Friday, May 29, 2009

On feature requests

I'm generally totally open to particle feature requests or ideas and I've now added a 'smaller things todo' and 'interesting ideas' lists on the side panel for you guys to get a better idea of all particle things I'm thinking about.

I think the best way for me to get your requests is by commenting here on my blog. I can't quarantee any requests will make it on to the todo lists, but I will give serious thought to every request I get. That being said I hope to receive quality requests with a clear explanation of what the wanted feature is, example of possible workflow and some reference links if possible. All "AddFeatureXCauseIt'sReallyCool!!" type requests will unfortunately be totally ignored :).

P.S. To all those of you hungry for info on nodes progress: I've gotten very basic emission working to a simple (non mesh) cube shape, but will halt further development untill I've checked more on how other software (like houdini suggested by genscher) handle things.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sidetracked from boids for a while

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I've been sidetracked a bit from coding boids into exploring possibilities of node particles. Yes, you heard it right :) I know I've said before that that would require a massive rewrite of the current code, but on a closer look I'm not yet sure if that's the case so at least I'm venturing into the unknown for a little while to see what things would be possible without too much trouble.

The main reason for this is that I added some ways of combining boid rules in a more complicated way and started realizing that the ui could get very complicated in complex rule systems. One way to help the situation would be to have the boid rules as nodes, but then again why go through the trouble of nodalizing a part of the particles without going the whole way. Let's see what happens and you can be sure I'll post something the minute I get anything worth showing :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First post

Nothing much to see yet, but hopefully I'll be adding info on particles progress soon!