I see a lot of talk about getting something coming out of the rubble that was blender. In my humble opinion (and probably worthless too), I think that new effort should be as focused as possible given the state of free/low$ CG now. I think it is a matter of where the free/opensource community has most their eggs right now.
A. there are plenty of free/open source modelers out right now that really rock. Wings 3D, hamapatch etc.
B. there are a few really good free/opensource renderers out there. Virtualight, BMRT, POVRAY.
C. there are a few free apps like blender and Art of illusion that have animation, modeling and rendering.
D. the fact is that these full projects are decent in their feature set but they lack in one or more of their catagories because development is so broad.
I think that a character animation and effects package that was focused would not have to worry about making modeling tools or renderers…it would only have to be able to interface with them.
It can be done…Just look at something like hamapatch as an example of using other renderers. It will let you use 3 different stand alone renderers. Lightwave will let me import my obj’s from wings and animate them as a subpatch object.
A proposed feature set:
Well, basically look at martin hash’s animation master and copy everything you can for character animation.
partice system/effects and spriticles
be able to use sub-d cages so there is no assigning bones to thousands of vertexes nightmare. maybe interface with the hamapatch guy to handle spline objects too…don’t need to do it as much with the other modelers since polys are fairly universal.
Built in texturing/UVmapping/procedural engine
linked to some outside renderer. maybe more than one.
Scripting and open API so that when all the core is good it can be expanded.
anything you can think of.
What do all you guys think about this? I just saw a fierce amount of interest being stirred up and suddenly realized what I am missing most as a consumer of free cg software…and I figured that by focusing more we could have a product that would kick butt in half the time of some O.K. complete package. greedy I know, but are’nt we all.
Post what you think…cause something like this could get off the ground quick.