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2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby Richard » Thu May 11, 2017 6:16 pm

Added in (the upcoming) V2017.2 release is support to allow a geometry object (a line segment with two vertices) that is used to define both the centre and the axis for an animation. This will work with rotate, translate and the knob animations.

This makes it easier to define the axis (no more manual entry of coordinates), and also means that if the object is moved the axis will follow this movement and therefore make it easier to reuse objects.

The syntax for this is
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<axis>
    <object-name>some-object</object-name>
</axis>

Once the object-name used for the axis has been processed the geometry object will be hidden. This also allows a visual check for any axis objects that are not yet assigned.

It is possible to reuse the same object definition multiple times within a single XML file.

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Re: 2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby D-ECHO » Thu May 11, 2017 7:00 pm

Really Really Really cool! Thanks!!
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Re: 2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby wlbragg » Thu May 11, 2017 8:07 pm

Yes, really cool. Could have used this puppy a few hundred rotations ago, but thanks non the less. :D
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Re: 2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby CaptB » Thu May 11, 2017 8:52 pm

This will make animating quicker, thanks!
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Re: 2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby StuartC » Thu May 11, 2017 8:54 pm

will it brake existing animations?
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Re: 2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby Richard » Fri May 12, 2017 9:27 am

StuartC wrote in Thu May 11, 2017 8:54 pm:will it break existing animations?


Existing methods for animations should still work exactly as before. If animations don't work as before then it's a bug in the new stuff that I'll fix.
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Re: 2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby Avionyx » Sat May 13, 2017 6:26 am

You haven't got enough props for this yet so I'll just go ahead and say a huge thank you!

As someone who only in the past year has got the hang of animating things this is something that we've really badly needed.

On a complex aircraft development this could easily save tens if not hundreds of hours as well as mean more complex anims are more likely to make it into the sim.
Huge step forward in a very often overlooked area.

I owe you a beer for this one.

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Re: 2017.2 Animation improvements

Postby owenpsmith » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:42 pm

Thanks! This will make it much easier when re-positioning existing animated objects, which will result in fewer occasions where I say "Maybe it is good enough where it is" when it should really be moved. 8)
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