[Bf-committers] Import based on extension

patrick boelens p_boelens at msn.com
Tue Oct 15 19:36:14 CEST 2013

Unless I'm missing something, you could delay the loading of the mesh until you hit import, just as it is now.

I would imagine this working as:

- File > Import (opens file browser)
- Select Object.obj (left bar shows obj-specific options such as Smooth Groups)
- Select Object.dae (left bar shows Collada-specific options)
- Click "Import" (imports the mesh)

which would definitely be a huge improvement imho. If you're importing assets that aren't your own (i.e.: you just extracted a .zip from ModelsRUs.com), this would allow you to dive right into Blender and examine your options on the fly, rather than first diving into the folder in Finder/ Explorer, checking which files are model files and determining which of those you want/ are compatible with Blender.

> Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:02:11 +0200
> From: albartus at home.nl
> To: bf-committers at blender.org
> Subject: Re: [Bf-committers] Import based on extension
> I am unsure how practical this workflow would be;
> Import an object using the 'default' import settings. Then have in the 
> toolshelf (on the left) the import options which a user can tweak. 
> (changing an option will cause the current imported to be removed and 
> re-import with the new settings.) This would mimic the way a new mesh, 
> say a circle, where the user can change the radius/vertices as long as 
> nothing has been edited.
> The problem becomes then that re-importing the mesh could take longer. 
> (maybe an apply button?) The advantage could be that instead of making 
> the selection up-front, it can be done after 'import'.
> I am unsure how practical (from a user's perspective) that would be 
> though. Maybe setting the import options on forehand is the best way to 
> go. It would be the first application to change import-settings after 
> import?
> > This has come up before, and it can be done.
> >
> > The main thing to resolve is how to show operator options (some way to
> > re-initialize different operator properties when selecting a file with
> > a different extension).
> >
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