'm not absolutely sure it would add
> significant value - but maybe you think different?
> Anyway, looking at the idea list on blenderwiki, everything in the
> Import/Export section would nicely suit my background. I read that
> Collada is already in the works, but I could tackle proper ASCII FBX
> import support for Blender (I do actually like biting myself through
> file formats that lack full specifications). IGES/Step would also be a
> nice option, I did write STEP parsing code for Assimp's IFC importer in
> the past so I'm not totally new to the topic.
> I hope this wasn't too lengthy :-) Looking forward to your feedback!
> Bye, Alex
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