Model is Astronaut by Domenico D'Alisa
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Another one down! Most of the work on Build 9 is dedicated to renderer speed-ups. A patched (9a) builds already got out yesterday, delaying these release notes a bit.
In case of issues, previous Build 8 is still available on itch.
Shader complexity is reduced, lights management is improved, render paths are cleaner and more batching is employed.
SDK should now work out of the box when installed through itch.io app, no need to move it out.
Resolved conflicts with other Blender add-ons by moving Armory into it's own package.
Project is now auto-cleaned when migrating to newer SDK, no need to do it manually.
Fixed troubles with glossy materials on Windows and Linux.
Minor animation fixes, more still needed. Armory now takes scene fps setting into account. Internal animation structure has been streamlined.
Global illumination advancements, leveraged to render the astronaut pictured at the top. More updates coming to the Voxel Based GI topic soon. Currently it is required to use C++ target to get things running - working to resolve this by next build.
Slowly adding more logic nodes. New example is up which will be dedicated to showing new ones in the simplest possible form.
Example added on the in-development Batch Meshes and Batch Materials features. These are helpful especially if you have lots of materials(30+) in the scene. Batch Meshes internally bakes objects with shared materials into single buffers. Batch Materials will merge materials with similar node setup and offload differences as material uniforms. This speeds up shader compilation and reduces pipelines switches leading to better performance. Testing 400 monkeys, 1.5M+ tris, 50 materials with the same node setup on integrated Intel HD 5100 - performance increase is roughly from 25 FPS to 39FPS with no visual impact. This also opens door to even more speed-ups by using 'indirect rendering' in the future.
New example added on point lamp shadows. Finally, omni-directional shadows are implemented in Armory. Shadows are captured into a cube-map and each face culls out invisible objects. Of course this is still more costly than regular spot-lamp shadows. In case your point lamp is placed 'out' of the scene, you can disable omni shadows in Armory Props for a performance gain.
Created a new example to group small material tests. Object Info node has been implemented. (Thanks for report Petr Krejcik - if you are reading this!).
Hope nothing explodes and things get once again more solid.
Onwards to Build 10:
- Armory turns 10! The plan is to take 3 week dev-time and come up with some bigger leaps (already in the making)
- Improving animation system
- Get closer to Cycles output using voxel GI