Blender has been accepted by Google again for the Summer of Code grants.
Anyone who’s a student in an official recognized college or university (at reference date 27 May) can apply with a development project for an open source organization, and get paid for work on this during the summer period.
You can also help spreading the word among local colleges or universities. Via online university channels, or by printing a small leaflet with info to put on public bulletin boards. Here’s a A5 sized example you can use:
And of those 16, only 7 1/2 made it to trunk (I count the bevel/bridge/boolean as half)? Less than half. That´s grim, I think a requirement for completion would be to show at least some level of completeness…
Any way, according to Ton, they preliminarily got the slots they requested, which I imagine would be at least as many as last year, so things looking up - and a lot of interest in Cycles it seems
Student developers, moderately ambitious projects, unfamiliarity with Blender’s codebase, limited completion time, potential conflicts/readiness issues with core development… I’d say a nearly 50% inclusion rate is pretty impressive. Many other GSOC development projects for other applications don’t even get that much.
Here is my proposal (same as gsoc 2012 :rolleyes:) :
Skinning - Animation:
Skin wrap modifier /an essential rigging tool - a second engine to the mesh deform modifier :
This modifier can be found in 3dsMax (and i think there is something similar in Maya). Like the Mesh Deform modifier, it deforms a mesh using a reference mesh.
The difference is the way the vertices are weighted : it uses the distance between vertices of the two meshes instead of the mesh volume.
It can be used in the skinning process to:
-skin clothes, props on a skinned body within two mouse clicks, regardless of the skinning method used for the body : armature modifier, mesh deformed modifier, and it deforms well with the corrective shape keys as vertices are simply bind to each other.
-ease clothes simulations using a low poly reference mesh in the simulation and binding a high def mesh with lots of details on it.
-skin the low poly version of a high poly mesh quickly
-etc… essential in a movie production once you’ve tried it.
User Interface :
I think of mainly 3 parameters and one button :
-Object: reference mesh to bind the base mesh
-Distance : the distance between the vertices of the reference mesh and the vertices of the base mesh used to bind the vertices
-Fall off [0-1]: Used to soften the effect with the distance
-A “Bind” button to compute.