[Bf-committers] Generic Drag&drop for Importers?

patrick boelens p_boelens at msn.com
Sun May 17 18:29:17 CEST 2015


I feel a bit like this discussion is now being held in two places at once (here and the tracker[1]). I won't repeat my entire post here, but one point to note that I think is very important is that one of the main advantages of DnD, imho, is that you can bypass the menu traversion alltogether (import > look for the right importer ( > double-check what file you've got again)).

In response to "User specifies which importer to use (no automatic search)": For a DnD action, I would actually prefer the choice as described in the task by Bliblu Bli[2]. To me, a DnD action is all about speed and ease of use, and anything that can work towards that cause is a win to me.

Lastly, RE "Import options can be modified in the import operator panel": I don't see DnD as a replacement of the imports as they exist today, but purely as an addition. I would like a way to quickly switch to the import options (I made a proposal in the task[3]), but I don't think the modal importer should be the only interface.


[1] https://developer.blender.org/T44670
[2] https://developer.blender.org/T44670#309193
[3] https://developer.blender.org/T44670#309120 (paragraph 4, "Some people suggested...")

> Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 11:37:30 +0200
> From: gaia.clary at machinimatrix.org
> To: bf-committers at blender.org
> Subject: Re: [Bf-committers] Generic Drag&drop for Importers?
> @Campbell Yes, you are right. I changed the e-mail Subject.
> On 17.05.2015 01:51, Campbell Barton wrote:
> > @Gaia, the original post wasn't clear that (I think) you meant.
> >
> > generic drag&drop [for importers].
> What about a brain dead simple "path drag&drop" ?
> Example for .obj:
> - in blender open the Obj file importer
> - in the file browser select a file (e.g.: abc.obj)
> - then drag the file onto the blender importer
> - Now the filepath and the filename in blender will be set accordingly.
> - All the rest of the import remains as usual
> The same could work with cut&paste.
> The Benefits which i see:
> - User does not need to use the Blender file importer navigation
> - User specifies which importer to use (no automatic search)
> - Import options can be modified in the import operator panel
> -gaia-
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