First time contributor here looking for feedback on a free open source Blender Add-on I’ve been working on. Thicket is a Blender 2.80 Add-on to import Laubwerk Plants high resolution plant and tree models using the Python SDK distributed with the commercial Plant Kits, including the Plant Kit Freebie.
I’m an independent open source software developer and archviz hobbyist, I’m not affiliated with Laubwerk GmbH. I started this project to migrate my archviz workflow from SketchUp to Blender.
I’m reaching out here hoping to get some feedback from Blender artists. The project is functional, but still relatively early in the development cycle toward a 1.0 release (currently at 0.3.0). Specifically I’d like to hear from you regarding:
- Utility (do you find it useful?)
- Ease of use (did it behave like you expected it to?)
- The Blender Way (does the Add-on feel like it was made for Blender in terms of terminology, UI layouts, workflows, etc.?)
- Feature set (is there something else you would like it to do that it doesn’t?)
- Platform (Thicket is limited to Mac OS and Windows due to the dependency on the Laubwerk Python SDK which isn’t available for Linux)
I’d welcome both comments here as well as Issues on the GitHub page.
OK, so with that, a quick intro to the Thicket Add-on for context. Thicket provides a visual plant gallery to select from the installed Laubwerk plants.
The Plant Properties panel provides options to configure the plant model variant, age, and leaf density. It generates separate viewport and render objects, supporting various levels of detail for each. The viewport can display a low poly proxy (convex hull), partial or full geometry models in any of Blender’s viewport modes.
The rendered model geometry is generated using various level of detail controls. Thicket uses Material Nodes and takes advantage of collection instancing to optimize scene size.