Lack of real time editors


#1

Clearly Armory is still in development and I am not assuming much on the final product. The current state of armory however does make me wonder how workflow will be improved as envisioned by the team.

Creating materials with the node editor is great, but without real time rendering of said materials it gets tedious to compile and run my file to see the result, especially when I want to tweak small things. Particles currently are limited but I foresee the same issues here. Without proper real time rendering in the tools , I feel, workflow will be limited. I honestly wouldn’t mind if we got something like http://effekseer.github.io/en/ . Being expressive in visualizing effects is important and it seems rather obscure how armory will achieve these things with blender.

Is there any insight in how blender 2.8 can help with these issues?


#2

Perhaps Armory could get specific editors panels ?
Let’s say a material editor, when you press save or compile you see how the material will look, like Unreal 4 is doing.
And a particle editor small window preview is also needed to tweak particles in real times, this is a must needed feature.


#3

A krom window would do just fine as long as I don’t have to close/rerun it every time. Krom does support hotswapping code so it should definitely be feasible. At least to my knowledge.

I’m not entirely sure how much can be done with the build in particle tooling blender provides, how much Lubos can add to make things work in the viewport. I don’t like the fact particles are bound to mesh/object data either. Having a separate object for it would be nice but I understand that these type of things should be set from Blender to close the gap between tools. But again I have a hard time wrapping my head around how Blenders tools can provide an expressive system for particles.


#4

Like Unreal 4, it opens a new real time editing window when you edit materials or particles.
While you edit a particle in Blender , you could have a save and test button, click on it and the selected particle would be refresh and play again in the new real time window viewport.

Why don’t you create a request on GitHub ?
Forum is only discussion, any request must be submitted to Github.


#5

Becauze it’s not a formal request. You’re cutting this conversation short, this is a discussion. Im hoping to get more info on where armory is heading in terms of tools and flexibility. I don’t know ehat Lubos has planned. Right now, as beta it might be, im hitting a lot of roadblocks. I want to keep using Armory3d, i just want some assurance that i dont end up with an unorthodox workflow that will be more crippling than helping.