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- Aug 1 2014, 3:25 PM (198 w, 4 d)
Sat, May 19
Reading that the 3DCursor is made disappear in SculptMode, it has seemed to me a shame, just like a user suggested can be very useful, which is why I think more than eliminating it should be vitaminized to be more useful. I think that if the 3DCursor had head and tail could be used for more things, such as the ZB Transpose Tool or the Modo Linear Fallof Mode.
At Blender we already have Mira Tools's Deform Mesh that does something similar.
My proposal is that it resembles a bone of one point and if its future is to be expanded its functionality, the other is affixed.
Thu, May 17
In the same way that the new extrusion tool allows to move in the transformation coordinates and in the normal one, I was wondering if it would be convenient to unify the transformation tools in edit mode a bit.
Wed, May 16
Finally, I have made a comparison between the current distribution of the attributes and the proposal with the alignments changed, to see the final effect.
I've done a simple animation to show how the cursor affects the three attribute editors at the same time.
It is necessary to show how to navigate between nodes from Attribute Editor, but I think that showing a pop-up Node Editor window would be enough.
I would also like to comment that other programs such as Houdini or Maya align in a similar way, but then add long sliders to the right.
I have added and updated the icons.
Sat, May 12
I have updated the design.
Thu, May 10
From Node Editor and the proposal of Properties Editor, I have made a new proposal trying to unify the representation of its attributes in the two editors, indicating if the attribute is animated, linked ..., and at the same time indicated if it has Inputs or Outputs.
Thu, May 3
I would like to remember this concept of manipulator of transformation of objects, based on a free axis and a circle, I find it very interesting as an alternative to the current one.
Tue, May 1
Matcap is a trick to simulate a complex illumination by a texture, but the magic is lost in the fliped faces. I think the normals should always look at camera in this mode, and the Face Orientation Overlay support transparency adjustment.
I usually see students modeling with golden and normal inverted Matcaps XD
Because the icons are 3D and the color is per vertex, I suppose it should be easy to flatten them by eliminating shading and shadows. I have done a test to see the result. In the same way that now you can adjust the saturation and opacity, it would be cool to be able to adjust the shading and the projected shadow.
Sat, Apr 28
Selecting the objects completely within the trace, or partially within the selection stroke, is an option that I have always missed in Blender.
Autocad directly modifies this option depending on the direction in which the selection is made, from right to left or in the opposite direction. It is not intuitive but you adapt quickly.
Another useful option is face mode by selecting mesh or by face center.
I have also observed that in Blender Select Lasso uses the origin of the objects to make the selection while Border Select uses the mesh, could it be another option of the selection tool?
Apr 6 2018
Another attempt for static and dynamic overwriting.
Mar 26 2018
I completely agree with William Reynish's design document. Working with active tools is more intuitive and unifies all the attributes, options and manipulators related to that tool.
The active tool system is better when you have to repeat an action several times, and although it is less direct, at any time you can call an action directly thanks to the use of Sticky Keys.
The use of Sticky Keys seems to break the current modal system, because it is uncomfortable to press more than one key at a time. I think that by pressing RMB during the execution of the tool, you can display a floating menu with all the options of the tool.
I leave a .gif showing the suggested option.
Feb 6 2018
I could not resist. Here is a completely different proposal for the Overrides.
Feb 4 2018
Taking into account some criticisms I have adjusted the design of the overwritten ones.
I leave you alone until next weekend :)
Feb 3 2018
The last of today
I have made stickers for the Overrides. They are red as the record icon, I do not know if it is the best option.
Feb 2 2018
My proposal for the probes
Feb 1 2018
First of all, to say that there are very good designs.
Jan 30 2018
I leave you a proposal. I have done it vectorially, but when I rasterize it it does not have the contrast that I would like, for this reason I have contrasted and outlined it by pixel. If it is of your interest I can improve it or pass the .svg file.
Nov 11 2017
Thank you for clarifying some questions Paweł Łyczkowski.
Nov 7 2017
Surely developers see it clearer than me, but I personally find several blind spots in the design of the top bar. Sorry in advance if I'm confused.
Nov 2 2017
Oct 23 2017
Oct 22 2017
My two cents.
Hi Campbell, I see that in your "Tool System Proposal" you have everything in mind.
Oct 10 2017
Sep 16 2017
When you launch an image on the 3D viewer, it automatically appears in the backgroud. It would be good to conserve this functionality with the Empty Images. It would make cut out animations with ease.
Converting the Empty Images to Mesh Planes, retaining the proportions and texture, I think would also be useful for playing with complex shaders and lighting.
Sep 11 2017
Perhaps, by placing the Pivot in the center of the image by default, it will streamline the workflow.
Aug 30 2017
I've done a demo to show the most minimal version of the sliders.
The gradients or not of the lines below the values, show whether the attribute is finite or not.
Some functions are displayed when you hover over the cursor.
I think in my version the values stand out better.
Jul 18 2017
Thanks for the aclaramient Clément.
From what I have seemed to appreciate the overlapping faces of the same object are sorted by identification number and by material. The materials under the pile are painted at the end (above).
It is difficult to see in the second image, it shows how some Backfaces are painted erroneously above the faces oriented to camera.
I hang another image where it is better appreciated. The yellow and green grid material are the same. There are two objects to the left and one with two materials to the right. From above the transparency is seen correctly, from below the order of painting is reversed.
Jul 17 2017
Jun 3 2017
Just a mockup of Property Editor more responsive to the area width.
It involves vertically dividing the editor and setting the visibility of the panels located on the left partition.
Here an animated .gif
May 6 2017
I think for lights and cameras it would be wise to keep an iconic shape with fixed size.
I also believe that the current shape of the lights could be differentiated more, better define the direction of light and show its intensity. It would be useful to be able to edit some parameters by entering Edit Mode or a new Mode where the basic parameters of the objects are visually editable. I painted white shapes that could grow or change color, depending on the color of light or intensity.
I have added an iconic shape to the camera, I have removed part of the hidden mesh of the pyramid and reduced the size of the triangle that marks the vertical.
Combining white and black for the shapes makes them more visible.
May 4 2017
I think Alt 3 is correct although compared to the initial icons, the outline should be brown, not black or gray.
Anyway I added a couple of proposals adjusted to the style of the icons of Blender.
My vote is for Alt 5 :)
Apr 29 2017
For me the last alternative you have outlined is good, although it is radial the circle is not closed and can be interpreted as general. I leave some ideas, I personally like the arm, shape is complex but the silhouette is very recognizable, on the other hand it is generic and because it is also in WhatsApp the association is also fast. The boxing glove looks like a cloud.
Apr 10 2017
I've been playing around with the shader and wire of the objects and I upload some of my thoughts for Viewport representations.
Apr 6 2017
The customization of the color of the wireframe by object go against to the color symbology used by Blender, for this reason I have been exploring a bit with the contours of the active selection to see if it is possible to separate the function of color and the customization.
On the other hand, happy to see the improvements in the grid.
Mar 31 2017
I have made a gif where the new selections are highlighted for a few moments.
I do not know if it can be useful or distracts visually.
If this don't slow down the workflow, I think it can help to better orient yourself in the scene, especially when jumping from one object to another in sculpt and paint mode, or when you have two overlapping models, in high and low definition version, and you don't know which one you are selecting.
The new grid loses opacity as it approaches the clippig / end, since the horizon is parallel to the view I think that the opacity of the grid can also fade as the angle of the plane and the angle of view is smaller.
When the position of the camera approaches Z = 0 the grid should fade.
Mar 23 2017
Opacity of the edges relative to the length of these on the screen.
What if, in addition to filtering the visibility of objects with the collection, are also highlighted or filtered objects with labels?
Local camera (selected objects) could be one more tag.
Mar 22 2017
Wow, the grid is cool! You might charge less if you gain opacity near the selected object and updates while object is moving.
The last suggestion of today. Perhaps objects that can not be selected should be darker or cooler.
Show optionally, proportional transformation with an editable color gradient
The mesh subdivided could lose opacity according to the number of subdivision.
The UV islands may have different colors in Edit Mode.
Feb 10 2017
A couple of small suggestions:
When you want to move an object in Z and Y is pressed G + (Shift + X), I think it would be more comfortable to use G + X + X.
With Ctrl + LMB, selections are made with lasso, it would be more useful to do it with Shift + LMB, adding + Alt to execute the rectangular selection and + Ctrl to invert the selection function.
Dec 17 2016
Re images #2 & 3: I guess you mean being able to select a transform manipulator axis, so that the next time you LMB-drag the transformation will be constrained to the selected axis? I thought about this idea too - it might be pretty handy - but I'm afraid it will be annoying for people who switch back and forth between using manipulators and shortcuts/LMB-drag: they'd always have to make sure no axis is selected if they want unconstrained transformation using LMB-drag. I yet have to find a proper solution to this.
Dec 4 2016
There are keyboard shortcuts that only work in one area and one mode, and there are others that always act, such as F12 to render or Ctrl + S to save.
I do not know if it would be a good idea to ban the general shortcuts and make all specific for the area and working mode. In other words, Ctrl + s should only act on the information area, for example.
I only comment as a reflection, as I think this might facilitate the editing and maintenance of the shortcuts.
By default Blender accepts the actions with the left button and cancels with the right. Some addons like Mira accept with the right button, and others like Craver sometimes do it with Space.
May 29 2016
Ohh yes Thomas, for me it's the perfect solution. With "Active layer" could be possible to preserve the old Blender's funtionalities, and overwrite objects representation.
I would add the possibility to filter objects's visibility by object's name or anything else (subtractively).
I guess the partitions are intended to render layers, not for the 3D viewer, isn't it?
Here a fast mockup.
May 14 2016
Without giving much importance to the 3D cursor, we can have the next interaction with the 3D manipulator, leaving the right mouse button to select exclusively.
Seeing the fourth drawing, where the planes are added to the manipulator, if the arrows are preserved, the current interaction is kept, thus any transformation plane is accessible.
May 4 2016
Currently Blender allow to have an object in several layers, the mock up of
Paweł Łyczkowski, maintains this possibility. Is an extension of the current model and looks great.
If the objects were unique for a layer, the next a mock up would make sense.
The two systems seem right, just I think it is worth making one last thought. One keeps compatibly with Blender itself, the other is more similar to other programs.
By the way, I do not see the need to individually access the parameters of each object. It is assumed that the layers serve to treat objects in groups
May 3 2016
Except that the layers override substractibamente visibility and selection, I do not see that differ too much from the groups. I believe that the layers should also allow overwrite smoothing, and wireframe visibility, and other object properties.
May 2 2016
The mock up is very cool, this functionality it will be a big improvement for Blender.
Maya has recently improved its layers rendering, I recommend that you take a look at their news.
Apr 27 2016
I have thought to put the slots on top of tools menu, and add more slots, and add edit mode version, but ... forget it. It has a conflict with modal tool options, and becomes too confused.
Most of the time we need to configure the tools and not replace them, although the slots could be filled with presets, it's too crazy.
Maybe a good representation and easy configuration of mouse shortcuts it's enough.
Thanks for your attention, Zbrush possessed me.
Apr 26 2016
I see a relation of this last post with the firt one, where there was some slots for tools. Instead of calling directly a tool I suggest to call a slot, more or less like Zbrush does.
I think it's something more than a key configuration.
(Context Sensitivity + Modes + Presets)
Thinking in your words Jonathan Williamson, I have thought maybe would be a good idea split key comands in "key shortcuts" and "mouse shortcuts". This way would be more visual to see how user interacts with modes (and tools?), and change the behaviour if neeted.
As I have said in other thread, in my opinion spaceBar should be in this table too.
As we can see in this table there is a lot of empy space.
Apr 22 2016
Before organizing Blender in task oriented environments, I think it is worth trying other modes of organization.
In this Mockup I simply added a tool shelf in property editor and I have removed it from 3D view tools panel, this way brush properties goes with other properties, such as texture properties, multiresolution deformer...
I added three slots for active pinzeles, the second and third is accessed by pressing Shift or Alt. All slots are modifiable. Ctrl inverts brush function same way it does now.
Perhaps with more slots we could assign more keyboard combinations.
Apr 14 2016
Maya uses MMB for dragging handles and attributes forn anywere of screen.
If you click over a handles becomes selectet (idem for attributes) and then you can use MMB for dragging it.
Blender use MMB for camera rotate, and RMB for dragging objects. RMB could be used in Maya MMB way. This works for the rotate and scale manipulators too. If there isn't any manipulator in viewer, could work like now, dragging from the camera point of view.
There is some incompativity, because in Blender, RMB popups a menu over attributes :(
Apr 13 2016
Other similar option.
Dec 17 2015
Nov 6 2015
Although things are going in another direction, I make this entirely different proposition.
I believe that the SPACE bar is underused, it's a long key that lets slip your hand around the keyboard without losing sight of the key. We could use it to do combos with other keys in the same way that Ctrl or Alt.
"B" Key (= Blender) could replace the current role of space, "B" it is in the center of the keyboard too, and it's accessible with both hands.
Oct 30 2014
Pies + sticky keys seems a good combo, this way we have direct actions and menus in one key. Anyway I think using pie menus without sticky keys and QWEASDZXC for accessing to pies actions would be faster. For instance: W for opening Transform Pie and Q to active Translation gizmo. Never mind, pies and sticky keys seems good option too.
On the other hand, I would use C for positioning 3D cursor, and holding i t for opening snapping object and cursor menu. It would leave left mouse click for other purposes.
Long time ago, I mixed Nathan's experimental hotkeys with standard hotkeys and I got and interesting behavior:
·1 rotate camera + 2 holding Alt -> snap view ·1 holding Alt + 2 rotate camera -> Set camera preset (front, top ...)
Oct 27 2014
For Pie Menus, based in pie piece distribution and left hand's position , I think sould be better to use QWEASDZXC short keys instead 789456123 (or both).
Oct 1 2014
Assuming the default camera can not be deleted and clicking twice the "Z" key can temporarily access their attributes
Sep 29 2014
"For the display and shading panel, that's impossible to add all these buttons in the header shading's mode selector"
Why not? All these parameters could be inside camera attributes.
I would move all attributes from all view properties to regular properties window.
Aug 3 2014
Personally, I prefer the previous version